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Delaware Pedestrian Accident Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Represent Those Injured in Pedestrian Accidents.

What Are the Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?

Although a typical car accident can result in severe damage, a car accident involving a pedestrian has a much greater chance of causing a serious injury or fatality. Unlike the driver of a motor vehicle, a pedestrian has no physical barrier or protection. A surprising number of people still use walking as a means of travel. Unfortunately, the moment that a pedestrian takes a step onto a street or crosswalk, the possibility of being involved in a serious or life-threatening accident becomes a reality.

Whether you are walking for fun or walking to work, for recreation or exercise, occupying space with motor vehicles is always a dangerous proposition. Pedestrians represent roughly 13 percent of all motor vehicle-related fatalities every year. This is not surprising when considering that more than ten percent of all travel in the U.S. is still by foot. The bottom line is that walking on streets and roads alongside and in close proximity to motor vehicles is risky, so knowing the facts about pedestrian accidents is important.

How Typical Are Pedestrian Accidents?

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reported that close to 8,000 pedestrians in the U.S. died in 2020 from both traffic and non-traffic accidents. These include pedestrians who suffered death from walking on driveways and parking areas to streets and roadways. More than 6,500 pedestrians, however, suffered fatalities in traffic accidents on public roads. By far, this makes walking on public streets and roads the leading cause of pedestrian accidents.

The numbers each year vary only slightly. For instance, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that over 6,200 pedestrians were killed in 2019, with roughly 76,000 pedestrians suffering some sort of injury. These numbers are comparative to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in which they reported that almost 6,000 pedestrians died from traffic accidents in 2017.

Where and When Do Most Pedestrian Accidents Occur?

Although urban areas house more people, most pedestrian accidents quite surprisingly occur in suburbs, the majority of which happen at night. According to the NHTSA, in 2020, 80 percent of pedestrian accidents resulting in death took place in urban areas. 76 percent of them occurred on open roads compared to only 24 percent that took place at intersections. 76 percent of all pedestrian accidents happened in the dark.

Not surprisingly, over 1,000 pedestrian accident deaths in the same year took place on Saturdays, the majority of which, again, happened in the dark. Sundays are a close second to Saturdays for pedestrian accidents. higher number in suburbs compared to urban areas might be explained by dark roads and higher speeds of travel.

How Do Pedestrian Accidents Occur?

Despite the number of serious injuries and fatalities that result from pedestrian accidents, most people are careful when walking near traffic. Unfortunately, that doesn’t account for the actions of drivers. It would be prudent to first consider that some pedestrian accidents via motor vehicles happen due to carelessness of pedestrians themselves.

Pedestrians who are either under the influence or simply not paying attention often pay the consequences while walking. Drivers face similar consequences, but pedestrian accidents carry with them a much higher chance of serious injury or fatality: pedestrians have zero protection.

Using cellphones accounts for numerous motor vehicle accidents each year. It is no different with pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians are often guilty of cellphone usage when continual concentration is needed to observe traffic and important traffic signals. Whether it is listening to music, texting, or having a conversation with a friend, cell phones inhibit the ability of pedestrians and drivers alike to fully consider their surroundings and avoid a potentially dangerous threat.

Most often, pedestrian accidents occur from driver negligence. Speeding is one of the leading causes of pedestrian accidents. It is difficult for a pedestrian to judge how fast a car is travelling, especially when the car in question is travelling at a high rate of speed. The judgement of a pedestrian is usually not the biggest problem when it comes to speeding cars, but rather the inability of a driver to react in a timely fashion. It is also important to remember that the faster the vehicle, the more chance a pedestrian has of being killed upon impact.

Driving under the influence is never a good idea, but impaired driving is one of the biggest threats to pedestrians. Whether it is alcohol or drugs, impaired drivers are less likely to spot a pedestrian than they are to spot other vehicles. Moreover, impaired drivers with little time to react are usually going to react poorly, and that doesn’t fare well for any pedestrian who unexpectedly walks in their path.

Intersections are notably dangerous because of drivers who either run a stop sign, run a traffic light, or very commonly continue to roll after their initial stop. Pedestrians at intersections are often unaware of the continued movement of vehicles and similarly, drivers are often unaware of pedestrians. Left-hand turns at intersections pose an especially dangerous threat to pedestrians; it is difficult to see a pedestrian while making a left-hand turn if it was not unexpected.

