Fatal Hit-and Run Accidents Reach New Record
When a hit-and-run collision happens, victims experience a greater risk of serious injury because there may be a delay in medical care being provided since the driver who caused the collision left the scene instead of getting help. Victims and their families may also be unable to pursue a claim to hold the hit-and-run driver accountable for causing a collision unless that driver can be found.
A Miami accident attorney can provide assistance to victims in understanding their options for making a claim for compensation, both if the driver of the hit-and-run is identified and in circumstances where the driver cannot be found and a motorist makes a claim through uninsured motorist coverage.
Unfortunately, many more motorists will need to deal with the problem of hit-and-run accidents as recent reports from AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety have found that a record number of hit-and-run accidents are occurring on U.S. roads.
Record Numbers of Fatal Hit-and-Run Accidents are Occurring
According to the recent report from AAA Traffic Foundation regarding hit-and-run collisions in the United States, the number of fatalities caused by hit-and-run drivers reached a record of 2,049 deaths in 2016. An accident is classified as a hit-and-run when a motorist involved in the crash fails to report the accident and remain at the collision scene.
There are also many more hit-and-run accidents that do not result in death, but that could still have serious consequences including potentially causing permanent injury to victims who are involved. AAA found that an average of 628,000 hit-and-run accidents have occurred each year in the United States since 2006. With so many drivers leaving accident scenes after becoming involved in crashes, there’s now more than one hit-and-run every single minute of the year on U.S. roads.
Pedestrians and bicycle riders face the greatest risk of harm from involvement in a hit-and-run accident, likely because it is easier for drivers to leave a crash scene after hitting a biker or walker since it is less likely that this type of accident would cause serious damage to the car, as compared with in circumstances where multiple cars collide. As many as 65 percent of the victims who lose their lives in hit-and-run accidents are pedestrians or are bicycle riders.
Hit-and-run accident risks are rising for everyone though, as the number of fatalities caused by this type of collision has increased by an average of 7.2 percent every single year since 2009. Florida is actually one of the most high-risk states, so motorists there face an even greater chance of being hurt or killed in a hit-and-run. Florida, along with New Mexico and Louisiana, have been found to have the highest per-capita rate of fatal collisions where drivers leave the scene.
If you or someone you love is a victim of a hit-and-run, it is important to contact a Miami accident attorney for help as soon as possible. An attorney can provide personalized advice on your options for pursuing a claim for compensation if the driver can be found or if you have coverage through your own insurer. Call today to learn more.