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Delaware Identifies Top Factors in Traffic Fatalities

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Delaware has made significant strides in reducing car accident deaths between 2022 and 2023. The state has witnessed a notable decrease in all types of traffic fatalities, including those involving bicyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and vehicle occupants.

Delaware fatal crash statistics

According to state officials, traffic fatalities dropped by 16% in 2023, with 137 reported cases compared to 164 in 2022. The state also saw a reduction in traffic fatalities among:

  • Pedestrians: 13% reduction
  • Bicyclists: 29% decrease
  • Motorcyclists: 32% drop

This is a major improvement given Delaware's historical ranking as one of the states with the highest rates of crash-related fatalities. According to the 2021 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Delaware had the seventh-highest rate of pedestrian fatalities in the U.S.

What are the top factors in Delaware's traffic fatalities?

Pedestrians have been identified as a primary contributing factor in traffic fatalities in Delaware. While they were only involved in less than 1% of statewide crashes in 2023, they accounted for more than 13% of the total traffic fatalities. The top 10 factors are as follows:

  • Pedestrian involvement: 112 fatal crashes
  • Impaired driving (alcohol or drugs): 75 fatal crashes
  • Failure to yield the right of way: 54 fatal crashes
  • Distracted or fatigued driving: 48 fatal crashes
  • Speeding: 41 fatal crashes
  • Passing a stop sign: 33 fatal crashes
  • Reckless driving: 31 fatal crashes
  • Driving in the wrong lane or wrong side: 31 fatal crashes
  • Unknown causes: 34 fatal crashes
  • Other causes: 20 fatal crashes

What should I do after a fatal car accident in Delaware?

In the tragic event of losing a loved one in a Delaware car accident, you may be eligible for wrongful death benefits. These benefits aim to compensate you for the financial and emotional losses they have suffered as a result of the deceased's untimely death. This includes:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical expenses related to the deceased's final injury or illness
  • Lost wages and benefits the deceased would have earned had they lived
  • Loss of companionship, guidance, and support for the surviving spouse and children
  • Mental anguish and emotional suffering experienced by the surviving family members

To pursue a wrongful death claim in Delaware, you must file the claim within two years of the date of the deceased's death. You must also be a surviving spouse, child, parent, or sibling of the deceased.

Seek justice for your loved one after a fatal crash in Delaware

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident in Delaware due to someone else's negligence or wrongful act, the compassionate and knowledgeable lawyers at Gill, Welsh, and Chamberlain, P.A. can help. We understand the emotional trauma and financial hardships you're likely facing during this difficult time. We're here to fight for the justice and compensation you and your family deserve.

Our legal team can thoroughly investigate the fatal crash, gather evidence, and work tirelessly to hold the responsible parties accountable for your loss. Contact us online or call us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. Let us fight for your rights and help you secure the financial support you deserve to move forward.

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