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Delaware Car & Truck Accident Law Library Archives

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  • Delaware Car Accident Injury Law – Compensation for Lost Pay or Wages (May 10, 2020)
    Can you get compensated for lost wages after a car accident in Delaware? There are two ways to get compensated: 1. a PIP claim or 2. a claim against the at-fault driver.
  • Compensation in Delaware Truck Accident Cases & Commercial Auto Policies (April 27, 2020)
    Truck accident cases in Delaware often result in catastrophic injuries or are often fatal. Injured victims and their families often incur major financial losses like medical bills and lost wages, in addition to significant pain and suffering. In our Delaware Car & Truck Accident Law practice, we represent those injured in truck accidents whether they involve ...
  • Delaware Car Accident Law: A Child’s Legal Rights to Medical Bill Coverage (PIP Benefits) (April 25, 2020)
    Children injured in Delaware car accidents may be eligible for PIP benefits (medical bills) via car insurance policies covering the cars involved in the accidents. Under Delaware law, children who are injured as drivers, passengers, pedestrians or bike riders may get up to $15,000 of medical bills covered by an applicable auto insurance policy.
  • Delaware Car Accident Law Statute of Limitations & Time Limit to File a Lawsuit (April 22, 2020)
    Statute of Limitations for Claims Against At-Fault, Negligent Drivers Under Delaware law, individuals hurt in car accidents in this state have 2 years to file lawsuits against at-fault parties. See Delaware Code, Title 10 § 8119 Personal injuries, which provides: No action for the recovery of damages upon a claim for alleged personal injuries shall be brought ...
  • Delaware Car Accident Law – Driver Failed to Yield the Right of Way (April 10, 2020)
    Car accidents in Delaware may involve the failure to yield the right of way, often due to driver fatigue, inattention or distraction. These types of car accidents can result in serious injuries like back or neck injuries, head injuries and fractures. At high speeds, these accidents may be fatal. In this article, our Delaware Car Accident ...
  • UIM & UM Claims in Delaware & Time Deadline to File (October 23, 2018)
    UIM/UM claims explained by Delaware car accident lawyers in Dover and Wilmington at Knepper Stratton. When do you make a UIM/UM claim and what’s the time deadline to file?
  • Delaware Car Accidents Due to Snow, Icy Roads – Legal Info About Injury Claims (May 3, 2018)
    Injury Claims After a Snow or Ice Related Car Accident in Delaware In the winter, car accidents in Delaware often occur due to snow and icy roads. Depending on the severity of the accident, an injury claim may be necessary. In general, there are two types of injury claims: PIP claims and bodily injury liability claims ...
  • Delaware Car Accident Law: Getting Compensated by Making a Bodily Liability Injury Claim with the At-fault Driver’s Insurance Company (March 14, 2018)
    Delaware Car Accident Law – Bodily Injury Liability Claims Against At-Fault Drivers All cars registered in the state of Delaware must be insured under a policy that provides the following minimum amounts of coverage: $25,000/$50,000 bodily injury liability coverage, $10,000 of property damage coverage, and $15,000 PIP (Personal Injury Protection) coverage. When an auto accident in Delaware occurs, the bodily ...
  • Dover, Delaware Car & Truck Accidents – Legal Rights for Accident Victims (January 15, 2018)
    Each year, there are about 4,000 car accidents in Kent County, of which, over 1,000 result in personal injuries, such as neck or back injuries, head injuries and broken bones. In addition, there are about 30 auto accident deaths in the county. Get more info about car accidents in Kent County, DE in 2016. When serious ...
  • Delaware Car Accident Injury Claims – How You Can Get Compensated for Injuries If Someone Else Was At Fault (December 15, 2017)
    Dover car accident lawyers explain compensation for Delaware car accident injuries. If the accident was caused by another driver, you may make a bodily injury liability coverage claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company to get compensated.
  • Kent County, Delaware Car Accidents – A Look at Recent Traffic Accident Data for 2016 (November 30, 2017)
    By a Dover, DE Car Accident Injury Lawyer The most recent traffic accident data compiled by the Delaware State Police for 2016 reveals that Sussex and Kent counties have higher fatal car accident rates than New Castle County. Interestingly, Sussex and Kent have similar fatal car accident rates, 3.3% and 2.7%, respectively. With a population of about ...
  • Delaware Car Accidents & PIP Benefits – Who is Eligible? (November 30, 2017)
    PIP benefits in Delaware are available to occupants (drivers and passengers) of cars involved in accidents in Delaware. Non-occupants (bike riders and pedestrians) can also make PIP claims. Learn about PIP eligibility for Wilmington and Dover, DE car accidents.
  • Filing an Insurance Claim After a Car Accident in Delaware When You’re Not at Fault – What to Know (October 2, 2017)
    Free legal info about filing an insurance claim for a car accident in Delaware when you’re not at fault. Info about medical benefits (PIP), property damage and third party liability (car accident lawsuits).
  • Delaware Car Insurance Law Changes, Effective December 2017 (August 15, 2017)
    Effective December 13, 2017, Delaware car insurance limits will be $25,000/$50,000 (up from $15,000/$30,000). This applies to all new policies as of December 13. For existing policies, the new limits will go into effect during renewal periods.
  • Auto Accident Injuries Up in Delaware (August 7, 2017)
    Auto accident injuries are up in Delaware. Our Delaware car accident injury lawyers take a look at the most recent traffic accident data.
  • Delaware Truck Accident Injuries: Compensation for Injured Victims (July 27, 2017)
    Legal info about Delaware truck accident victims’ rights to compensation, including PIP, medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
  • Delaware Bicycle Roadway Laws – Riding Laws, Signal Laws and More (June 5, 2017)
    A brief look at Delaware bicycle accident laws which are commonly at issue in auto-bicycle accident injury cases in Wilmington, Dover and Delaware. This post contains statutory text of bicycle riding laws, signal laws, and left hand turn laws.