Driver recklessness is a major cause of pedestrian accidents and encompasses several bad actions and habits. Breaking driving laws, which is often the case when being reckless, presents a constant threat to anyone either on the road or to the side. Weaving in and out of traffic, making illegal turns, and disobeying traffic signs are all examples of reckless, illegal driving, each one presenting a particularly high risk to pedestrians.

What Are Some Ways to Prevent Pedestrian Accidents?

There are many ways to lower the risk when walking on streets and roads. Make sure you always obey signs and signals. Use crosswalks if available; most drivers are expecting pedestrians to use them. Walk on sidewalks. If no sidewalk is available, walk facing traffic. When crossing an intersection, take the time to look in all directions.

Don’t try to dodge or race traffic; take the time to look for a large gap between vehicles instead. Look out for vehicles entering or exiting roads via ramps. Look out for vehicles quickly entering or exiting parking lots or driveways. Mostly, be aware that some drivers are simply not paying attention. Just as defensive driving is the best policy for motorists, pedestrians are safest when considering all the possibilities.

Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Represent Those Injured in Pedestrian Accidents

If you or a loved one was involved in a pedestrian accident, speak with our Wilmington car accident lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow. Our experienced attorneys will fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us at 302-427-9500 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. With offices in all three counties, we serve clients throughout the state.

Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Advocate for Those Injured in Nighttime Collisions.

Can Smart Headlights Prevent Car Accidents?

Smart headlights have been available for years in other countries and are finally on their way to the United States. The technology is much more sophisticated than the standard headlights currently in use, and they should improve safety and reduce car accidents.

Smart headlights are also known as adaptive driving beam (ADB) headlights. The technology is a huge improvement over the standard systems in most American cars. ADB systems essentially employ full illumination that is modified via cameras and sensors that adapt the shape, brightness, and direction of the light depending on the driving conditions. There are different types of ADB headlights. Some work by shuttering parts of the headlight similar to using an umbrella to block sunlight. Others employ a matrix of many LEDs that turn on and off when needed.

Currently drivers only have a choice between high-beams, which can blind other drivers if left on errantly, or low-beams, which may not be enough to handle inclement weather and fog. The most advanced system available in the U.S. is automatic high-beams, and they are not always reliable. In contrast, adaptive headlights are able to read the road and provide light where it is needed most. ADB headlights also keep extra glare from shining into the eyes of drivers in the opposite lane.

Another feature of ADB technology is the ability of the light to move in the same direction that the car is traveling. If the car turns or rounds a curve, the headlights direct the light around the curve, whereas with a traditional headlight, the light would stay pointed straight ahead, illuminating the side of the road.

The technology incorporated into German carmaker Audi’s headlights creates a carpet of light on the highway that shows the way ahead and widens as the car changes lanes and then narrows when the car has completed the lane change. This can help drivers stay in their lane and anticipate bends in the road.

Another smart headlight system developed by the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University can track the motion of raindrops and snowflakes and then direct the light beams between them using a computer algorithm to predict their position over just a few milliseconds. This both improves visibility for the driver and prevents the glare created by the reflection of headlight beams by precipitation.

How Can Smart Headlights Help Prevent Accidents?

According to a study done by the American Automobile Association (AAA), smart headlights are safer for nighttime driving because they illuminate more of the road without blinding other drivers as driving with high-beams on would. The study found that ADB headlights are as much as 86 percent better at providing consistent illumination in the presence of oncoming traffic.

Nighttime driving is riskier than driving during the day. Research by the National Safety Council (NSC) shows that the rate of nighttime crashes is three times that of crashes that occur during daylight hours. In dim light, it is also hardest to avoid collisions with animals, pedestrians, bicyclists, and roadside objects. The AAA study predicted that ADB headlights could reduce crashes with wildlife by 18,000, at a savings of $500 million annually. Pedestrian accidents could be reduced by six percent. Consumer Reports says that the additional illumination of 250 feet provided by ADB headlights could be the difference between being able to react in time and hitting an obstacle.

Who Is Already Using Smart Headlight Technology?

First introduced by three major automakers in Germany, smart headlight technology has been available in Europe and Asia for over a decade and is also already in use in Canada. General Motors produces cars for China that are equipped with ADB technology capable of producing 34 different beam patterns.

