Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Delaware Auto Accident Injury Lawyers – Pedestrian Accidents
According to annual traffic reports issued by the Delaware State Police, there are roughly 30 pedestrian deaths each year in this state:
- 2012: 30 pedestrian accident deaths;
- 2013: 26 deaths;
- 2014: 27 deaths;
- 2015: 36 deaths.
The most recent data available, which is for 2015, shows that there was a slight decrease in the total number of pedestrian-auto accidents in Delaware. In 2015, there were 357 traffic crashes involving at least one pedestrian. In 2014, there were 366. However, the slight decrease is offset by the increase in the number of pedestrian accident deaths (36 in 2015 versus 27 in 2014).
The majority of pedestrian accidents and deaths occurred in New Castle County: 255 pedestrian accidents and 26 deaths, followed by Kent County with 60 pedestrian accidents and 5 deaths and then by Sussex County which had 42 pedestrian accidents and 5 deaths. *Data source: Delaware Annual Traffic Statistical Reports 2012-2015.
Latest Post: Pedestrian Accidents Increasing in Delaware [Posted on April 10, 2017. Delaware leads the nation for the highest fatal pedestrian accident rate, 3.38 fatal pedestrian accidents for every 100,000 residents. The national average was 1.75. ]
Pedestrian Accident Injuries in Delaware
Pedestrian accidents often result in catastrophic injuries such as:
- broken bones,
- spinal injuries, and
- head injuries.
Pedestrians who are hit by cars often sustain broken bones in the extremities. Fractured ankles and legs are common. For example, a pedestrian is hit by a car in downtown Wilmington, Delaware. The car strikes the pedestrian who is walking in a crosswalk. The impact results in a tibial plateau fracture which requires implanting a surgical plate and several screws.
Cervical and lumbar injuries are also very common in pedestrian accidents. Spinal disc herniations can cause significant symptoms and pathology with or without spinal cord compression. In some instances, spinal injuries can greatly impact an individual’s ability to resume normal activities of daily life. A pedestrian who sustains a lower lumbar injury may have difficulty bending over or standing for long periods of time. If the individual’s job requires heavy lifting, the individual may not be able to resume work duties for several weeks.
Top Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Delaware
Of the 36 pedestrians who were killed in Delaware car accidents in 2015, a whopping 75% (27) were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident. This clearly shows that pedestrians who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol are at risk of being hit by cars. Pedestrians who are under the influence engage in risky behavior such as walking into traffic, failing to use crosswalks, etc. These behaviors are especially dangerous at night.
Distracted & Careless Driving
Careless driving also leads to pedestrian accidents in Delaware. Drivers often fail to stop at stop signs or traffic lights or fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians in a crosswalk.
In addition, drivers are increasingly distracted these days, whether it’s due to having a conversation with a passenger or using a cell phone to make a call or text, which is illegal in the state of Delaware.
Legal Rights After a Pedestrian Accident in Delaware
PIP Benefits (Medical Benefits and Lost Wages)
Residents of Delaware who are injured in pedestrian auto accidents are usually eligible to make PIP (personal injury protection) claims for medical bills and lost wages. However, Delaware auto insurance law is very complex. Pedestrian rights to make PIP claims depend largely on whether the striking vehicle was insured in this state. If it was, the injured pedestrian is eligible to make a PIP claim under the striking vehicle’s auto insurance policy. If the striking vehicle was registered out of state, the injured pedestrian would make a PIP claim under their own auto insurance policy. Related: PIP Claims & Pedestrian Accidents in Delaware.
Pain & Suffering
In addition to PIP claims, injured pedestrians may make claims against negligent or at-fault drivers. Common claims for financial compensation include medical expenses and lost wages in excess of PIP and pain and suffering, i.e., the physical pain and mental anguish caused by physical injuries.
Delaware Auto Accident Lawyers: Wilmington, Newark & Dover
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Page last reviewed and updated: May 22, 2017