Nobody expects to be involved in a devastating car accident when they leave their house for the day to go to work or to run errands. It only takes seconds for your life to change and for you to become seriously injured and a Delaware car accident. In 2018, there were 111 traffic fatalities in Delaware. Traffic fatalities can occur anywhere – deaths related to car accidents are evenly split between urban and rural areas that year.
Understanding the common causes of a Delaware car accident can help drivers use defensive driving strategies to avoid collisions. Unfortunately, even the safest drivers are still at risk of being injured in a dangerous car accident. We will discuss the most common causes of Delaware car accidents below.
Busy roads are always a dangerous place for pedestrians, and with over 14,000 miles of roadways, Delaware is no exception. According to the National Highway and Transportation Services Administration, 39 pedestrians died due to car accidents in 2017, an increase from the year before. Of those who died, six were bicyclists or other cyclists, and the remaining individuals were walking when they were struck by a motor vehicle.
Delaware drivers are more distracted than ever. Drivers have every type of technology available at their fingertips. A surprising number of Americans will admit to texting, Googling, and even watching YouTube videos while driving. Additionally, cars often come with extensive technology devices built in now. Drivers can adjust their GPS, pull up podcasts, and use wireless talking devices while driving. All of this technology is dangerous and has the potential to cause fatal car accidents. When a driver looks down for 5 seconds to check a text message, he or she will travel the length of a football field. It only takes seconds of distracted driving to cause a deadly car accident.
Even when drivers are not distracted by technology, they can still become dangerously distracted. Perhaps the driver is looking behind them to tell their kids or dogs to stop doing something. The driver may be extremely tired and unable to focus for long periods on the road ahead. Sometimes drivers simply space out and lose focus while driving because they are thinking about other things. In all of these cases, when a distracted driver causes a car accident, he or she is liable for the damages that result.
People are currently overly stressed, more stressed than in years past. The coronavirus pandemic has cost many people their jobs and their income. Tensions are running high as we recently had a national election. When people are stressed, they are more likely to engage in dangerous driving behaviors. Every year, people die from aggressive driving accidents. In some cases, an angry driver will try to cut them off because they are going too slowly, resulting in a deadly car accident.
In other cases, an aggressive driver will speed in front of the driver behind them and then stop suddenly to prove a point, causing a rear-end collision. When another driver causes a car accident due to their Reckless, aggressive driving, he or she is legally responsible for the damages caused by the car accident. Aggressive driving is illegal, and the victims of aggressive driving have a right to sue the driver in civil court for damages.
Local and federal agencies have continued to bring attention to the dangers of drunk driving. Groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving also campaign against the dangerous practice of driving while intoxicated. Unfortunately, some Delaware residents continue to drive while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. As we move into the holiday season, we will likely see more deaths caused by intoxicated driving when residents participate in holiday parties and functions at which alcohol is provided.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 427 people died in Delaware car accidents that involved an intoxicated driver between 2003 and 2012. As many as 2.7% of all adult Delaware residents admitted that they have driven after drinking too much alcohol within the last month. The percentage of Delaware residents admitting to driving while intoxicated is higher than the 1.9% of nationwide respondents. The CDC also found that the people most likely to be involved in a drunk driving accident in Delaware were males age 35 and older.
When a drunk driver causes a car accident that results in a person’s injuries, the victim has a right to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver. For example, if you were driving down the highway and an intoxicated driver swerved into your lane while driving at high speeds, that driver is responsible for paying for your damages.
You have the option of submitting a claim through that driver’s auto insurance policy or filing a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for your property damage and bodily injuries. The most important thing you can do is hire a lawyer who can help you fight for your right to compensation.
Contact a Delaware Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you or your loved one have suffered an injury in a Delaware car accident, the best thing you can do is contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. If a negligent driver caused the accident that resulted in your injuries, you might be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Additionally, you may have a claim to compensation through the at-fault driver’s insurance policy.
Insurance companies are notorious for not paying out a fair amount of compensation to car accident victims. The lawyers at Schwartz & Schwartz understand how insurance companies work and fight to protect our clients’ right to compensation. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation to learn how we will advocate for your right to compensation. We provide excellent legal representation in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.