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Pedestrians make up over 20 percent of all traffic-related deaths in Delaware each year, according to the Delaware Department of Transportation (DOT). It is one of the highest pedestrian fatality rates in the nation, just below Florida. The state is trying to change this with a public awareness campaign Walk Smart.
The Walk Smart campaign was launched in 2018 and is a joint effort between the Office of Highway Safety and DelDOT, and aims to reduce these accidents by working with community law enforcement to reduce unsafe practices on the road. The campaign will educate pedestrians on safe walking and crossing practices and stop violators.
Organizations such as Bike Delaware point to a lack of crosswalks, broken or poorly maintained sidewalks, median barriers, and a need for careful community planning; as reasons behind the number of pedestrian accidents. While these infrastructure changes may be adapted, they take time. Meanwhile, pedestrian and cyclist accidents continue to happen throughout the state.
Unfortunately, accidents, injuries, and deaths are often blamed on the pedestrians themselves. Pedestrians are vulnerable to injury, and motorists should be extra cautious while driving in congested areas where pedestrians will be walking.
Injuries to those on foot or on a bicycle in a traffic accident are serious, and can be deadly. An injured pedestrian may need legal assistance to help them financially recover.
Those who have lost a loved one or have been injured in a pedestrian accident can contact Wilmington pedestrian accident lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow for assistance. Call 302-407-0827 or complete an online form to schedule a free consultation. Located in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, the firm serves clients throughout Middletown, Dover, Milford, Lewes, Rehoboth, Elsmere, and Seaford.
As summer comes to a close, it is time for kids to go back to school. It is important to practice safety and health practices when students return to school. Being thoughtful and prepared can help avoid accidents, injuries, and illnesses.
In September, traffic conditions change, so it is important to always focus on the road in order to prevent a car accident or a pedestrian accident. Drivers need to get used to sharing the road with pedestrians and bicyclists. Make sure to give bicyclists and pedestrians plenty of room. When opening a car door into a traffic lane, look behind to see whether a cyclist is approaching, and wait for them to pass before opening the door.
Other safety precautions include yielding to pedestrians and avoid passing vehicles that are stopped for crossing pedestrians. Do not block crosswalks or double-park.
Safety while walking to school requires students to know basic traffic rules. Kids should always use sidewalks, and if one is not available, a student should walk facing traffic. Students must remember to look both ways before crossing streets, too. It is also very important for kids to avoid distractions. Using cellphones or headphones while walking is dangerous.
Safely riding a bike to school requires knowledge of bike safety requirements, including always wearing a helmet, riding in the direction of traffic, and using proper hand signals when turning. Multiple riders must ride in a single file.
All students should know their phone number, address, how to get in touch with their parents at work, and when to call 911 in case an accident does occur.
Those driving kids to school need to get used to the new traffic flow and get familiar with the school pick-up and drop-off procedures. School zones can be particularly difficult to maneuver.
When everyone is trying to get in and out as quickly as possible, the school zone can get crowded and chaotic. A specific well-marked drop-off and pick-up area located away from the primary entrance is best. Requiring a low speed limit, such as 20 mph or less, and having school attendants directing traffic is very helpful.
Even if optimal school zone conditions are not met, drivers can do their part by being familiar with the school zone and try to arrive early. Do not double-park or drop kids off where they have to cross congested streets.
One of the most important things to do is to avoid distracted driving. Cellphones and headphones are responsible for many traffic accidents. Distracted driving in school zones where pedestrian traffic is heavy endangers drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Demonstrating distracted driving behaviors to children is also likely to make them believe that the behavior is acceptable. Parents should always set a good example.
Slip and fall accidents are common on school grounds. Kids running up and down steps and playing in the playground provide ample opportunities for tripping.
Sports activities also injure many students. Many schools teach team sports and interscholastic sports activities.
All sports have a level of risk. To minimize the risk, be sure that kids are outfitted with the proper attire. They should use only unbroken, well fitted, and properly maintained gear. Some equipment, such as football helmets, must meet minimum safety criteria. Be sure the equipment meets all necessary standards. The school-provided equipment should be well maintained and properly set up.
In all sports, it is important that the pace of progress is moderated properly by coaches. For kids who have not been actively performing sports, it is important to start off slowly and build conditioning. Make sure kids are not pressed too hard by overzealous coaching. Let them know that they must listen to their bodies and not play if injured. It is also important for them to remain hydrated.
Playing outside during recess, gym, or organized sports carries the risk of heat exposure. Kids should know to keep hydrated when exerting themselves in these conditions. If the temperature is high, especially when paired with humidity, it is possible for kids exercising outside to get overheated. They should be aware of symptoms of heat exhaustion, including faintness, dizziness, nausea, headaches, and a rapid pulse. The immediate response should be to discontinue the activity, move to a cooler area, and drink water. If the symptoms do not subside quickly, the child should get medical attention immediately.
