Safety authorities say the numbers of deaths on the roads of Delaware and elsewhere are moving in the opposite direction from what one would expect. Auto manufacturers add more advanced safety features to vehicles, and decades of improving traffic safety are not effective enough. A car accident occurs every five seconds, and thousands of accident victims across the country lose their lives each year.
The National Safety Council identified the primary causes of car accidents, the first of which is speed. When speed limits are increased, death tolls rise. Many drivers do not adjust their driving speed to match road and weather conditions. Impaired driving claims 10,000 lives each year. It is not only alcohol but also over-the-counter, prescription and illegal drugs that impair mental and visual functions and motor skills.
Distractions are to blame for many car accidents. The NSC says infotainment features and smartphones are so distracting that drivers fail to notice things that are clear to see through the windshield. Distracted drivers fail to see traffic lights, pedestrians and other obvious dangers.
Although buckling up as well as avoiding distractions and impaired driving is the answer, lives will likely continue to be lost in auto accidents. Sadly, drivers who take sensible precautions can still fall victim to negligent drivers. Fortunately, the civil justice system of Delaware allows car accident victims to pursue financial relief. Navigating such a lawsuit is complicated, but the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney can simplify it. The successful presentation of such a claim might result in a monetary judgment to cover medical expenses, lost income and other damages.