  • How to Get a Traffic Accident Report in Delaware, Wilmington, Dover, Newark, Middletown (April 12, 2017)
    How to get a traffic accident report after a car, truck or pedestrian accident in Delaware, Wilmington, Dover, Newark, Middletown and the Delaware State Police.
  • Pedestrian Accidents Increasing in Delaware (April 10, 2017)
    Pedestrian accidents are increasing in Delaware, which actually ranks 1st in the nation for its fatal pedestrian accident rate (number of pedestrian accident deaths per 100,000).
  • Drivers from Maryland, Pennsylvania or New Jersey – How Do Your Medical Bills Get Paid After an Auto Accident in Delaware? (February 10, 2017)
    How do medical bills get paid for Maryland, Pennsylvania or New Jersey drivers who are injured in auto accidents in Delaware? Learn about personal injury protection benefits for out of state drivers.
  • Delaware Car Accident Law – Medical Bills & Delaware’s Collateral Source Rule (January 10, 2017)
    In a Delaware car accident lawsuit, the injured party can claim medical bills paid by a private health insurance company, Medicare or Medicaid. The collateral source rule applies for bills paid by private insurance only.
  • Delaware Auto Injury Lawsuits – What Is the Duty to Mitigate Damages? (September 19, 2016)
    In auto injury lawsuits in Delaware, the duty to mitigate damages often comes up. What is this duty and how does it apply in auto injury cases?
  • Children, Teens & Bicycle Accidents in Delaware (August 4, 2016)
    Every year, about 50 children and teens are injured in bicycle accidents in Delaware. Get info about bicycle accidents in Delaware. By our Wilmington, Delaware auto injury lawyers.
  • Delaware Bicycle Accident Injuries – What Delaware Residents & Visitors Should Know About PIP Claims (July 12, 2016)
    An explanation of Delaware bicycle-auto accident law and PIP claims after a bicycle accident in Delaware. Learn about what residents & visitors should know about getting medical bills paid after a bicycle accident.
  • Delaware Car Accident Law – PIP Benefits & Eligibility, Recent Court Rules Against Ins. Co. (June 2, 2016)
    A look at Delaware car accident law, PIP eligibility. Last month, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled in favor of a student who was hit by a car just before boarding a school bus.
  • Falling Asleep at the Wheel – Drowsy Driving & Auto Accidents in Delaware (May 20, 2016)
    Falling asleep at the wheel or drowsy driving is a serious concern on Delaware roadways. Here, our DE auto accident lawyers look at the problem of tired driving.
  • Delaware Auto Accident Law – Statute of Limitations for Bad Faith Claims (Failure to Settle) (March 14, 2016)
    Delaware auto accident law update on the statute of limitations for bad faith claims against insurance companies. The Delaware Supreme Court rules on the statute of limitation for failing to settle a third-party auto claim.
  • DUI Auto Accidents in Delaware During the Holiday Months (March 7, 2016)
    If you’ve been injured in a DUI, traffic accident, what are your legal rights to obtain financial recovery? In this article, DE auto injury lawyer Martin Knepper discusses PIP claims, tort claims and dram shop/social host liability law in Delaware.
  • Pedestrian Accidents in Delaware During the Holidays (December 15, 2015)
    Pedestrians in Delaware need to be extra cautious during the holiday season. Drivers are often distracted, and walking around at night can result in a major pedestrian auto accident. Get safety tips for pedestrian safety this holiday season.
  • Delaware’s Minimum Auto Insurance Requirements – Too Little Protection for Auto Accident Injuries (December 14, 2015)
    Too often, Delaware residents purchase minimum auto insurance coverage such as minimum PIP (personal injury protection) or minimal UIM/UM (underinsured and uninsured) motorist coverage. When a serious traffic accident happens, minimum coverage can wreak financial havoc. Here, our experienced auto injury lawyers discuss the pitfalls of minimum auto insurance coverage policies.
  • Inadequacy of Minimum PIP Coverage in Delaware – Think Twice About Minimum PIP Coverage (December 14, 2015)
    Think twice about minimum PIP coverage in Delaware. In this article, 30+ year auto injury lawyer, Martin Knepper, discusses the pitfalls of minimum PIP coverage after an auto accident in Delaware.
  • Joint & Several Liability in Delaware Auto Accident Cases – The Current Status of the Law (November 16, 2015)
    Delaware retains full joint and several liability principles in tort cases such as car and truck accident cases. Here, our auto injury lawyers discuss the principle of joint and several liability and how settlement with one defendant affects the case against remaining defendants.
  • Are Delaware Auto Accidents On the Rise? (November 15, 2015)
    The total number of auto accidents and fatal accidents are on the rise in Delaware. Since 2010, there has been a steady increase in both the number of fatal auto accidents and the total number of accidents. Get more info about recent crash stats (2010-2014).
  • Multi-Vehicle Accidents in Delaware & Fault (October 21, 2015)
    Multi-vehicle accidents often result in many injuries, and on major roadways or highways, these accidents often result in serious injuries. Late last month, a four vehicle collision occurred on DuPont Highway in Wilmington, New Castle County. The crash involved 3 cars and 1 SUV. Multiple parties were injured, including one individual who was transported to Christiana ...
  • Avoid Delaware Pedestrian Accidents – Beware of School Buses (October 8, 2015)
    Now that school is back in session, traffic has increased throughout Delaware. Naturally, there is an increase in pedestrian traffic; children and parents will be walking to school, crossing streets, or walking to bus stops. Every day, school buses are picking up children and dropping them off. Delaware drivers must be mindful of school buses ...
  • Delaware Motorcycle Accidents – Financial Compensation for Injuries (September 16, 2015)
    In Delaware, a motorcycle accident happens just about every day, and there are about 15 fatal motorcycle accidents each year. While motorcycle accidents are not as common as car or truck accidents, the resulting injuries are often more severe. In 2014, there were roughly 380 motorcycle accidents in Delaware, up from about 330 accidents in 2013. ...
