How often do hit-and-run crashes occur in the United States? What steps should drivers and pedestrians take when they are the victim of a hit-and-run driver? The scary fact is that hit-and-run accidents are common, and their frequency is increasing. When an individual is injured in these crashes, immediate action is essential. This includes filing police reports, contacting insurance representatives, and securing legal counsel.
Hit-and-Run Crashes in the United States
From 2006 to 2016, there were approximately 682,000 hit-and-run accidents per year. And the number is rising. In 2015, there were 737,100 hit-and-run crashes. Nationwide, there is one hit-and-run accident every 43 seconds, and in 2016, these accidents claimed 2,049 lives, the highest ever recorded in a single year.
Of those who died in these accidents, 65% were pedestrians or riding a bicycle. Most alarming is the fact that there is a huge difference between the actions of drivers when the crash involves other motorists or a bicyclist. When another motorist is killed, only 5.5% of drivers flee. However, when a pedestrian is killed, approximately 20.5% flee.
Roughly one in every eight motor vehicle accidents involves a hit-and-run. In 2015, these accidents caused 138,500 personal injuries. This was slightly less than the ten year average of 146,380 per year recorded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA.)
Where and When Do Hit-and-Run Accidents Occur?
Hit-and-run crashes can occur anywhere, at any time. They occur in crowded parking lots and empty parking garages. They occur on city streets, rural roads, and routes through the subdivision. However, one thing the data shows is that they usually occur when no witnesses are present. Often, the only witness to the crash is the injured driver, pedestrian, or bicyclist.
What to Do Following a Hit-and-Run Crash?
The first thing to do is to contact 911 and report the incident. Individuals should provide as much information as possible to law enforcement who may be able to apprehend the driver. It is also crucial to collect contact information and statements from witnesses. Motorists should contact their motor vehicle insurance company and health insurance provider to determine their coverage and treatment options. Further, individuals should speak with a personal injury attorney in their state to determine what legal options are available to them for recovering compensation for pain and suffering, personal injuries, wrongful deaths, property damage, etc.
Contact Brad Pistotnik Law at 1-800-241-BRAD or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400. We help individuals who are involved in a hit-and-run crash recover compensation for their injuries, and we help their survivors pursue wrongful death claims against the responsible party. Our firm represents clients injured by workplace hazards in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, or Texas. Day or night, holidays or weekends, we are available to give you the answers you need. You can call Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can reach Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237.