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Teen drivers cause more fatal car crashes

While individuals under the age of 21 make up approximately 10 percent of all licensed drivers in Maryland and across the United States, they cause a disproportionate number of fatal crashes. These accidents, which often involve drunk driving and distracted driving, are due in large part to teen-specific behaviors. For example, experts believe many young drivers have an invincibility complex that leads them to engage in dangerous activities.

Speeding is major cause of car accidents

At one time or another, many Maryland motorists have driven over the posted speed limit, whether they were traveling on city streets, freeways or rural roads. Before they do so again, however, they should consider the consequences, the least of which is a traffic ticket on their driving record.

Improving car roof standards may save lives in Maryland

According to the NHTSA, roughly 600 people are killed each year and 900 are injured due to collapsing car roofs after a rollover. However, regulations regarding the stability of car roofs had not been updated since they originally went into effect in 1973. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 216 required a vehicle's roof to be able to withstand a force equal to 1.5 times it weight up to 5,000 pounds without moving more than five inches.

Car accident statistics

Everyday, car accidents in Maryland and around the country result in deaths, serious injuries and property damage. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vital Signs report that was released in October 2014, almost 7,000 people go to the emergency room everyday in the United States because of motor vehicle accidents. The majority of car accident victims are people over 80 years old, teens and young adults.

Maryland man in hit-and-run turns himself in

According to reports, a 73-year-old man who was allegedly involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision on Feb. 1 on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway turned himself in to federal marshals on April 8. The man reportedly told officers he didn't know what he had struck with his vehicle the night of the accident.

Maryland car accidents and sternum fractures

One of the more dangerous injuries a person might receive in a car accident is a sternum fracture. The majority of people who suffer from sternum fracture injuries receive them in motor vehicle accidents, and they are at greater risk if their airbags do not work or they are not wearing seat belts.

Many distractions for teen drivers

Many states, including Maryland, have laws prohibiting texting and using a handheld cell phone while driving. But the problems of distracted driving, which killed over 200 people in Maryland in 2011, go beyond the use of electronic devices, especially for teens. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Transportation Safety and Security, 27 percent of teens reported that they sometimes change their clothes and shoes while driving. Other behind-the-wheel activities included changing contact lenses, doing homework or putting on makeup.

Female passenger killed in collision

A 59-year-old female passenger was killed by a car accident that occurred in Maryland on Feb. 26. The crash happened at approximately 8 p.m. in Middletown, nearby Ridge Road. According to police, a 25-year-old man driving a 2012 Dodge Ram was traveling west on Route 40A before he crossed over onto the eastbound side of Ridge Road. He collided head-on with a 67-year-old Middletown man driving a 2008 Toyota Corolla.

Sobering statistics about motorcycle accidents

Maryland residents are likely aware that riding a motorcycle can be dangerous, but they may be surprised to learn just how hazardous traveling on two wheels can be. While motorcycles make up only tiny fraction of the vehicles traveling on the nation's roads, riders are approximately 26 times more likely to be killed in an accident per mile traveled than passenger vehicle occupants.

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