  • Motorcycle Accidents in Delaware – Insurance (PIP) Coverage Issues (September 12, 2015)
    Motorcycle accidents in Delaware often result in major injuries, whether a car hits a motorcycle from behind or a motorcycle operator swerves to avoid an accident. The reason for this is simple – there is literally nothing that separates motorcycle operators and passengers from the outside elements. A low impact auto accident can cause a motorcycle ...
  • Delaware Teen Driving Safety Checklist (July 11, 2015)
    With school out, teens increase time on the road. It’s no surprise that teen driving auto accidents peak in the summer months. Teens who are injured in auto accidents often suffer very serious injuries. Brain and head injuries are very common. Related: Delaware Auto Accidents & Teen Driving – Brain Injuries & Fatal Accidents Parental guidance is ...
  • Delaware Hit & Run Auto Accident Law – Underinsured Motorist Coverage (July 10, 2015)
    In some hit and run accident situations in Delaware, the at-fault driver will actually be located. Earlier this year, a pedestrian in Newark was killed by an alleged hit and run driver who was later found and charged with DUI. In other situations, the driver will never be located. This is especially true for hit and ...
  • Delaware Auto Insurance Policies – Minimum Requirements (June 30, 2015)
    Buying car insurance in Delaware is very important, just as important as homeowners insurance. It’s probably more important, considering that the odds of getting into a car or truck accident are pretty high. After all, there are about 20,000 auto accidents in this state each year, and roughly 8,000 people are injured in auto accidents. ...
  • Cell Phone Use When Driving – Current Trends in 2014-2015 (June 8, 2015)
    A recent study by State Farm (November 2014) reveals some interesting facts about cell phone use when driving. The study was conducted over a 6 year period using an online survey of individuals over the age of 18. Roughly 1,000 individuals participated in the survey during each year it was offered. The study found that 63% ...
  • Injured in a Delaware Car Accident? Getting Financial Compensation from the At-Fault Driver (June 8, 2015)
    Financial Compensation in Delaware Auto Accident Cases In the Delaware civil justice system, the plaintiff or injured party bears the burden of proof. This means that in a car accident lawsuit, the injured driver, passenger or pedestrian must prove the following elements: The other party was at fault or was negligent. That negligence caused damages. The nature and extent ...
  • Serious Car Accident Injuries in Delaware – Settling Your Accident Claim (Part 2) (June 2, 2015)
    Part 1 of this article series discussed the initial steps in settling a Delaware auto accident lawsuit. Step 1 involves preparing a demand letter. Step 2 involves filing a complaint, and in Step 3, the parties engage in discovery. Click here for part 1. Part 2 will discuss the last two steps: preparing for trial ...
  • Serious Car Accident Injuries in Delaware – Settling Your Accident Claim (Part 1) (June 2, 2015)
    Many residents of Delaware who are seriously injured in auto accidents forgo taking legal action when they have perfectly valid claims. This is often due to misinformation about their legal rights and the legal process. Many individuals who contact our office about a potential case are surprised to learn that they have legal rights to ...
  • Financial Compensation in Delaware Auto Accident Injury Lawsuits (May 22, 2015)
    Drivers, passengers and pedestrians who are injured in auto accidents in Delaware often want to know whether they can receive financial compensation for their injuries. The answer depends on the facts and circumstances of the case. Under general tort or injury principles in Delaware which apply to auto accident injury lawsuits, the plaintiff in a legal ...
  • Distracted Driving Auto Accidents in Delaware (May 21, 2015)
    April was National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving is a serious problem nationwide, including in Delaware. From 2009 through 2012, distracted driving caused nearly 25,000 auto accidents. The table below shows the number of auto accidents attributed to distracted driving (distraction, inattention and fatigue).  Year Number of Auto Accidents 2009 4,987 2010 4,792 2011 4,927 2012 4,870 2013 5,057 Totals 24,633 Data sources: DelDOT Fact Books (2009-2013) *2014 data ...
  • Brain Injuries and Auto Accidents in Delaware (May 18, 2015)
    Brain and head injuries are hot topics these days. Over the past decade there has been quite a bit of research devoted to brain injuries which are also referred to as traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The three most common causes of brain injuries are: falls, motor vehicle accidents (car, truck and pedestrian accidents), and sports accidents. TBI is considered ...
  • Work-Related Auto Accident Injuries in Delaware – Can You Receive Financial Compensation? (May 18, 2015)
    Many Delaware residents are injured in auto accidents while traveling or driving for work purposes. For instance, an employee making a delivery for the employer may be injured in a car accident, or a home health aide who travels to/from patients’ homes may be injured in a car accident while driving to a patient’s home. What ...
  • Delaware Auto Accidents & Teen Driving – Brain Injuries & Fatal Accidents (March 25, 2015)
    Brain Injuries in Motor Vehicle Accidents – Teens Often Suffer Head Injuries Brain or head injuries are a hot topic these days. Brain injuries related to sports have received a lot of media attention, and there’s been quite a bit of research about the brain injuries. However, brain injuries among teens have not received as much ...
  • Delaware Auto Accident Fatalities – As of March 2015 (March 10, 2015)
    Auto accident deaths are up in the first few months of 2015, as compared to last year. So far this year, there have been 17 auto accident fatalities in Delaware. In 2014, during the same period, there were 11 deaths. A Comparison of Fatal Auto Accidents in Delaware (January 1 to March 8) 2014 2015 NUMBER OF FATALITIES 11 17 A. Accidents ...
  • PIP Claims & Pedestrian Accidents in Delaware (March 9, 2015)
    Delaware PIP law is very complex, and eligibility depends on the facts and circumstances of each case. Different PIP laws and rules apply depending on the status of the at-fault driver and the status of the injured individual. Was the injured individual a passenger? If so, there is a set of rules which apply for ...
