Answered by a Delaware car accident lawyer: In any car accident case in Delaware, there are many factors which come into play when determining negligence or who was at fault for causing the car accident. Whether it’s a car, truck or pedestrian accident, each case is unique, and determining fault will generally require assistance of a Delaware car accident lawyer.
In Delaware, negligence is generally defined as failing to take ordinary, reasonable care, under the circumstances. In general, liability will be clear when there is proof that another driver commits any of the following:
- runs a red light,
- runs a stop sign,
- drives under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or
- rear ends a car in front.
However, there may be cases when liability is not so clear. If the parties involved in the accident were negligent and caused the accident, liability may be apportioned in accordance with Delaware comparative negligence law.
For instance, if one driver is speeding and another driver runs a red light or fails to make a complete stop at a stop sign, liability may be apportioned between the parties. We see this in intersection accident cases, especially when it is unclear who had the red light. In addition, pedestrians may bear some liability for causing an accident when they walk outside of a crosswalk and get hit by a car.
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Those who are injured in car, truck or pedestrian accidents in Delaware may be entitled to receive financial compensation for their injuries. It is important to speak to a Delaware car accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss liability in a specific case.
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