Implementation of smart headlight technology in the United States was delayed for many years simply because of an antiquated rule from 1967 that stated all cars must have two kinds of headlight beams: high and low. Since ADB technology does not meet this specification, it has been banned until now.

Many foreign cars have ADB headlights, but they are deactivated when imported into the United States. After the new law goes into effect, the smart headlights can be easily reactivated through a software update. The change has been supported by many safety advocates and automakers, like Audi, Honda, Toyota, and Volkswagen.

When Americans finally do get the chance to buy a car with smart headlights, there will be a significant cost. Currently, ADB compatible headlights can cost between $3,400 and $6,600 more than regular headlights.

Improving Safety Is an Ongoing Effort

The provision in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act regarding smart headlights says that ADB headlights must be approved for use in the United States within two years. Experts say this is a chance for America to catch up with safety standards in the rest of the world. However, safety advocates such as Consumer Reports are hoping the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will require manufacturers to follow up with data on the new technology’s performance here and consumer experiences. Such data is extremely valuable in strengthening and fine-tuning safety standards to increase protection for everyone using the road, including pedestrians and cyclists.

Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Advocate for Those Injured in Nighttime Collisions

Smart headlights are expected to increase safety and reduce nighttime accidents. At night, you should always be extra cautious while driving. If you have been involved in a nighttime accident, our Wilmington car accident lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow can help you explore your legal options. 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, Lewes, Rehoboth, Elsmere, and Seaford.

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Delaware Is One of the Most Dangerous States to Be a Pedestrian

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.

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Holiday Parking Lot Safety

Delaware Personal Injury Lawyers weigh in on holiday parking lot accidents. Storeowners in malls and shopping establishments throughout the country eagerly await the onslaught of shoppers that converge each holiday season. Shoppers buy thoughtful gifts and hunt for seasonal deals, but they do not always fully consider the safety of this activity. While stores are generally considered safe, shoppers can sometimes forget that danger may be lurking in the parking lot, just outside the doors.

Shoppers are often warned to stay alert for danger in parking lots as they return to their cars with their newly purchased merchandise. The lure of expensive gifts can make you a target for thieves. With hands full of bags, fingers fumbling for keys, and eyes distracted from your surroundings, you could become the victim of a sinister attack. The advice to be alert and cautious is certainly warranted, however, thieves and attackers are not the only dangers to avoid in parking lots and garages.

Parking Lot Hazards

Busy holiday-season parking lots, with their tight parking spaces, congested aisles, and abundance of pedestrians, can present a host of possible headaches. The following are some tips to avoid potential parking lot pitfalls:

Obey traffic rules: Just because you are not driving on the street does not mean you should flout traffic rules. Use your turn signal when turning and use your headlights to remain visible after dark. Also, do not drive across the lot, cutting through open parking spaces; use the aisles as intended so other drivers and pedestrians can predict traffic patterns.

Pick a good spot: Instead of aiming for the parking spot closest to the building, consider factors besides the shortest walk. A spot farther back might help you prevent shopping cart dings or give you more space to get in and out of the car, but no matter the proximity to the door, your chosen parking spot should be safe. The main objective of a parking spot search should be to ensure that when you return, you can easily find your car in a well-lit spot.

Back into your spot: If you back into your parking spot, you will have an easier time leaving when it is dark and the lot is more densely packed with people and cars.

Pedestrian dangers: While walking to and from your car, watch for other cars backing out of spots. Just as you should stick to the appropriate car path while driving, you should make sure to use crosswalks as a pedestrian, making your intentions predictable for those around you.

Slip and falls: Be conscious of your footing while walking on un-leveled ground or slick walkways. Walk in lighted areas and stay alert for objects in your path.

Delaware Personal Injury Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Help Those Injured in Parking Lots

If you were injured in a car accident or other incident in a parking lot, you should contact a Delaware personal injury lawyer at Rhoades & Morrow. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 302-427-9500. Located in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, we serve clients throughout the state, including the areas of Elsmere and Seaford.

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Halloween Safety for Children

Delaware personal injury lawyers advocate for those injured on Halloween and offer tips for keeping children safe.For most families, trick or treating means costume hunting, high anticipation of the neighborhood walkaround, and a load of candy to devour at the end of the night. Yet, like all holidays, Halloween offers unique concerns that cause parents to worry. On the bright side, Halloween safety issues can be mitigated often by a little forethought. A bit of preparation can pay off by ensuring that the only thing spooky about the night is the faux stuffed ghoul sitting on the porch swing, instead of potential accidents.

