Did you know that Baltimore routinely ranks as one of the cities with the worst drivers?
According to the Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report, Baltimore ranked last as the least safe driving city in America. Along with auto accidents, collisions involving semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and 18-wheelers are also common on Maryland roadways. Take a look at the infographic below for some shocking statistics about truck accidents.
When a trucking accident is caused by negligence or failure to adhere to safety regulations, multiple parties may be held liable. Holding a negligent party accountable in a truck accident can be difficult and complicated. Without the help of an experienced attorney, you may not get the maximum compensation available in your case.
If you have been injured in a semi-truck or tractor-trailer accident, call Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A. today for a free case evaluation: (410) 685-2022.
Maryland Trucking Accident Facts and Statistics
Large trucks account for a surprising number of traffic accidents each year in the state of Maryland. Trucking accidents can be devastating, causing catastrophic injuries to other drivers and passengers. Tragically, many truck accidents are completely preventable.
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Truck Accident Statistics
- Crash Locations: 85% of the state’s traffic accidents occur in Baltimore and the Washington D.C. metro area. (Source: Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT))
- Risky Roads: Baltimore’s Highways 695, 95 and 83 have been identified as “Risky Roads” in Maryland because of their propensity for traffic accidents.
- Number of Crashes: On average there are more than 23,000 crashes in Baltimore City each year, accounting for 22% of Maryland’s reported traffic accidents. (Source: MDOT)
- Statewide Crash Summary: Baltimore City has the highest number of injury crashes in the state, according to the January 2020 Statewide Crash Summary. (Source: Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration)
- Crashes Involving Large Trucks: In 2017, there were 785 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the state, 49 involved large trucks defined as having a gross vehicle rating (GVWR) greater than 10,000 pounds. (Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA))
- 6.2% Fatal Accidents in MD Involve Trucks: Crashes involving large trucks accounted for 6.2% of the statewide fatal motor vehicle accidents. (Source: NHTSA)
- 72% Deaths Are Riders in Passenger Vehicles: In 2017, 72% of those killed in large truck crashes across the United States were occupants of another vehicle. (Source: NHTSA)
- Truck Accidents with Another Vehicle: In 2017, of the 49 fatal truck accidents in Maryland, 29 occupants of other vehicles were killed and 9 non-vehicle occupants (i.e. pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.)(Source: NHTSA)
- Weekday vs. Weekend Accident Report: You are much more likely to be involved in a truck accident on a weekday. (Monday through Friday) (Source: NHTSA)
- Common Causes of Truck Accidents : Common causes of large truck accidents include collision with a moving vehicle, fixed object or pedestrian, overturn, jackknife, poor road conditions, or cargo equipment loss/shift. (Source: NHTSA)
Injured in a Truck Accident in Maryland? Contact Our Firm Today for a FREE Consultation.
If you were seriously injured in a truck accident, contact Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A., to discuss your case. Our lawyers are dedicated to getting you the largest recovery available in your case. We have obtained over $200 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients.
When you are injured, you need an experienced attorney who knows the law and how to take on large insurance companies. Commercial truck drivers and their employers are required to follow state and federal rules, including requirements set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). When you come to us, our legal team will conduct a thorough independent investigation of your case, reviewing the driver’s logbook, maintenance records, and safety training.
Our experienced attorneys at Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A. can help ensure that your best interests are upheld and that negligent truck drivers or trucking companies are held responsible for their actions.
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