Maryland Crash Data

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  • 507

    REPORTED FATALITIES YEAR TO DATE in 2021* (AS OF 12/1/2021)

    ‘Fatalities’ is a count of the total number of persons killed in a motor vehicle crash (some fatal crashes involve more than one fatality).
  • 475

    REPORTED FATAL CRASHES YEAR TO DATE in 2021 (AS OF 12/1/2021)

    ‘Fatal Crashes’ is a count of the number of incidents where at least one fatality occurred as a result of a motor vehicle crash.

Breakdown of Overall Fatalities*

   2021 YTD** 2020**  2019 
Drivers – All  312 349  304 
Passenger – All  68 71  96 
Pedestrians – All  120 138  125 
Bike or other pedalcycle  5 15 10 
Unknown*** 2 0
Total: 507 573 535

Data Disclaimers 

 *  Preliminary/subject to change: Fatal crash/fatality numbers as reported to the Maryland State Police (MSP) and summarized by the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s Highway Safety Office. Fatal crash data includes information about crashes still under investigation and is subject to change. Data excludes fatalities determined to be the result of a medical condition, suicide, homicide, or non-traffic-related causes determined by the MSP’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System analyst. 

**Crash data reported by the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s Highway Safety Office are sourced from fatal crash/fatality numbers as reported to the Maryland State Police MSP. Data are subject to change.

 *** Unknown fatalities: Fatality reported but the crash is still under investigation. 

 

Year to Date Maryland Fatality Summary

Each month data will be updated with the most recent information. Data are subject to change.

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Crash Summaries

The breakdown below shows major causes of motor vehicle crashes and resulting fatalities in Maryland.

Statewide Crash Summary

   2016  2017  2018  2019  2020 5-Year Average 
Fatal Crashes  483  518  485  496  546 506 
Injury Crashes  34,720  34,664  33,936 32,924 25,331 32,315
Property Damage Crashes  85,075  80,256  83,622 82,547  69,630 80,226
Total Crashes  120,278  115,438  118,043 115,967 95,507 113,047
                   
Total of All Fatalities  522  558  512  535  573 540
Total Number Injured  50,921  51,391 50,011  48,663 36,754 47,548 

Driver Alcohol or Drugs Involved

2016 – 2020 Crash Summary

   2016  2017  2018  2019  2020 5-Year Average 
Fatal Crashes  138  170  130  131  112 136
Injury Crashes  2,132  2,094  2,086  2,105  1,829 2,049 
Property Damage Crashes  4,422  4,390  4,689  4,628  4,209 4,468
Total Crashes  6,692  6,654  6,905  6,864  6,150 6,653
                   
Total of All Fatalities  149  191  142  151  120 151 
Total Number Injured  3,199  3,216  3,051  3,226  2,673 3,073

Speed / Aggressive Driver Involved 

2016 – 2020 Crash Summaries

Aggressive Driver Involved

   2016  2017  2018  2019  2020 5-Year Average
Fatal Crashes  36  49  28  37  55 41
Injury Crashes  1,645  1,607  1,524  1,387  1,024 1,437 
Property Damage Crashes  2,574  2,873  2,814  2,652  1,883 2,559
Total Crashes  4,255  4,529  4,366  4,076  2,962 4,038
                   
Total of All Fatalities  39  55  32  39  61 45 
Total Number Injured  2,636  2,582  2,406  2,200  1,673 2,299 

Speed Involved

   2016  2017  2018  2019  2020 5-Year Average 
Fatal Crashes  69  93  71  72  101 81 
Injury Crashes  3,294  3,093  3,253  2,737  2,112 2,898
Property Damage Crashes  6,663  6,762  7,327  6,373  5,351 6,495 
Total Crashes  10,026  9,948  10,651  9,182  7,564 9,474
                   
Total of All Fatalities  77  107  76  76  110 89 
Total Number Injured  4,839  4,638  4,685  4,039  3,027 4,246 

Distracted Driver Involved 

2016 – 2020 Crash Summary

   2016  2017  2018  2019  2020 5 Year Average
Fatal Crashes  171  208  176  183  205 189 
Injury Crashes  18,764  18,664  18,126  17,662 13,215 17,286
Property Damage Crashes  37,436  37,513  38,898  38,870  31,958 36,935 
Total Crashes  56,371  56,386  57,200  56,715  45,378 54,410 
                   
Total of All Fatalities  180  220  189  196  216 200 
Total Number Injured  27,785  27,969  26,979  26,391  19,237 25,672

Motorcycle Involved 

2016 – 2020 Crash Summary

   2016  2017  2018  2019  2020 5-Year average
Fatal Crashes  71  83  56  74  81 73 
Injury Crashes  1,126  1,028  943  897  906 980
Property Damage Crashes  320  340  275  282  301 304
Total Crashes  1,517  1,451  1,274  1,253  1,288 1,357 
                   
Total of All Fatalities  75  85  58  77  81 75 
Total Number Injured  1,292  1,220  1,070  1,058  1,091 1,146 

Pedestrian on Foot Involved 

2016 – 2020 Crash Summary

   2016  2017  2018  2019  2020 5-Year Average
Fatal Crashes  107  109  130  124  130 120
Injury Crashes  3,069  3,111  2,931  2,749  1,998 2,772 
Property Damage Crashes  277  246  248  264  217 250
Total Crashes  3,453  3,466  3,309  3,137  2,345 3,142 
                   
Total of All Fatalities  109  111  131  124  131 121
Total Number Injured  3,502  3,531  3,355  3,108  2,338 3,167 

Bicycle or Other Pedalcycle Involved 

2016 – 2020 Crash Summary

   2016  2017  2018  2019  2020 5-Year Average
Fatal Crashes  16  11  10  16 12 
Injury Crashes  676  717  603  686  580 652 
Property Damage Crashes  159  139  133  153  121 141 
Total Crashes  851  867  742  849  717 805 
                   
Total of All Fatalities  16  11  10  16 12
Total Number Injured  705  767  634  728  616 690

Occupant Protection Use Summary 

2012 – 2021 Observed Belt Usage Rate in Maryland