Dress for the Part

When children imagine their perfect Halloween outfits, they might not consider how risky some accessories can be. Plastic swords and daggers, as well as masks that obstruct vision, can lead to bumps, falls, and other physical injuries. Every costume should be evaluated for its safety value. It should also be warm enough if trick or treating will be in cold temperatures, as well as protective against rain and wind.

Visit Well-Known Neighborhoods and Communities

Halloween is not the night to get too adventurous and head into an unknown neighborhood. Children and parents should stick to areas they know well. Ideally, the streets will be well-lit and lots of homes will participate in handing out candy and goodies. The more involved homeowners are, the more likely they can make sure children who visit them are safe and have fun.

Wear Something Bright and Reflective

Trick or treating takes place during the evening hours. Everyone should try to wear reflective gear in the form of footwear, a hat, or a vest. This allows passing motorists to see trick-or-treaters in time to put on the brakes. Children may dart across streets out of excitement. Being outfitted in reflective items gives them an added measure of security and protection.

Assign an Adult to Escort the Kids

At least one responsible adult should supervise a group of children. That way, if something does go wrong, the adult can take the lead immediately. Even young teens should have a parent tag along, just in case.

Toss Out Treats in Open Containers

It can be tough for a child to make good decisions about candy, so parents need to take the lead and examine all treats before allowing their children to eat them. Any goodies with opened wrappers must be discarded. This lowers the risk of youngsters taking in tampered food items or food that has gone bad.

Steer Clear of Pumpkins with Real Candles

Flames can destroy more than the inside of a pumpkin; they can also cause fires to costumes, trick-or-treat bags, and personal property. If children are visiting a house with a carved pumpkin that has a real candle, parents need to make sure they stay away from the decoration. Otherwise, they could get in harm’s way.

Delaware Personal Injury Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Advocate for Those Injured on Halloween

Every parent wants Halloween to be filled with fun. However, if your trick or treating goes awry and someone gets hurt, you may want to talk with a Delaware personal injury lawyer at Rhoades & Morrow right away. Call us at 302-427-9500 or contact us online for a free consultation. With offices in Wilmington, Milford, and Bear, Delaware, we represent clients throughout the state, including the areas of Seaford and Elsmere.

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Back to School Safety

Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers advocate for back to school safety. Another school year is upon us as parents check off their child’s school supply list, rush out for back to school clothing sales, and say farewell to the long days of summer. We often forget that the most important part of preparing for back to school season is safety. School days, especially in the beginning of the year, bring a lot of congestion to the road with school buses, children on bicycles, and parents dropping off their children at school. The Wilmington car accident lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow wish everyone a smooth transition back to school. The following safety tips can help protect children from potential bus or pedestrian accidents.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 18 school-age children are fatally injured in school transportation-related crashes each year. On average, six of those are directly related to bus accidents. The other 12 are pedestrian accidents caused by school transportation vehicles or other vehicles involved in school bus-related crashes.

Tips for Drivers

Whenever you are behind the wheel, be mindful that the road is being shared with young pedestrians. Consider the following safety tips:

  • Always stop and yield to pedestrians in a school zone.
  • Never pass a vehicle that has stopped for pedestrians.
  • If you see a school patrol officer holding up a stop sign, stop and then proceed with caution.
  • Never block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light. This is distracting to pedestrians and can put them in the path of a moving car.
  • Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading children.

Safety for Unaccompanied Children

If your child is traveling to school on their own, walk them through the process before the first day back and remind them of the following safety tips:

  • If your child is riding the bus to school, explain to them the importance of waiting until the bus has come to a complete stop before approaching or exiting.
  • If your child is walking to school, show them the best routes where a crossing guard is present and caution them to only cross the street at an intersection.
  • If your child is riding a bike to school, make sure they know to ride in the same direction as traffic and to always wear a helmet.
  • Be sure your child knows the best phone number to use in case of emergency.

Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Fight for Maximum Compensation for Injury Victims

Please contact our Wilmington car accident lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow in the event you or your child has been injured on the way to school. The safety and well-being of your child is our main priority and we will not stop working until the responsible parties are held accountable. For a free consultation, call us at 302-427-9500 or contact us online. From our offices in Wilmingon, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, we represent clients throughout the state of Delaware.