  • Pedestrian Auto Accidents in Delaware – Getting Medical Bills & Lost Wages Paid (PIP) (March 6, 2015)
    Pedestrian Accidents in Delaware In 2013, there were roughly 400 pedestrian accidents in Delaware, over 25 of which resulted in a fatality. That’s about a 7% fatality rate. In addition, New Castle County accounts for the highest number of pedestrian accidents annually, followed by Sussex and Kent counties. Just this past month, in January, at least 2 ...
  • Delaware Pedestrian and Bicyclist Auto Accidents – PIP Benefits & Lawsuits (February 18, 2015)
    Many Delaware residents bike or walk to work. This is especially true in New Castle County. While the number of people who walk to work has remained steady over the past decade or so, the number of people who bike to work has steadily increased. On average, a little over 9,600 people walk to work ...
  • Major Auto Accident Hot Spots in Wilmington, Delaware (February 13, 2015)
    By a Wilmington, DE car accident injury lawyer Common types of auto accidents in the greater Wilmington, Delaware area include: car accidents, commercial truck accidents, and pedestrian accidents. In addition, although less common, drunk driving injury accidents occur in Wilmington as well. Several areas of Wilmington are hot spots for car accidents. Auto accidents in and around Wilmington tend to occur ...
  • Drunk Driving Auto Accidents in Delaware – Status of Dram Shop & Social Host Liability Law in Delaware (February 12, 2015)
    Victims of drunk driving or DUI auto accidents in Delaware often want to know whether they have legal recourse beyond the drunk driver. If the drunk driver was served alcohol at a public establishment like a bar or restaurant, can that establishment be held liable? Alternatively, if the drunk driver was coming from a house ...
  • Pennsylvania Drivers in Delaware – 3 Things to Know (January 28, 2015)
    Drivers on Delaware roads and highways come from all over the east coast. Many residents of neighboring states like Pennsylvania and Maryland are driving into and through Delaware. Some individuals who live out of state actually work in Delaware. For instance, many residents of PA commute to Delaware for work. It’s not uncommon to see ...
  • Winter Driving Auto Accident Lawsuits in Delaware (January 26, 2015)
    Car and truck accidents on Delaware roads and highways tend to increase during the winter months. While this year’s snowfall so far pales in comparison to last year, the first few days of January have started the year off with quite a bang. Just after the New Year holiday, there was a relatively minor snow ...
  • Children & Pedestrian Accidents in Delaware (December 31, 2014)
    Pedestrian auto accidents are one of the worst types of car accidents in terms of the level of resulting injuries. Major body trauma such as spinal injuries, brain injuries and fractured bones are very common. So far this year, pedestrian auto accidents in Delaware have claimed the lives of roughly 20 people. That’s about 1 pedestrian ...
  • Impaired/Drunk Driving Auto Accidents in Delaware (December 2, 2014)
    Impaired driving, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, is a serious problem in Delaware. With the holiday season officially here, and only a few weeks until Christmas, Delaware residents will be packing in the parties and festivities. It’s only natural to think that impaired driving accidents peak around the holidays. However, ...
  • Reserving PIP for Lost Wages, by a Wilmington Car Accident Injury Lawyer (November 13, 2014)
    Personal injury protection (PIP) claims in Delaware are probably the most complex types of insurance claims and can result in lawsuits against car insurance companies. This is especially true in serious injury auto accident cases such as intersection accidents, pedestrian accidents, etc. Below is a discussion of PIP coverage and the importance of reserving PIP for ...
  • Financial Compensation After Delaware Car Accidents – Top 2 Claims (November 11, 2014)
    In the aftermath of a car, truck or pedestrian accident in Delaware, injured drivers and passengers often feel overwhelmed when dealing with the insurance process. Dealing with a property damage claim on top of figuring out how to get medical bills paid can be incredibly stressful. Part of the stress is in not knowing what ...
  • Delaware Car Accident Injury Lawyer Answers “What is UIM?” (October 30, 2014)
    UIM or underinsured motorist coverage is probably one of the most commonly misunderstood types of car accident insurance coverage available in Delaware. In fact, many Delaware residents who are injured in car, truck or pedestrian accidents often have no idea what UIM is, let alone whether they even purchased this important coverage on their auto ...
  • Delaware Auto Accident Insurance Claims – Are You Eligible for PIP Coverage? (October 13, 2014)
    Delaware residents who are injured in auto accidents are often unaware of how PIP (personal injury protection) coverage works. PIP coverage in Delaware is mandatory on every car insurance policy issued in the state. It covers medical bills, lost wages, and other types of financial losses such as funeral expenses and certain household expenses. The ...
  • Cell Phone Use – Not the Only Type of Distracted Driving in Delaware (September 18, 2014)
    Cell phone use is probably one of the most common types of distracted driving. This is certainly true even in Delaware, despite the fact that it is illegal to use a cell phone when driving to talk, text, etc. Cell phone use has caused hundreds of car accidents in Delaware over the last few years, ...
  • Punitive Damages in Delaware Car Accident Lawsuits – A Look at Delaware Case Law (August 19, 2014)
    Individuals who are injured in auto accidents in Delaware may be able to obtain fair and reasonable financial compensation for their physical injuries, economic losses and pain and suffering. In addition, in limited cases, injured individuals may be able to make a special claim for punitive damages. Click here to read more about punitive damages ...
  • Failing to Wear Seat Belts & Helmets, Admissible in a Car Accident Lawsuit in Delaware? (August 15, 2014)
    People who are injured in car, truck and motorcycle accidents in Delaware often want to know whether they can proceed with a case or lawsuit despite the fact that they weren’t wearing a seat belt or helmet at the time of the accident. Related: Child Car Seat Safety in Delaware In general, under Delaware car accident law, ...
  • Punitive Damages Claims in Delaware Cell Phone Car Accident Lawsuits (August 13, 2014)
    In recent years, cell phone use while driving has caused record numbers of car accidents across the country, including Delaware. Although it is illegal to use a cell phone when driving in Delaware, drivers on roads and highways throughout Delaware are still using cell phones to talk, text, email, etc. Related: Delaware Car Accident Law – ...
