Posted On: July 30, 2010

Maryland Traffic Crash Data : Auto Accidents and Fatalities Down, but Aggressive Driving Stats Up

The Choose Safety for Life * Maryland Safety Campaigns has posted some interesting data on motor vehicle accidents in Maryland:

  • Total number of Maryland car crashes has gone down from 104,103 in 2004 to 95,349 in 2008.

  • The number of fatal crashes has also declined: from 576 in 2004 to 539 in 2008.

  • Maryland traffic deaths declined from 643 deaths in 2004 to 592 deaths in 2008.

  • Traffic accidents causing injury in Maryland have declined from 36,611 accidents in 2004 to 32,769 in 2008.

Public safety campaigns, stiffer driving laws, and ramped up law enforcement efforts seem to be making Maryland roads and highways safer. However the same studies show that while Maryland traffic accidents, deaths, and injuries have declined -- accidents caused by aggressive driving have statistically increased.

Aggressive Drivers in Maryland : Police Codes Tell the Story
The study attributed 3,909 Maryland motor vehicle crashes in 2004 to aggressive driving -- a number that jumped to 6,111 aggressive driving accidents in 2008.

The study notes that changes in how police officers code Maryland motor vehicle accidents has contributed to the dramatic increase in aggressive driving accident statistics. Better data collection on the part of police has led to more accidents now specifically being attributed to aggressive drivers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) classifies aggressive driving as when a motorist "commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property."

Motorists know the signature traits of aggressive drivers: tail gating, passing on the right, cutting in and out of lanes, yelling and making rude hand gestures, and leaning on the horn. Carroll County, Md. car accident injury attorneys see the results of what can happen when a driver's temper and rush to get someplace gets the better of them. People die and are maimed on the roads in Maryland due to aggressive driving. (See link to the NHTSA portal below for what to do if you encounter an aggressive driver.)

Other Maryland Traffic Accident Trends of Interest
The Choose Safety for Life statistics show a reduction in numbers of Maryland car crashes caused by drunk or drug-impaired drivers (8,556 accidents in 2004 vs. 8,145 accidents in 2008), as well as distracted drivers (44,972 accidents in 2004 vs. 23,707 accidents in 2008). However, numbers of Maryland motorcycle accidents increased.

Source:
Maryland Statewide General & Program Area Objectives vs. Actual Numbers
Choose Safety for Life * Maryland Safety Campaigns
Produced for the Maryland Highway Safety Office by the National Study Center for Trauma & EMS (December 2007)

Related Web Resource

NHTSA Aggressive Driving Portal

Posted On: July 21, 2010

Maryland Nursing Home Abuse Case : Judge Sentences Nursing Assistant for Stealing Pain Medication

The Maryland Attorney General's office issued a press release regarding sentencing in a recent case of nursing home abuse in Northern Maryland. While many nursing home abuse cases involve assault or neglect of a resident, this case involves something we hear less about, but is just as abusive -- theft of pain medication from an elderly patient who needed it.

According to Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, a 34-year-old man from Hagerstown, Md., pled guilty to stealing a Fentanyl pain medication patch from a 94-year-old patient. The perpetrator was employed as a nursing assistant in a Washington County, Maryland nursing home.

Baltimore County nursing home abuse lawyers assist families who believe a loved one may be suffering from abuse or neglect at a Maryland nursing home.

The judge in this Maryland nursing home abuse case handed down a sentence of 3 years
incarceration (suspended) and 3 years supervised probation. The perpetrator is not allowed to engage in employment in any nursing home or health care facility. His crime was discovered by a nurse at the facility, who found the patient to be suffering from pain and his pain patch missing.

Video cameras also assisted investigators in identifying the nursing assistant who stole pain medication from a Maryland nursing home resident. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid used in chronic pain management -- in cancer patients, for example. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it is more potent than morphine.

Washington County Nursing Assistant Sentenced for Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult
Attorney General of Maryland Press Release June 29, 2010

Related Web Resource

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): Fentanyl

Posted On: July 16, 2010

Maryland Highway Construction Worker Killed in Dump Truck Accident

The Washington Post reported that a construction accident near the Beltway claimed the life of a 27-year-old man from Bryantown, Maryland.

According to Maryland State Police, the traffic accident occurred early on July 15, 2010, on Pennsylvania Ave/Route 4 in Forestville, Maryland, near the Beltway. Reports state that a road construction worker was killed when he was crushed between two dump trucks. The victim was brought to a Prince George's County, Maryland, trauma center, where he died shortly after.

Prince George's County construction accident lawyers are well aware of the hazards to workers in and around highway and road construction zones. Road workers often perform their jobs at night, in narrow sections of the highway, with heavy construction vehicles moving closely alongside laborers on foot.

According to The Center for Construction Research and Training, highway incidents were ranked among the top causes of construction worker death in the U.S. in 2005, with transportation accidents amounting to 28.4% of all deaths from construction injuries. (Source: The Construction Chart Book, The U.S. Construction Industry and Its Workers, Fourth Edition, Dec. 2007.)

This Maryland construction truck accident is being investigated.

Man killed by dump trucks in Md.
The Washington Post July 15, 2010

Related Web Resources

The Center for Construction Research and Training

Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health