Recently, this blog discussed the unfortunate death of twenty-two year-old University of Maryland student Cory Hubbard, who was struck by a car while walking across Baltimore Avenue in downtown College Park. According to the Maryland State Highway Administration, 116 pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles in 2007, a significant increase over the 94 that, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, were killed in 2006. In the same year, nationally, 4,654 pedestrians were killed and over 70,000 more injured in pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles. According to the NHTSA, two years later in 2009, 59,000 pedestrians were injured and 4,902 killed in accidents involving motor vehicles.
In response to this increasing occurrence of traffic accidents involving pedestrians, Smart Growth America, a national organization dedicated to researching ways in which to improve America’s neighborhoods, has prepared a report, entitled “Dangerous by Design,” which studied where pedestrian fatalities are happening and which U.S. counties, metro areas, and states pose the highest risk for pedestrians. According to the report, in the decade from 2003 through 2012, 47,025 people died while walking on our streets, representing 12.3 percent of total traffic deaths. During that same period, 676,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents, or one approximately every eight minutes.
Maryland Has High Rate of Fatalities
In Maryland, 1,067 people were killed while walking between 2003 and 2012, representing 18.3% of the 5,799 traffic-related fatalities in the state during this period. To compare the relative safety of walking in various locations, the report developed a measurement called the Pedestrian Danger Index (“PDI”) to give an indication of the likelihood of a person on foot being hit by a vehicle and killed. The PDI was based on the share of local commuters who walk to work and the most recent five years of data on pedestrian fatalities.
Maryland’s overall PDI was calculated at 78.6, placing it fifteenth nationally. Baltimore ranked 28th on the list of most dangerous areas to walk in 2014, with a PDI for 2003-2012 of 66.42, which is approximately 20% higher than the national PDI of 52.2.
With ever-increasing traffic congestion and the tendency of many Maryland residents to walk where they need to go, pedestrians are at greater risk than ever for being injured or killed in a traffic accident. If you, your family or friends have been involved an accident in which you sustained injuries, you may need legal representation to protect your right to compensation.
If you, your family or friends have been involved an accident in which you sustained injuries at the hands of a negligent driver, you need legal representation to protect your right to compensation. The qualified attorneys of Brassel, Alexander & Rice, LLC have extensive experience representing individuals who have been injured by the negligent driving of another. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car or motorcycle accident, contact the attorneys of Brassel, Alexander & Rice, LLC today