Fatal Hit-and-Runs Reach Record High
Hit-and-run deaths have hit a record high in the U.S., according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. More than one hit-and-run occurs every minute in the U.S., and in 2016, 2,049 people were killed in hit-and-run crashes. That is the highest number of hit-and-run deaths on record. It also represents a 60% increase since 2009.
Nearly 70% of victims of fatal hit-and-runs are pedestrians and bicyclists. Additionally, nearly 20% of all pedestrian deaths in the last decade have been related to hit-and-run crashes, compared with only 1% of driver fatalities.
AAA is reminding drivers of their legal and moral obligation to remain at the scene if they are involved in a crash. Leaving the scene of an accident can result in much more severe consequences, including fines, loss of license and even jail time.
Drivers who are involved in a crash should remain at the scene and do the following:
- Check on the other party involved in the crash and offer assistance.
- Call 911 as soon as possible.
- Make the accident scene visible to other drivers. Move the vehicles out of the path of traffic, if possible. Turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights, and utilize flares if available.
- Cooperate with the authorities during their investigation.
“This upward trend in fatal hit-and-runs is disturbing. There is no excuse for this behavior,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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