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Self-Driving Cars Being Built for Profit, Not Safety

Delaware car accident lawyer, Stephen T. Morrow, discusses the safety of self-driving carsA Message From the President of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, Stephen T. Morrow, Esq

Recently, both locally and throughout the nation, there has been much discussion about self-driving cars (also known as autonomous vehicles). On March 11, 2018, The News Journal published an article titled “Delaware works to be on cutting edge of self-driving cars; shuttles at UD are next” and more recently, on April 11, 2018, it published an article titled “AAA survey: Delaware drivers still concerned about the safety of self-driving vehicles.” Proponents of this technology emphasize that self-driving cars are safer than human-driven cars because, by taking human error out of the driving equation, fewer accidents and deaths will occur on our roads.

Unfortunately, on March 18, 2018, Elaine Herzberg, was walking her bicycle across a street outside of a crosswalk on a four-lane road in Tempe, Arizona when she was struck by an Uber-operated Volvo XC90 SUV engaged in automated driving. Video of the crash, released by the Tempe Police Department, shows Ms. Herzberg in the middle of the street when she was struck, not jumping from the bushes as some initially claimed. At the time Ms. Herzberg was struck, there was a safety driver in the vehicle, but initial reports suggest that neither the vehicle nor the safety driver braked before striking and killing her.

This unfortunate and unnecessary death only highlights what we all must remember: automated driving is a for-profit service, not a safety technology. Companies are racing to put a product onto our roads to provide mobility services for the lowest possible cost. Citizens should not be deceived into believing that this self-driving vehicle technology will operate flawlessly, as this crash proves otherwise.

Lawmakers should remain skeptical that this self-driving technology will deliver the safety and efficiency benefits that are being promised by Uber, Waymo (Google’s self-driving car project) and other companies developing self-driving vehicles. While it is still true that this technology could provide significant safety benefits in the long term, such gains may never be achieved if a lax regulatory environment and tools like forced arbitration permit the most dangerous technologies to succeed.

In the race to make autonomous vehicles a reality, victims, like Ms. Herzberg, should not be forgotten. The Delaware Trial Lawyers Association will continue to work with interested parties to ensure that the citizens of Delaware have a voice when discussing the impact of this self-driving technology.

Wilmington Personal Injury Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Advocate for Those Injured in Car Accidents

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by negligence, the Wilmington car 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.

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Fatal Uber Pedestrian Accident

Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers discuss a fatal Uber pedestrian accident. A fatal Uber crash has raised questions regarding liability in the unsettled area of law regarding self-driving vehicles. Although there have been several other accidents involving Tesla cars in autopilot mode, this may be the first fatal pedestrian accident involving self-driving vehicle. Some experts are pointing to an inadequate light detection and ranging (LIDAR) system that failed to detect the woman.

Fatal Pedestrian Accident Likely Attributable to Self-Driving Software Failure

A 49-year old woman was struck and killed by an Uber self-driving SUV in Tempe, Arizona as she tried to cross the street with her bicycle at night. The Tempe Police Department released the dashboard video from the crash which shows footage of both the outside and inside of the vehicle. The street was dark, and it appears that the woman became visible only after it was too late for the emergency driver to stop the vehicle. Footage from inside the SUV shows the driver looking down before the crash and then becoming startled when she notices the pedestrian.

Reports indicate that the self-driving system did not “see” the pedestrian either, as it too failed to brake and avoid the collision. An engineering professor at the University of Michigan who works on Ford Motor Co. autonomous vehicles believes the algorithm may have failed to distinguish the woman from vehicles or objects on the road. Because autonomous vehicles rely on radar (which functions optimally in dark conditions), the darkness was unlikely to have played a role in the crash. Rather, the accident is more likely attributable to classification software that did not recognize it was a pedestrian in the road or an inadequate number of LIDAR sensors that caused there to be a blind spot.

Who Is at Fault?

Self-driving technology is a fairly new development in the automotive industry. As such, the law pertaining to it is sparse and unclear, making it difficult to predict who will be held responsible. Municipal, state and national governments may now be faced with establishing clearer laws and policies regarding self-driving cars and liability.

Other countries are taking steps to establish such laws and policies. The government in Germany rolled out ethics guidelines for autonomous cars and the U.K. is conducting a three-year review of self-driving technology before allowing it on the roads. Part of the U.K. study involves an examination of cyber security and the potential for technological terrorism. According to a recent survey of 1,000 licensed drivers, 45 percent of U.S. drivers view protection against unauthorized access as a main concern regarding self-driving technology, second only to having a permanent option for drivers to assume control of the vehicle.

