Knowing the common causes of auto accidents can help you avoid unsafe practices and situations. According to March 2020 report in the Delaware News Journal, traffic fatalities in the state increased from 2018 to 2019 and are on track to increase again in 2020. 

Review the contributing factors to reduce your risk of injury in a motor vehicle collision. 

Pedestrian accidents

In 2019, Delaware ranked as one of the states with the most fatal pedestrian accidents, and the state experienced 18 motor vehicle fatalities in the first quarter of 2020. About 45% of those individuals were traveling on foot at the time of the accident. If you are a frequent pedestrian, follow traffic laws and stay visible to motorists. Avoid walking at night if possible. 

Distracted driving

In addition to incidents involving pedestrians, a spokesperson from the state Department of Transportation mentioned cellphone use as one of the most common causes of accidents. Delaware law prohibits the use of handheld electronic devices behind the wheel, with a fine of $100 for the first offense, $200 for a second offense and $300 for a third offense. Stow your smartphone in the glove compartment before you take to the road. 

Aggressive driving

The DOT also cites aggressive driving as a common cause of accidents. This category includes actions like speeding, passing a school bus, following another car too closely, ignoring a stop sign or red light, passing on the shoulder of the road, and performing an unsafe lane change. 

Focus on defensive driving strategies to prevent serious auto accidents.