Hit-and-Run Fatalities are at an All-Time High, AAA Says

According to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there is an average of one hit-and-run crash every minute in the United States. These are crashes where a driver flees the scene of an accident, without waiting for the police to arrive on the scene. Much of the time, the victims of hit-and-run accidents are pedestrians or bicyclists, meaning that these accidents are especially likely to prove fatal.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident, contact the Louthian Law Firm. We offer a free consultation, so you can get feedback on your case before committing to sue anyone. Give us a call or send us an email today.

Recent Stats on Hit-and-Run Crashes

AAA has found that the number of hit-and-run crashes has increased by an average of 7.2 percent annually ever since 2009. In 2016 there were a total of 2,049 hit-and-run fatalities in the United States—the highest number ever. It was also a full 60 percent higher than the total in 2009—marking a significant spike in the last few years.

It’s also important to note that a significant majority (65 percent) of people killed in hit-and-run accidents are pedestrians or bicyclists. Unlike drivers in vehicles, these people do not have a metal box to protect them in the case of an accident, leading to more fatalities and more severe injuries when accidents occur.

Pedestrian fatalities are often hit-and-run accidents, with hit-and-runs making up a total of nearly 20 percent of pedestrian deaths in the last 10 years. During that same period, only one percent of driver fatalities were hit-and-run.

Tips for Avoiding Hitting Pedestrians or Bicyclists

Pedestrian behavior can often be unpredictable, and drivers are advised to remember that pedestrians can walk out into the road at any point—even along highways and interstates. Drivers are advised to be especially careful around areas where pedestrians are likely to be more common, such as school zones, playgrounds, bus stops, and intersections.

Drivers should also be sure to yield to pedestrians, even if the pedestrian walks out into the road from someplace other than a crosswalk. Always pay attention, and make sure to leave as much space as possible between yourself and any pedestrians who may come across your path.

In the event that you hit a pedestrian, stay on the scene of the accident. Drivers who flee the scene of an accident can be charged for failure to stop and render aid.

The Louthian Law Firm has represented injured South Carolinians in car accident lawsuits since 1959. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident, it’s important to make sure that you understand your legal rights. South Carolina law can be complex, and there is a deadline for filing a claim. The initial consultation is always free, so reach out to us today by calling us or by filling out our online contact form.