  • Teens & Safe Driving on Delaware’s Roads (July 9, 2014)
    Summertime Accidents Peak for Teen Drivers School is now out for summer which means that many teen drivers in Delaware will be practicing their driving skills on Delaware’s roads and highways. The unfortunate reality is that many teens will be seriously hurt or killed in car accidents this summer. In fact, according to the National Highway ...
  • Cell Phone Use – A Major Distraction that Causes Car Accidents in Delaware (July 7, 2014)
    Distracted driving is a major problem across the U.S., reaching almost epidemic proportions, and Delaware is no exception. Lately, it seems that distracted driving is synonymous with cell phone use, due in large part to multiple media reports of major car and truck accidents caused by cell phone use. According to the most recent data available ...
  • Top Causes of Auto Accidents in Delaware – Recent Statistics (July 7, 2014)
    Auto accidents in Delaware have increased on a steady incline for the last 5 years, 2009 through 2013. Such accidents include car, truck and pedestrian accidents, as well as bicycle accidents. In 2009, there were about 19,000 car related accidents, and in 2013 there were just under 22,500 accidents. This makes sense given that the number ...
  • Pre-Existing Conditions & Car Accident Lawsuits in Delaware (June 9, 2014)
    Pre-existing conditions or old injuries are often aggravated in auto accidents like car, truck and pedestrian accidents. For instance, a driver who is rear-ended at a busy intersection may reinjure their back or neck, or a pedestrian crossing the street who gets hit by a car may reinjure their knee. Can an injured party who ...
  • Financial Compensation for Impairment & Disability Claims in DE Car Accident Lawsuits (June 9, 2014)
    Can You Recover for Disability Caused by an Auto Accident in Delaware? Under Delaware car accident law, individuals who are injured due to the negligence of another party are entitled to make claims for all reasonable damages which flow from the accident and resulting injuries. In a typical car accident lawsuit, the injured driver/passenger will make ...
  • How to Make a UIM/UM Claim in Delaware (May 23, 2014)
     General Info About UIM/UM Claims in Delaware Underinsured motorist coverage (UIM) is available to an injured driver if and only if the injured driver was in an accident caused by another party and the injured driver’s damages exceed the at-fault driver’s bodily injury insurance coverage amount. Basically, the at-fault driver is “underinsured” or did not obtain ...
  • 2014 Fatal Car Accidents in Delaware (As of April 14, 2014) (May 20, 2014)
    So far this year, there has been a significant increase in the number of fatal car accidents in Delaware. Compared to last year, around this time, there were 20 fatal car accidents. This year, there have been nearly 30 fatal car accidents. Source, Delaware Fatal Crash Summary Comparison of Fatal Car Accidents in Delaware, 2013 and ...
  • Delaware Car Accident Law – Can You Recover for Pain & Suffering? (May 20, 2014)
    Delaware Car Accident Law – Can You Recover for Pain & Suffering?
  • Making UIM/UM Claims After Delaware Car-Truck Accidents (Part 2) (May 5, 2014)
    Underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage is one of the most important types of car insurance coverage a Delaware resident can purchase. It is also one of the most confusing types of coverage. Many individuals injured in car accidents do not even know what UIM/UM coverage is, let alone, whether they purchased it. Click here for part ...
  • Pennsylvania Resident Injured in a Car Accident in Delaware – Does Limited Tort Apply? (May 5, 2014)
    Auto Accident Hypothetical PA Driver Injured in DE Every day, Pennsylvania residents are traveling on Delaware roads and highways. Some PA residents commute to and from work in downtown Wilmington, and many simply travel through Delaware. When serious auto accidents occur on Delaware roadways, injured PA drivers/passengers often want to know whether they should file a lawsuit ...
  • Making UIM/UM Claims After Delaware Car-Truck Accidents (May 5, 2014)
    Underinsured (UIM) and uninsured (UM) motorist coverage is one of the most important types of auto insurance coverage Delaware residents should purchase. However, Delaware residents who are injured in car, truck or pedestrian accidents ofetn misunderstand the basics of UIM/UM coverage. While many Delaware residents maintain UIM/UM coverage on their car insurance policies, some do ...
  • Pro-Plaintiff Car Accident Laws in Delaware (May 5, 2014)
    Pro-Plaintiff Delaware Car Accident Laws in Out-of-State Resident Car Accident Cases Between limited tort/verbal threshold, collateral source and increasing restrictions on the application of joint and several liability, personal injury litigation in the context of auto accidents is fraught with peril. Not entirely true in Delaware, especially in car accident cases. 1. Delaware does not employ a limited ...
  • Damage Claims in Truck Accident Lawsuits in Delaware, Can You Receive Financial Compensation? (Part 2) (March 16, 2014)
    Part 2 – Economic Losses (Medical Bills & Lost Wages) Truck accident injuries are usually very serious. Medical bills can easily exceed thousands of dollars, and in many instances, an injured individual is unable to return to work for extended periods of time. Financial Compensation in a Truck Accident Case In truck accident cases in Delaware, injured drivers ...
  • Damage Claims in Truck Accident Lawsuits in Delaware, Can You Receive Financial Compensation? (Part 1) (March 16, 2014)
     Part 1 – Pain & Suffering Damages In Delaware’s court system, people who are injured by others have the ability, unfettered by “verbal threshold”, “limited tort” or other restrictive standards, to seek redress by filing a lawsuit, or taking the other party to court. In a court case like a car or truck accident case, that ...
  • An Explanation of Low Back (Lumbar) Injuries in Delaware Car Accidents (March 16, 2014)
    Why are Low Back Injuries Common in Car Accidents? The low back is one of the most common areas of injury in a car or truck accident. This is due to the mechanics of the body while in a seated position. When in a seated position, the lower part of the body, the pelvic area and ...
