In 2012, 273 lives were lost as results of single-car crashes in Maryland. In 2011 and 2012 combined, there were a total of 1,541 reported deaths due to single-car crashes in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia. This means that 60 percent of all traffic fatalities in these jurisdictions were a result of single-car crashes. One would think that multicar accidents would be the leading cause of deaths in the United States, but surprisingly it isn't. This statistic is even higher when considered on a National level. Nationally, single-car fatalities in Maryland, DC and Virginia make up 65 percent of fatalities.
Single-car accidents are, for the most part, avoidable by drivers. It is suspected that single-car fatalities are a result of unbelted drivers, drunk drivers, distracted drivers, as well as speeding and driving while drowsy. Some research, conducted by the AAA Mid-Atlantic, shows that some factors associated with these single-car fatalities are inattentiveness, over-correction of the vehicle and oddly enough, trying to avoid a crash all together.
It is for these factors, and many more, that in 2012, the overall number of people killed increased, nationally. In the District of Columbia alone, in 2012 there were 157 people killed due to single-car crashes.
In Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia two-thirds of area commuters drive to work and therefore; are most likely victims themselves of single-car accidents and deaths. In order to avoid these accidents and fatalities drivers must pay attention to the road, follow traffic signs and signals, obey all traffic laws, and be alert to their, and, of their surroundings. Drivers should make sure and get enough sleep, be attentive and not get behind the wheel while drunk or intoxicated, in order to avoid these kinds of collisions, and all car collisions in general.