Delaware is a small state in the Mid-Atlantic, surrounded by Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. It is ranked 49th in terms of total area and 45th in terms of population with just under a million residents. It’s an affluent state with most families being able to afford multiple cars. As a result, the local government was able to record almost 700,000 licensed drivers, and almost 900,000 registered vehicles in the state. These were able to log an estimated 9.76 million miles for the year 2015. Just marginal increases were observed from the 2014 to 2015 statistics.
Crashes and Fatalities
According to the CDC, accidents are the fourth leading cause of death in Delaware. It is just below cancer, heart disease, and chronic lower respiratory diseases. Accidents killed more people in 2016 than stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, kidney disease, and diabetes. We spend a great deal of time and money to take good care of our health. Given this data, it just seems logical to give as much attention to our safety on the roads.
A good chunk of these Delaware accident statistics may be traced to motor vehicle crashes. In 2015, there were 129 fatal crashes in the state which was 16% up from the previous year. Crashes that resulted in personal injury reached 5,253 while those that were limited to property damage went up to 18,684. The total number of collisions for that year was just over 24,000.
More than one person was involved in many of these cases. The number of persons killed was 133 while the persons injured was more than 8,000. Looking at the vehicle miles travelled, it would seem that there is 1.36 deaths per 100 million miles or 1.49 per 10,000 registered vehicles. The death rate is pegged at 14.09 per 100,000 population. What’s concerning is that Delaware’s death rate has been going up in the past few years while the national figures are going down.
About half of the fatal crashes happened in New Castle county. Car drivers were more apt to perish than their passengers. The most common crashes involved a motor vehicle in transport, parked vehicles, collisions with utility poles, collisions with the curb, and animals. As for the contributing circumstances, inattentive driving, following too close, careless driving, failing to yield, improper passing, animal in roadway, and driving under influence come out on top. DUI, failure to yield, and pedestrian crashes were very fatal.
According to the breakdown, there were a few more licensed female drivers than male drivers around the state in 2015. Women outnumbered men 354,845 to 329,886. Those aged between 25 and 54 make up half of the license holders. In Delaware, teenagers as young as 16 can begin to drive, although their numbers are small compared to the rest. Seniors aged 70 and older outnumber them by a mile, aided by experience and deeper pockets.
If you are a victim of a crash, then get an accident lawyer in Delaware to help you with your claims.