Another danger is heat stroke. In this condition, the body loses its ability to regulate temperature. Core body temperature can get as high as 104 degrees or higher. This condition can cause brain damage and can also be fatal if not addressed immediately.
Precautions to take includes avoiding sports and outdoor activities when it is very hot outside. Getting cooled off in the shade and placing a cool damp cloth on the neck or wrist can help cool down body temperature. It is very important to keep hydrated when outside in hot weather. Another precaution is to wear loose fitting and light-colored clothing.
This school session will be like no other. It is extremely important that students and administrators follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to ensure that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) does not spread. These guidelines include frequent handwashing, wearing masks, and social distancing. If a student is participating in remote learning, parents should review cyber safety and also follow CDC guidelines.
If a school does not follow proper safety procedures or address hazards, it is advisable to talk to a lawyer about filing a personal injury suit.
If you or your child incurred injuries on school grounds, it is beneficial to speak to a lawyer. Contact one of our experienced Delaware personal injury lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow for legal counsel. Call us at 302-427-9500 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, we serve clients throughout Middletown, Dover, Milford, Hillsborough, Lewes, Rehoboth, Elsmere, and Seaford.
Warm weather means more cyclists are on the road, and unfortunately, it also means an increase in the number of accidents sending cyclists to the emergency room. The Beebe Healthcare’s Emergency Department reports treating more than twice the number of trauma cases involving cyclists so far this year than it did over the same period in 2018. The number of cyclists suffering significant trauma has also increased. Some of these injuries required transfer to a Level One trauma center, which included traumatic brain injury, organ lacerations, and bone fractures. While many cycling accidents result from collisions with motor vehicles, that is not true of all bike crashes.
Approximately 900 people lose their lives each year in bicycle crashes and 580,000 head to the emergency room. The largest number of fatalities occur in children and adolescents aged nine to 15, with boys more likely to be fatally injured in a bike accident than girls. The largest number of bike crashes occur in the summer, in the late afternoon or early evening. The most common cause of death, at 60 percent, is head injury, generally after colliding with a car. Head injuries are also the biggest cause of long-term disability in injured cyclists.
Many cyclists may be partly or completely at-fault for the accident, as they might perform stunts or speed. Crashes may also cause genital or rectal injuries in the cyclist. Landing on the handlebars may result in substantial abdominal injuries. Wearing a bike helmet may reduce head injuries by as much as 85 percent and facial injuries by 65 percent. Many cyclists ride off-road bikes, and while they are less likely to collide with a motor vehicle, mountain bike riders have their own share of injuries. Riding too fast results in injuries and deaths, as does hitting an obstacle on the trails and losing control of the mountain bike.
Following some basic safety types can help prevent cyclists from ending up in the emergency room. These include:
It is also critical that cyclists always pay attention to their surroundings and avoid any types of distractions.
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a bicycle accident caused by a motor vehicle, you need the services of the Wilmington personal injury lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow. We work tirelessly to hold drivers responsible and pursue the damages victims deserve. For a free consultation, call us at 302-427-9500 or contact us online today. With offices located in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, we serve clients throughout the state, including the areas of Elsmere and Seaford.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety calls summer one of the most dangerous times of the year on the nation’s roads because of the rise in traffic accidents. That rise in accidents includes those involving tractor trailers and other large trucks. Motor vehicle accidents involving commercial trucks are more likely to result in devastating injuries to all involved. With some of the largest tractor trailers weighing upwards of 30,000 pounds, the sheer impact of a collision with a vehicle this size can be catastrophic.
The following are common causes of summer truck accidents:
Any individual on the receiving end of a truck accident may end up with serious, life-threatening injuries. At Rhoades & Morrow, our Delaware truck accident lawyers help you move forward to physical, emotional, and financial recovery. We will fight for the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call us today at 302-427-9500 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation today. With locations in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, we proudly serve clients throughout the state, including those from Elsmere and Seaford.
With warm weather comes the enjoyment of your favorite outdoor activities. Bicycle riding is one of the most enjoyable outdoor activities for the young and old. Unfortunately, this healthy and fun activity can sometimes lead to injury. However, most bicycle accidents and injuries can be avoided by following some simple tips. First and foremost, always make sure to wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. In addition, bicycle riders should ride on the right in the same direction as other vehicles and obey all traffic signs, signals and lane markings. Lastly, bicycle riders should not wear earplugs or a headset so that they can hear traffic and avoid dangerous conditions. You can find these bicycle safety tips and others through The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website located at http://www.nhtsa.gov/.