  • Should You File a Car Accident Lawsuit in Delaware – How Long Does the Case Take to Resolve (Part 1) (February 28, 2014)
    One of the first questions a person who is considering filing a car accident lawsuit has is, “how long will the case take to resolve?” Unfortunately, the answer depends on the facts and legal issues in the case. However, as a general rule, the average car accident case in Delaware takes 2 to 3 years to ...
  • Should You File a Car Accident Lawsuit in Delaware – How Long Does the Case Take to Resolve (Part 2) (February 28, 2014)
    The answer to the question, “how long does a car accident case take to resolve?” depends on the factual and legal issues specific to a case, such as: the nature and extent of the physical injuries, and whether the injuries have healed; the complexity of the factual and legal issues in the case; and the insurance companies involved ...
  • An Explanation of Cervical Spine (Neck) Injuries in Car Accidents in Delaware (February 28, 2014)
    Spinal Injuries in Car Accidents The spine stretches from the base of the skull down to the pelvis, and is comprised of 33 bones or vertebrae: 7 cervical (neck) vertebrae; 12 thoracic (mid spine) vertebrae; 5 lumbar (low spine) vertebrae; 5 sacral vertebrae; and 3 vertebrae in the coccyx, the end of the spinal column. Between the vertebrae or bones are discs ...
  • Child Car Seat Safety in Delaware (February 28, 2014)
    Last updated: April 5, 2016 Using the wrong type of child car seat can be deadly. A young child’s body cannot withstand the force of impact in a car accident in the same way an adult or older child can. This can result in serious injuries in the event of a car or truck accident. According to ...
  • Should You File a Car Accident Lawsuit in Delaware – What is the Value of Your Case? (January 30, 2014)
    Anyone who has been seriously injured in a car accident knows full well the stresses of coping with the post-accident injuries and the whirlwind of dealing with insurance companies. From property damage and rental car issues to filing PIP claims for medical bills, the process is indeed confusing and at times, exhausting. As a result of ...
  • Car Accident Lawsuits in Delaware – Should You Proceed with a Car or Truck Accident Case? (January 25, 2014)
    People who are injured in car, truck or pedestrian accidents in Delaware often want to know whether their case is worth pursuing and if so, what they can obtain, and how long a case will take to resolve. Determining whether a car accident case is worth pursuing depends on many different factors. Two of the most ...
  • Delaware Underinsured/Uninsured Car Insurance Coverage Law Amended, Effective January 3, 2014 (January 14, 2014)
    This past summer, the Delaware legislature amended Delaware’s underinsured/uninsured (UIM/UM) motorist coverage law. Senate Bill 61 passed in both the House and Senate and was signed into law by Governor Markell, with an effective date of January 3, 2014. The newly amended law, Title 18 Delaware Code § 3902, drastically changes the circumstances in which ...
  • Car Accidents in Delaware – Should You Hire a Car Accident Lawyer? (January 14, 2014)
    If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Delaware, you may want to know whether you even need a lawyer. In fact, many people injured in car accidents in Delaware often ask “should I hire a car accident lawyer?” or “what can a car accident lawyer do for me?” While the decision to hire a ...
  • Hurt in a Car Accident in Wilmington? Learn the Basics of Delaware Car Accident Lawsuits Part Two (December 19, 2013)
    How a DE Car Accident Lawsuit is Initiated In Delaware auto accident cases, a lawsuit is initiated by the filing of a Complaint and other required documents, such as Form 30 Interrogatory Answers and the Rule 3(h) Statement. The Complaint is a pleading or legal document which describes the accident, the injuries, damages, etc. The Complaint is ...
  • Hurt in a Car Accident in Wilmington? Learn the Basics of Delaware Car/Auto Accident Lawsuits Part Four (December 19, 2013)
    Who Pays in a Delaware Car/Auto Accident Lawsuit The question of how car accident verdicts or settlements are paid in Delaware is probably one of the most frequently misunderstood aspects of car accident cases. Most individuals who are injured in car accidents think that the financial recovery literally comes from the at-fault driver’s pockets. This is usually ...
  • Hurt in a Car Accident in Wilmington? Learn the Basics of Delaware Car Accident Lawsuits Part Three (December 19, 2013)
    Most people injured in car, truck or pedestrian accidents in Delaware are unfamiliar with the civil justice system. Whether it’s making an initial car accident insurance claim for PIP benefits or taking the at-fault driver to court, the civil justice process can feel overwhelming. This is often due in large part to unfamiliarity with the ...
  • Hurt in a Car Accident in Wilmington? Learn the Basics of Delaware Car/Auto Accident Lawsuits (December 2, 2013)
    Delaware is very much a commuter state. Drivers from neighboring states such as Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey are often driving through Delaware. Many car, truck and pedestrian accidents occur in Delaware’s largest cities, such as Wilmington and Newark. Car, truck and pedestrian accidents are very common throughout the state. Under Delaware car/auto accident law, negligent ...
  • Hurt in a Car Accident in Wilmington? Learn the Basics of Delaware PIP Coverage Law (November 27, 2013)
    With the holidays approaching, the number of car and traffic accidents in the Wilmington area will certainly increase. Residents of Delaware who are injured in car accidents in the Wilmington, Newark and Dover area are often confused about how their car insurance policies work and what happens after a car accident occurs. In fact, one of ...
  • How Lost Wages are Paid After a Car or Truck Accident in Delaware (Part 1) (November 11, 2013)
    Residents of Delaware who’ve been injured in car or truck accidents are often surprised to learn that they may be able to recover net lost wages by filing a PIP claim under their own car insurance policies. In fact, it is pretty common for an injured Delaware driver to be confused about how PIP even ...
  • How Lost Wages are Paid After a Car or Truck Accident in Delaware (Part 2) (November 11, 2013)
    Residents of Delaware who are seriously injured in car or truck accidents often miss time from work. Individuals who suffer fractured or broken bones or those who suffer head injuries may need extensive medical care. In Delaware, PIP covers medical bills, net lost wages, funeral expenses, etc. Therefore, Delaware car accident victims who are insured ...
