Increase in Hit and Run Accidents Across US

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Across the country, there has been a spike in the number of hit and run accidents recorded.

Across the country, there has been a spike in the number of hit and run accidents recorded. What is even more worrisome is that fatal hit-and-run numbers are also increasing across the country.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates an upward trend in the number of fatal hit-and-run accidents being reported from around the country. Back in 2009, 1,274 fatal hit-and-run accidents were reported from around the US. That number had increased to 1,449 accidents in 2011.  That amounts to a 13.7% increase in the number of fatal hit-and-run fatalities during that period of time. What really stands out in that statistic is that that increase was recorded during a time when the number of traffic accident fatalities overall dropped by 4.5%.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that this is a widely underestimated safety problem. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed hit-and-run accident data, and found that approximately one in five of all pedestrian accident deaths in this country involved a hit-and-run accident. That could be part of the reason why pedestrian accident fatality cases are resolved so infrequently. Besides, the analysis also found that 60% of all hit-and-run accident fatalities are pedestrian victims.

In cases of pedestrian accidents, motorists are much more likely to drive off the scene of an accident if they have a reason to feel guilty. For instance, if a person is driving under the influence of alcohol, he’s much more likely to drive off from the scene of an accident after hitting a pedestrian. He is also much more likely to drive away from the scene if he is driving under a suspended license. Young motorists, who do not yet have a full license, are also more likely to drive off from the scene of an accident.

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