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Hit-and-run accidents on the rise

During the most recent years of reporting of accidents by the National Traffic Safety Administration, the number of fatal hit-and-run accidents has been trending upwards. There were 1,274 reported in 2009, 1,393 the following year, and 1,449 across the United States in 2011. During one recent year nearly half of all collisions in Los Angeles involved drivers that fled the scene of the crash.

What is disturbing concerning these statistics is the fact that accidents overall had been on the decrease during the three years reported. While hit-and-run accidents went up by 13.7 percent, overall traffic deaths decreased between 2009 and 2011 by 4.5 percent.

Approximately 20 percent of all pedestrian fatalities are the result of hit-and-run accidents. It is also believed that 60 percent of all pedestrian fatalities are the result of hit-and-run accidents. It is possible that alcohol plays a major role in these types of accidents. One university employee who has studied hit-and-run crashes theorized that drivers were more likely to run if they have a high blood-alcohol content or are driving without a license altogether.

Hit-and-run accidents will obviously affect motorcycle riders as well. Because the fear of not receiving compensation in such accidents is completely understandable, victims of these accidents may wish to speak to experienced personal injury attorneys who can help them recover reimbursement for a number of expenses.

There have been around 20,000 reported hit-and-run accidents in Los Angeles each year. It has been estimated that as many as 4,000 of these accidents each year resulted in injuries. The LA Weekly reported that in 2009 hit-and-run accidents amounted to 48 percent of all motor vehicle accidents. Nationwide the average is 11 percent.

Source: USA Today, "Fatal hit-and-run crashes on rise in U.S.," Larry Copeland, Nov. 10, 2013

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