  • Lost Wage and Salary Claims in a Delaware Car Accident Case – Documenting the Lost Wage Amount (November 2, 2013)
    Whether you’ve been injured in an auto accident near Wilmington, Newark or Dover, you may have questions about whether you can recover lost wages or earnings. In most cases, the answer is yes. Under Delaware car accident law, Delaware residents who are covered under an applicable Delaware car/auto insurance policy may be eligible to make PIP ...
  • Delaware Truck Accident Law- Is the Truck Company Liable? (October 24, 2013)
    One of the first questions an individual who has been injured in a tractor-trailer truck accident may have is whether the trucking company/employer is liable for the accident. In most truck accident cases in Delaware, the answer is yes. Delaware Truck Accident Law – Employer Liability for an Employee’s Negligence Under Delaware law, an employer can be ...
  • Common Types of Truck Accidents, by a Delaware Car & Truck Accident Lawyer (October 24, 2013)
    Truck accidents have been increasing in Delaware over the last few years. In fact, in 2011, there were a total of 1,248 truck accidents in Delaware; 156 more than in the previous year, 2010, that is 10 more truck accidents in Delaware every month. In addition, the number of large commercial truck accidents increased. Tractor-trailer ...
  • Delaware Truck Accidents in 2010 and 2011 (October 24, 2013)
    If you were injured in a truck accident in the Wilmington area, please feel free to contact the law offices of Knepper & Stratton for a free consultation. Our lawyers have extensive experience handling car, truck and pedestrian accident cases in Delaware. Trucks are important for a number of industries, including automotive, agricultural, chemical, and other ...
  • Delaware Car Accident Lawsuits & The Importance of Prompt Medical Treatment, by a Wilmington Car Accident Lawyer (October 3, 2013)
    If you were injured in a car accident in the Wilmington area, please feel free to contact the law offices of Knepper & Stratton for a free consultation. Our lawyers have extensive experience handling car accident cases in Delaware. Why Medical Treatment is Important in a Delaware Car Accident Case – Proving an Injury was Caused ...
  • Delaware Pedestrian Accident Law – Pain & Suffering Damages (September 24, 2013)
    Pedestrians who are injured in accidents often want to know “how can I make a claim for my injuries?” or “how do I get compensated for my pain and suffering?” Under Delaware car and pedestrian accident law, a pedestrian injured due to the negligence of a driver may be entitled to receive reasonable financial compensation for ...
  • Delaware Car-Pedestrian Accident Law – Damages in a Pedestrian Accident Case (September 17, 2013)
    Injuries resulting from pedestrian accidents are often severe. At high rates of speed, pedestrian accidents may be fatal. Injuries common in pedestrian accidents include: broken/fractured bones in the lower extremities (legs, ankles, and feet) broken/fractured bones in the upper extremities (arms, elbows, shoulders), spinal injuries (spinal disc injuries and spinal cord injuries), and head/brain injuries. DE Pedestrian Accident Law – ...
  • Making a DE PIP Claim for Lost Wages After a Car Accident – What You Need to Know (September 12, 2013)
    In serious car or truck accident cases, an injured driver may lose significant time from work. Recovering from surgery and rehabilitation can take weeks and even months. For most people, missing several weeks or months from work can result in very serious financial difficulty. Fortunately, Delaware car accident laws allow for the recovery of lost ...
  • Making a DE PIP Claim for Medical Bills After a Car Accident – What to Know (September 3, 2013)
    Last updated: January 12, 2020 Getting medical bills paid after a car, truck or pedestrian accident can be a nightmare. The stress of navigating the maze of car insurance PIP claims often compounds the physical injuries. Injured individuals who need to open a PIP claim to get medical bills paid are often confused about what to do ...
  • Delaware Car Accident Case Study – A Passenger’s Rights in a Single Car Crash in Dover, DE (August 22, 2013)
    Under Delaware car accident law, drivers owe an ordinary and reasonable duty of care to their passengers. If a passenger is injured in a car accident due to negligence of the driver, the passenger may have a valid legal claim against the driver. Oftentimes, the driver is a friend or extended relative, which can make ...
  • Passengers’ Rights in Delaware Car Accidents, Explained by a Delaware Car Accident Lawyer with Over 30 Years of Experience (August 22, 2013)
    Passengers who are injured in Delaware car accident cases are often confused and misinformed about their legal rights and the insurance claim process. Two of the most common questions we get from passengers who were injured in car accidents are “who pays for my medical bills?” and “can I file a claim against the driver ...
  • Delaware Car Accident Law – Justice for Minorities and Immigrants (August 5, 2013)
    Many immigrants or minorities who are injured in car accidents often ask whether they can bring a legal claim for their injuries. Many ask whether not being a U.S. citizen makes a difference. Some believe that only U.S. citizens are allowed to seek justice in the legal system. The hallmark of the American legal justice system ...
  • Delaware Car Accident Law – Two Common Causes of Rear End Accidents (July 24, 2013)
    Liability in a rear-end car accident case is usually pretty clear. Most drivers who cause rear end accidents simply weren’t paying attention to the road, perhaps reaching down to get something which fell on the floor, speeding, etc. Generally, in a rear-end accident case, two Delaware motor vehicle statutes come into play: Following too closely Careless/inattentive driving Following Too ...
  • Common Rear End Accident Injuries, Explained by a DE Car-Truck Accident Lawyer with Over 30 Years of Experience (July 15, 2013)
    In many rear end accident situations, the parties are uninjured. However, in some instances, rear end accident injuries can cause the injured driver to incur thousands of dollars of medical bills as well as lost wages. When the striking vehicle is traveling at a high rate of speed and/or is a large truck, such as ...
  • Out of State Drivers in Delaware – What You Should Know if You’ve Been in a Car Accident in Delaware (July 8, 2013)
    There is no shortage of drivers on Delaware roads and highways, especially from other states, such as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia. Car and truck accidents are quite common and often result in very serious injuries. Medical bills may pile up and the victim may be unable to return to work after the accident. ...