Sometimes, even when the basic rules of bicycle safety are followed, one can be injured in a bicycle accident. As attorneys, who have represented clients involved in bicycle accidents, we often see two main types of bicycle accidents. First, and by far the most common, is a bicycle accident involving a car, truck or bus. Often times because of the bias against bicycle riders, it is assumed that the bicycle rider was at fault. However, in many instances, the bicycle rider followed the rules of the road while the automobile driver was at fault. If you are involved in this type of accident, it is important that you immediately call the police and ensure that the police have the proper details of the accident.
Another type of bicycle accident is the hit and run bicycle accident. Regrettably, sometimes automobile drivers who strike a bicycle rider leave the scene of the accident. If this occurs, it is important to immediately call the police and record the name of any witnesses who may stop to render aid. In addition, it is important that you immediately report the accident to your own automobile insurance carrier.
With spring upon us, it is important for bicycle riders to know safe riding rules, but it is also important for automobiles drivers to know that they have a duty to share the road with bicycles. If everyone bikes and drives safe, bicycle accidents and injuries can be avoided.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, the Wilmington accident lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow will help you find the answers you need to hold the responsible party accountable. To schedule a free consultation, call our Wilmington office at 302-427-0099, our Bear office at 302-834-8484, or our Milford office at 302-422-6705, or you can contact us online.
On Saturday evening, two cyclists were fatally struck by an SUV in Dewey Beach, Delaware. The accident occurred around 5 pm on Route 1 near Salisbury Street when a 61-year-old man from New York lost control of his vehicle and hit two cyclists who were standing with their bicycles near a restaurant. After the SUV struck the bicycle riders, who were both in their 50s and from Washington, DC, the driver knocked down a utility pole and an unoccupied Jeep that was parked in the restaurant lot. It was determined that the SUV driver suffered from a medical event that caused him to faint and lose control of his vehicle. He was taken to the Beebe Healthcare facility for an evaluation while the victims succumbed to their fatal injuries at the scene of the accident.
Though cyclists must adhere to the same traffic laws and are protected by the same guidelines as other motorists, many drivers are unaware of that fact and may fail to use caution when driving in the vicinity of bicyclists. Due to the lack of safety features that bicycles provide, riders may sustain serious or even fatal injuries in event of a crash. If the bicyclists survive an accident, they may develop debilitating conditions that could interrupt their ability to earn an income.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, contact our Wilmington bicycle accident lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow. Call 302-427-9500 or contact us online to see how we can help you. With offices in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, we serve clients throughout Hockessin, Newark, Glasgow, Middletown, Smyrna, Dover, Lewes, Georgetown, and Seaford as well as those in the communities of New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County.
With warm weather comes the enjoyment of your favorite outdoor activities. Bicycle riding is one of the most enjoyable outdoor activities for the young and old. Unfortunately, this healthy and fun activity can sometimes lead to injury. However, most bicycle accidents and injuries can be avoided by following some simple tips. First and foremost, always make sure to wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. In addition, bicycle riders should ride on the right in the same direction as other vehicles and obey all traffic signs, signals and lane markings. Lastly, bicycle riders should not wear earplugs or a headset so that they can hear traffic and avoid dangerous conditions. You can find these bicycle safety tips and others through The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website located here.
Sometimes, even when the basic rules of bicycle safety are followed, one can be injured in a bicycle accident. As attorneys, who have represented clients involved in bicycle accidents, we often see two main types of bicycle accidents. First, and by far the most common, is a bicycle accident involving a car, truck or bus. Oftentimes because of the bias against bicycle riders, it is assumed that the bicycle rider was at fault. However, in many instances, the bicycle rider followed the rules of the road while the automobile driver was at fault. If you are involved in this type of accident, it is important that you immediacy call the police and ensure that the police have the proper details of the accident.
Another type of bicycle accident, is the hit and run bicycle accident. Regrettably, sometimes automobile drivers, who strike a bicycle rider, leave the scene of the accident. If this occurs, it is important to immediacy call the police and record the name of any witnesses, who may stop to render aid. In addition, it is important that you immediately report the accident to your own automobile insurance carrier.
With summer upon us, it is important for bicycle riders to know safe riding rules. If everyone bikes and drives safe, bicycle accidents and injuries can be avoided.
If you would like a free consultation to discuss an automobile accident, truck accident, motorcycle or bicycle accident claim, call Rhoades & Morrow to speak with a Wilmington accident lawyer. Call our offices at 302-427-9500 or contact us online to learn more. Rhoades & Morrow handles all personal injury and work injury cases throughout Delaware, including Wilmington, Hockessin, Newark, Glasgow, Bear, Middletown, Smyrna, Dover, Milford, Lewes, Georgetown, and Seaford, as well communities in New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County.
(The contents of this article are intended to convey general information only and not to provide legal advice or opinions. As legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, nothing provided herein should be used as a substitute for advice of competent counsel)