Dover, Delaware (Kent County) Auto Accident Injuries
DOVER CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS (302)736-5500
Dover is the second largest city in Delaware and also the state’s capital. The city is also home to the Dover Air Force base. Twice a year, Dover hosts NASCAR events at the Dover International Speedway (The Monster Mile) which attracts thousands of fans. With the extent of the activity, it’s no wonder that auto accident injuries in Dover are very common.
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Dover Auto Accidents (Car, Truck and Pedestrian Accidents)
Each year, there are hundreds of car accidents in the Dover area including car, truck and pedestrian accidents, and the total number has been increasing over the last few years. In fact, there are about 2 car accidents in Dover every day.
The data below, obtained from Delaware State Police 2012, 2013 and 2014 Annual Traffic Statistical Data Reports, shows that the total number of car crashes in Dover has increased steadily since 2011.
2015 Dover Delaware Auto Accident Data
The most recent data available (2015) reveals that the upward trend has continued. In 2015, there were a total of 899 car accidents in Dover. In addition, there were 6 fatalities in Dover car accidents in 2015, compared to 3 in 2014. The number of personal injury auto crashes in 2015 totaled 428, compared to 339 in 2014. That’s a 25% increase in the number of personal injury crashes.
The top causes of car accidents in Dover include:
- distracted driving, and
- DUI (driving under the influence).
Speeding, distracted driving and DUI often result in intersection accidents and rear end accidents. When coupled with other conduct like distracted driving, speeding results in serious auto accidents and injuries. For example, a driver in Dover is speeding and also talking on his cell phone. He fails to notice that the traffic signal ahead has turned red. As a result, he rear ends the car immediately in front of him at full speed. The driver of that car suffers serious injuries, including major spinal injuries.
During the last few years, there has been an increase in the number of auto accidents caused by distracted driving, or engaging in conduct which takes attention from the road. Cell phone use is not the only type of distracted driving. Drivers in Dover, Delaware are increasingly distracted by changing music, eating or even talking to a passenger.
Dover Car Accident Injuries
Roughly 40% of the total number of annual accidents in Dover results in personal injuries such as head injuries, spinal injuries and fractures. Each year in Dover, roughly 340 car crashes result in injuries. Also, there are about 3-4 fatalities each year.
Neighboring cities like Harrington and Milford have much lower rates of car accidents, injuries and fatalities. In Harrington, there are about 40-60 car accidents each year (40 in 2013 and 57 in 2014), and no fatalities. In Milford, there are roughly 300 car accidents each year (279 in 2013 and 350 in 2014), and 1-2 auto accident related deaths.
Legal Rights for Dover Car Accidents & Injuries
PIP Coverage for Medical Bills & Lost Wages
Under Delaware law, Delaware residents/drivers who are injured in auto accidents which occur in Dover, Delaware are eligible to make PIP (personal injury protection) claims.
Delaware law allows injured insured drivers to obtain coverage for medical bills and lost wages for injuries arising out of an accident which occurs in this state. These PIP claims are made with your own insurance company, not the insurance company of the at-fault driver.
Each insurance carrier and policy is different. Therefore, you should speak to a Dover auto injury lawyer to review your policy and understand the benefits available, notice requirements, etc.
Compensation for Pain & Suffering After a Dover Car Accident
Dover drivers who are injured due to no fault of their own may file auto injury lawsuits against at-fault drivers. Claims may be made for pain and suffering, i.e., the physical pain and mental or emotional anguish caused by an accident and the resulting injuries. In addition, claims may be made for medical bills and lost wages not otherwise covered by PIP and out of pocket expenses.
About Our Dover Auto Injury Law Practice
Our lawyers focus on auto injury cases and have been handling car, truck and pedestrian accident cases in Dover for over 30 years. Contact our Dover auto injury law office for a free consultation in an auto injury case. (302) 736-5500
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Page last reviewed and updated: May 22, 2017