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As traffic increases, so will car accidents involving pedestrians

On Behalf of | Jun 25, 2019 | Car Accidents

Populations are on the rise in Delaware as more and more people move here to take advantage of the economic opportunities that are becoming abundant in this state. This is a good thing, but it also means there will be more traffic on roadways. Unfortunately, car accidents involving pedestrians will also increase. These types of accidents often turn out to be fatal since pedestrians are unprotected and exposed. Delaware State Police are investigating an accident on Newport Gap Pike that killed a pedestrian.

The accident occurred during the evening hours at the Faulkland intersection. According to investigation reports, the pedestrian was stopped for the red light, along with southbound traffic. However, reports said northbound traffic had a green light. Apparently, one of the drivers of a stopped southbound vehicle motioned the pedestrian to cross in front of their vehicle.

Police said the pedestrian stepped into the roadway and was struck by a northbound passenger van. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities. Reportedly, all occupants of the van were uninjured in the crash. Investigators said neither alcohol nor speed appear to be factors in the accident.

There are strict laws in Delaware to protect pedestrians. Despite these laws, car accidents involving pedestrians have been increasing. Families in Delaware who have suffered the loss of a loved one due to an act of negligence in this type of accident may want to consider discussing the matter with a legal representative. Damages from a successful lawsuit could be used to cover medical expenses and help family members cope with the pain and suffering that comes with losing a loved one.