2018 is now surpassing the number of traffic fatalities from previous years 2015, 2016, and 2017. We have discussed the “100 deadliest days” in the past. Delaware is currently in the final month of the 100 deadliest days, a year which has been devastating for drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists in the State of Delaware.
This year has already surpassed the traffic fatalities of 2017 by 14 fatalities with over 4 months remaining in the calendar year. Traffic analysts have no insight as to what has caused this spike in traffic fatalities. With accident factors like alcohol/drug related deaths down, more people utilizing seat belts, and pedestrian deaths decreasing, analysts are still trying to determine reasons for 2018’s spike in fatalities.
If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, follow these steps for the best possible outcome:
Assess the Situation
First and foremost, make sure you are not seriously injured. If it is safe, move your vehicle to the shoulder of the road or out of the flow of traffic. If you discover that the person in the other vehicle is severely injured, call emergency services immediately. If the road is blocked by your car or the other car involved in the accident, you should call the police so they can come and close the road and avoid any further accidents.
The Scene of the Accident
Never leave the scene of the accident. If you are involved in an accident and leave the scene you could potentially have your driving privileges revoked or suspended. If both vehicles are unable to move or the driver is incapacitated, put on emergency flashers. It is recommended that drivers not smoke at the scene of an accident. Regardless of how insignificant the accident may seem fluids can leak from either vehicle and the majority of vehicle fluids are flammable.
Call the Police
No matter how minor the accident may seem, even if at the time you do not feel injured be sure to call the police. At-fault drivers may try to pressure you to just let them pay cash for everything. When pressed, at-fault drivers may to agree to exchange insurance information and drive off. Not involving the police can cost you. Without an accident report on file, the other party can claim they were not at fault for causing the car accident, or they can deny the car accident ever took place.
As a responsible driver, exchange information with the other party. Unless one of the drivers is severely injured, both parties must exchange contact and insurance information. Also, if there are any witnesses, exchange information with them. This will be vital if you need to have them testify at a later date.
Use critical thinking and objectively analyze the situation. If you are injured in the accident, call 911 to be properly evaluated by medical personnel. Call the police and verify the information the other party provided to accurately file your claim. If police officers investigated the accident, make sure you have their name and badge numbers. After sustaining any injury in a motor vehicle accident, contact an attorney to know your rights.