It was a deadly weekend on the roads in Anne Arundel County and Western Maryland. According to The Baltimore Sun, two traffic accidents involving cars hitting pedestrians occurred on Sunday, leaving three people dead and several others with serious injuries. Details on these Maryland pedestrian accidents are as follows….
The Sun reported that in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, a car went off the road and struck three members of a family who were resting on the roadside from a bicycle ride. The family members were taken to area hospitals with injuries and the car driver died.
A second weekend traffic accident occurred in the Western part of Maryland when a car reportedly drove into a crowd of people who were lingering after church. In that Maryland car – pedestrian accident, two people were killed and a third hospitalized.
When questions of liability arise in Md. pedestrian traffic accident cases, families may consult an Anne Arundel County accident lawyer to determine whether they have a case.
Maryland & U.S. Pedestrian Accident Statistics
In 2008, 116 Maryland pedestrians died in traffic accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that pedestrian fatalities caused by traffic accidents have declined over the past 10 years: Nationally, 4,378 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in 2008, a 16 percent decrease from 1998. Young children and seniors (over age 65) are at particular risk, as are pedestrians who cross the street at night and/or not in a crosswalk. In a large percentage of pedestrian traffic fatalities, alcohol may be involved for either the driver or the person(s) on foot. (Source: NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts Data 2008 : Pedestrians)
Police continue to investigate the cause of both fatal Maryland traffic accidents involving pedestrians.
Cars plow into pedestrians in Arundel, Western Maryland
The Baltimore Sun Aug. 9, 2010
Related Web Resources
Federal Highway Administration: Pedestrians & Bicycle Safety