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A report published during the final week of April by the American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that the rates of hit-and-run crashes are increasing at a steady pace nationwide. In fact, based on data recorded between 2009 and 2016, it would appear that the number of these crashes that are occurring is going up by at least seven percent each year. They are currently at all all time high.

Data suggests that at least 65 percent of all victims who are killed in hit-and-run crashes are either pedestrians or bicyclists. This realization has led to many traffic safety experts advocating for a refocusing on the redesign of streets, especially in more urban areas where risk for these types of accidents seems to be the highest.

Many traffic safety experts contend that the nationwide increase in traffic-related deaths likely stems from the country’s economic growth. They note that more bicyclists and pedestrians are taking to the road to get to and fro.

At the same time, more motorists are driving themselves around. Often times, they become so bored having to sit in traffic that they engage with their smartphones. When they do, they become overly consumed by them and lose track of their driving.

It’s because of many of these concerns that AAA contends that some 682,000 individuals are involved in hit-and-runs every year. The most recent data released by the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows than some 5,376 pedestrians were struck in any type of crashes in 2015. Another 818 bicyclists were killed when struck by cars. As for this latter statistic, it marks a 12 percent increase over the 2014 number.

If you’ve been struck and seriously injured by a distracted motorist, then a Los Angeles bicycle accidents attorney can advise you of your rights to file a personal injury lawsuit in your case.

Source: The Washington Post, “Cyclists say chilling report on hit-and-run crashes points up need to redesign streets for safety,” Frederick Kunkle, April 28, 2018