Law enforcement and governmental agencies in Maryland make certain to keep track of motor vehicle accidents and their causes throughout the state. This is not just to maintain a record but to determine how and why they happened so methods can be devised to reduce them where it is possible. These statistics are separated into the individual areas of the state so that the causes can be analyzed in depth.
For Harford County, the number of fatal accidents on the road rose in 2016 compared to previous years. There were 23 fatal accidents in Harford County last year with 25 total deaths, as some had more than one death in the same incident. This is an increase from the 22 there were in 2015. Five were investigated by Harford County law enforcement and 17 by Maryland State Police. This includes one accident that happened just after the start of the new year.
The kinds of accidents that led to the deaths varied in cause and victim. The one referenced above that happened just after the new year was an ATV accident in which two men died. One roadway - Route 1 - was a frequent area in which motor vehicle accidents occurred, albeit in different locations. Two of the accidents that the state police investigated were pedestrian accidents. One wreck in which a pedestrian was hit by a box truck in a parking lot was handled by the sheriff. In the state, there were 523 fatal accidents on the road in 2016 compared to 521 in 2015. Twenty-one percent of these fatalities were pedestrians.
Drivers never expect there to be involved in a car accident when they head out onto the road. People do not expect a loved one to die in an accident when they leave for the day. Unfortunately, these incidents do happen with far greater frequency than is generally known. With any fatal accident, the family left behind will be confronted with financial, emotional, and personal issues that can be difficult to navigate and think about in the immediate aftermath. There can be massive expenses and an uncertain future. A key to moving forward is to have legal help with an investigation and in pursuing litigation. A lawyer experienced in motor vehicle accidents can provide that assistance.
Source: Baltimore Sun, "Police investigated 23 fatal crashes in Harford County in 2016," David Anderson, Phil Davis, Erick Butler, April 28, 2017