Hit-and-Runs Make Up 11% of Reported Crashes Annually

Two men were detained in connection with a Palm Desert hit-and-run Friday. Police responded to a crash near Fred Waring Drive and Tennessee Avenue around 1:35 p.m. When officers arrived they found one driver who had suffered minor injuries. The man was treated at the scene and released.

The driver of the other vehicle and his passenger fled the scene before police arrived. They were located near Washington Street and Hovley Lane. Police detained both men for questioning. The hit-and-run remains under investigation.

Leaving the scene of a crash is a crime that can carry serious punishments, including jail time. Despite the potential consequences, hit and run crashes continue to rise. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, approximately 11% of all crashes reported to police involve a hit-and-run driver, and nearly 1,500 people die in hit-and-run crashes every year.

“We’re glad Riverside County police were able to catch the suspects. Drivers need to understand that leaving the scene of an accident is a crime that our police officers take seriously,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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