For now, Uber has halted testing of its self-driving vehicles and other car companies such as Toyota have followed suit. The city of Boston has also requested that self-driving technology companies, nuTonomy and Optimus Ride, temporarily stop testing in the city. It is likely that lawsuits will be filed in the Uber pedestrian accident case, but it remains to be seen who would ultimately be held liable.

Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Represent Pedestrians Injured in Car Accidents

If you were injured in a car accident, contact an experienced Wilmington car accident lawyer at Rhoades & Morrow. We represent clients throughout Delaware from our offices in Wilmington, Bear and Milford. Call us at 302-427-9500 or contact us online for a free consultation.


Fatal Pedestrian Accident Occurs in New Castle on Pulaski Highway

Fatal Pedestrian Accident Occurs in New Castle on Pulaski HighwayA fatal pedestrian accident occurred in New Castle, Delaware on Thursday morning. While attempting to cross Pulaski Highway near Wilton Boulevard, the pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle around 5:35 am. The victim succumbed to fatal injuries at the scene of the fatal pedestrian accident.

In Delaware, fatal pedestrian accidents have been increasing with alarming frequency. Due to population growth in formerly rural areas, congestion on local roads and state highways appears more often and may lead to traffic accidents that result in a variety of personal injuries as well as potential fatalities for victims. Unfortunately, motorists may be unaware of the presence of pedestrians or may fail to use caution when driving in their vicinity.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, contact our New Castle personal injury lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow. Call 302-407-0827 or contact us online to see how we can assist 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.

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Updates to Old Orchard Road

Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers dicsuss the risk of accidents at dangerous intersections.Intersections are points of conflict in any urban design plan. Because people in cars, on foot and on bikes are all coming together and going in different directions at intersections, wrecks are more likely to occur. Some intersections are more dangerous than others. There are specific engineering-based strategies for improving the safety of these conflict points. Some of these strategies include geometric design and the application of traffic control devices (cones, lights, etc.) According to many local businesses in the area, the intersection located at Savanna and Wescoats Roads is unreasonably dangerous. The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has proposed to make changes that it hopes will improve safety.

DelDOT plans to realign Old Orchard Road, so that it meets the existing intersection at Savannah and Wescoats. This, DelDOT hopes, will prevent the problem caused by having multiple intersections on the Savannah Road corridor. In addition, to improve safety, DelDOT plans to add sidewalks, turning lanes, and bike lanes.

The project is in a preliminary stage. DelDOT recently held a public workshop to discuss the proposed changes, and will go back and reevaluate the design after taking public comment into consideration. Formal public comment has also been taken, and it will make a decision after considering all input.

At the intersection of Savannah and Old Orchard Road alone, there were 24 accidents in the ten years between 2007 and 2017. There were an additional 37 accidents at Savannah and Wescoats during that time, according to DelDOT.

Local businesses have reported hearing excessive honking and people slamming on their brakes. Employees local to the area have reported having trouble getting in and out of work, often having to drive around the intersection because it is too busy and dangerous.

The project is slated to cost approximately $4 million, funded by the state treasury. Many are optimistic that it will save costs long term, by making the area safer and reducing the number of accidents.

Intersections Mark High-Accident Areas

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, intersection safety is a national, state, and local priority. Every year, there are 2.5 million intersection accidents nationwide, most of which involve cars turning left.

To stay safe while driving through intersections, make sure to keep vigilant. Never look at your cell phone or attempt to text and drive. If you see a pedestrian, yield to them, even if they are not in a crosswalk. When you are making a left turn on a green light, look twice—a pedestrian might be there, and you are not expecting to see them because you are focused on looking for other cars. Never try to race through a yellow light unless you are fully confident that it is safer to go through it than it would be to stop. Look for people who might run a red light—just because you have a green light does not necessarily mean that you are safe going through the intersection.

Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Help Victims of Car Accidents Achieve Justice

If you have been injured by a distracted, intoxicated, or negligent driver, you deserve answers. The experienced Wilmington car accident lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow fight tirelessly to hold negligent drivers responsible for their actions. To discuss your case, call us today at 302-427-9500 or contact us online. With offices located in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, we represent injured victims and their families throughout the region.

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