Fatal motor vehicle accidents can result from various factors. Speeding, reckless driving, and device-driven distractions play a role in countless deaths in Delaware and throughout the nation.
If the first half of the year is any indication, Delaware could be on its way to a record-breaking 2023 when it comes to traffic-related deaths. Specific data comes from January 1st to May 10th, in both 2022 and this year.
Total fatalities are at 56 in 2023, already passing last year’s 52. Those that involved alcohol or drugs are significantly lower with three. The previous year was 14. While encouraging, the count is unofficial and could rise following the completion of fatal crash investigations.
Deaths to vehicle occupants are currently at 40, three more than the 37 from last year. Seat belt use was the same for both years at 18. Drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts in fatal crashes grew from 18 to 22 from 2022 to 2023.
Fatal accidents not involving motor vehicles remained steady. Motorcyclists remain at four for both years. Pedestrian deaths are also on the same pace, with ten each year. Bicycle-related fatalities grew from one to two.
Fatal crashes by county also saw increases so far in 2023. New Castle is at 28, a 54 percent increase. Kent accounts for nine, up 17 percent, and Sussex saw 15 fatalities, an increase of 29 percent.
The next six months will tell the story of deaths on Delaware roads. The loss of a loved one in an accident is devastating, with families seeking justice for their loss.