  • New Jersey Residents in Delaware Car/Truck Accidents (June 21, 2013)
    Delaware is a commuter state. Many drivers on Delaware highways, such as Interstate 95, Interstate 295 and Interstate 495, come from neighboring states. Residents of Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey often travel through Delaware. Whether it’s for work or to visit Delaware’s beach towns, residents of New Jersey may find themselves in car, truck or ...
  • Bicycle Accidents in Delaware, by a Delaware Car Accident Lawyer (June 13, 2013)
    Page last updated: August 3, 2016 Within the last few years, Delaware has become more bicycle friendly. Many roads throughout Delaware have marked bicycle lanes and some Park & Ride facilities have bike racks available. Bicycle friendly rumble strips have been installed at some of Delaware’s beach towns. For example, bicycle friendly rumble strips have been ...
  • DE Car Accident Lawyer – Proving Fault in a Delaware Car Accident Injury Insurance Claim (June 12, 2013)
    Fault in a car or truck accident in Delaware is not always clear. In some car accident cases, fault may at first seem clear, but as the case unfolds, fault becomes an issue. For instance, fault may seem to lie solely with a driver who runs a red light and strikes a car in an ...
  • Pedestrians Walking Outside of a Crosswalk – Delaware Accident Law (May 28, 2013)
    What Happens When a Pedestrian is Walking Outside a Crosswalk and Gets Hit by a Car? Delaware Pedestrian Accident Prevention Laws Under Delaware law, pedestrians walking outside of a crosswalk or walking in an unmarked crosswalk must yield the right-of-way to cars, trucks and buses on the road. In addition, Delaware law prohibits pedestrians from crossing a ...
  • Pedestrian Accident Prevention, by a Delaware Pedestrian Accident Lawyer (May 20, 2013)
    Pedestrian safety should be on our minds as we venture outside for events and summertime fun. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are common throughout the State of Delaware. New Castle County which is the smallest and most populated county in Delaware sees the most pedestrian accidents each year, followed by Sussex and then Kent County. Pedestrian Accidents in ...
  • Delaware Pedestrian Traffic Right-of-Way Laws (May 7, 2013)
    In the last 10 years, there’s been a large increase in the number of pedestrian accidents in Delaware as well as the number of fatal pedestrian accidents. In 2009, there were 277 pedestrian accidents in Delaware, 14 of which resulted in fatalities. In 2019, there were 387 pedestrian accidents (40% increase), 32 (113% increase) of ...
  • Avoiding Left Hand Turn Accidents, by a DE Car Accident Lawyer (May 7, 2013)
    Generally, intersection accidents are preventable. They tend to result from distracted driving or driver inexperience. Other causes include running a red light or blowing through a stop sign. Distractions such as using a cell phone or changing a CD or music channel can take a driver’s attention from oncoming traffic and result in an accident. ...
  • Delaware Car & Truck Accident Law – Intersection and Left Hand Turn Accidents (April 9, 2013)
    Intersection accidents can occur because a driver runs a red light or fails to stop at a stop sign. They also occur when a driver makes a left hand turn into an intersection. Intersection accidents can result in second and third impacts with other, nearby cars. These kinds of accidents, also known as t-bone accidents, ...
  • Negligence in a Delaware Car or Truck Accident Lawsuit (April 8, 2013)
    Under accident and injury law in Delaware, victims in car, truck or pedestrian accidents may be able to obtain fair compensation for their injuries. The key to success in any car accident case is proving negligence of the other driver, the person responsible for causing the accident. The Definition of Negligence in a Delaware Car/Truck Accident ...
  • Common Legal Claims Made in Delaware Car & Truck Accident Lawsuits (April 7, 2013)
    Car and truck accidents often result in serious injuries. While neck and back injuries are very common, head injuries and broken or fractured bones can also occur. Serious injuries may require surgery and physical therapy. Time is often taken out from work to attend medical appointments or to rest. Disability may also result. Delaware Car & ...
  • Delaware Car Accident Law – Cell Phone Use Causes Car Accidents (March 21, 2013)
    Whether it’s using a cell phone to make a call, send a text or using a GPS, distracted driving is inherently dangerous. For younger, inexperienced drivers, cell phone use can be fatal. In Delaware, cell phone use caused 138 accidents in 2011. While that number might seem low, cell phone use when driving in this state ...
  • Cell Phone Use and Car Accidents in Delaware (March 10, 2013)
    Delaware Law – Driving and Using a Cell Phone Delaware’s law banning cell phone use when driving was enacted in 2010 and became effective in early 2011. Since then, it has undergone a handful of minor revisions. The most recent amendment occurred last year when the Delaware legislature added a section which now allows points to ...
  • Recovering Medical Bills in a Delaware Car or Truck Accident Case (February 18, 2013)
    In many situations, those who are injured in car or truck accidents find themselves facing a mountain of medical bills. Ambulance bills, emergency room/hospital bills, therapy bills, etc. can accumulate quickly. It can be stressful trying to figure out who pays for medical bills after a car, pedestrian or truck accident. Many Delaware residents who get ...
  • Pain and Suffering Damages in a Car/Truck Accident Case in Delaware (February 8, 2013)
    Delaware residents who find themselves injured in car, truck or pedestrian accidents often have questions about what pain and suffering means or how pain and suffering damages are decided. Pain and suffering damages are meant to compensate an injured person for the following: loss of health, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of lifestyle, physical pain and discomfort, mental and emotional ...
  • Recovering Lost Wages After a Delaware Car/Truck Accident (February 1, 2013)
    Car or truck accidents can result in serious injuries such as, spine and back injuries, head injuries and fractured bones. Jobs can be placed in jeopardy when victims of car or truck accidents lose time from work. Delaware Law Allows for Recovery of Damages as a Result of Injury in a Car/Truck Accident When an accident is ...