Are hit-and-run crashes happening more often? What penalties can motorists face for failure to report an accident to law enforcement? The increased number of hit-and-run accidents doesn't have a single cause, but it is cause for concern. There are many contributors to this trend. These include lack of insurance, fear of consequences, fear of arrest on outstanding warrants, driving while impaired, etc. These causes haven't changed, and likely never will. What has changed is that motorists feel they can "get away with" the crime without getting caught. However, that doesn't change the fact that when a motorist is involved in an accident with another motor vehicle or pedestrian, the law requires them to stop and report the accident to law enforcement.
In 2015, there were 737,100 hit-and-run crashes in the United States. These accounted for 11.7% of all accidents and caused 138,500 injuries along with 1,819 fatalities. This was a sharp increase from the 703,900 hit-and-run accidents, and 1,578 fatalities recorded in 2014, but a slight decrease from the 140,900 injuries recorded that year.
Fatalities caused during hit-and-run accidents have reached record highs. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there were 2,049 fatalities caused by hit-and-run drivers in 2016. This is an increase of more than 60% since 2009. Of those who have died, 65% were either pedestrians or cyclists. In all, nearly 20% of all pedestrians who have died over the past decade were killed by a driver who fled the scene of the accident. On average, the number of fatalities recorded increased by 7.2% each year from 2009 through 2016.
Law enforcement takes hit-and-run accidents, and failure to report very seriously. The statutes in Kansas require motorists to contact law enforcement when they are involved in an injury or fatality causing accident, or when the incident causes more than $1000 in property damage. If a report is not filed, the individual's driver's license may be suspended, they may be charged with a misdemeanor, and they can face jail time of up to one month for the offense.
Brad Pistotnik Law is a Wichita law firm with car accident attorneys, car accident lawyers, truck accident lawyers, auto accident attorneys, lawyers, and abogados who represent clients in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Florida, Missouri, and Illinois following hit and run accidents. Our attorneys can provide the legal help you need to pursue your& personal injury, property damage, and wrongful death claims. Whether the hit and run accident occurred in Wichita, Liberal, Garden City, Alexander, Ness City, Rush Center, Albert, pawnee Rock, Larned, Radium, Belpre, Macksville, Trousdale, Offerle, Spearville, Olmitz, Otis, Holston, La Crosse, Tulsa, Topeka, Stillwater, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Columbia, Joplin, Overland Park, Dodge City, Lawrence, Wamego, Russell, Hays, Leavenworth, Alex, Coldwater, Protection, Sitka, Freedom, Avard, Waynoka, Buffalo, May, Tegarden, Sun City, Whiteman AFB, Ulysses, Cimarron, Lakin, Johnson City, or elsewhere in these states, our Wichita law firm represents individuals following an accident where the at fault driver's failure to report is a factor in the motor vehicle accident claim.
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