Stop! Frequent Hit and Run Accidents in California. Who Are the Victims and Where Those Incidents Happen?
According to the study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, during 2015, there was an increase in the number of hit-and-run accidents, as well as related fatalities, since approximately 737,100 collisions of this type were registered nationwide. This could be translated into a crash every 43 seconds which is 2,010 collisions per day.
According to the data of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the highest number of fatalities from hit-and-run accidents was reached in 2016 when 2,049 deaths were recorded. This has been alarming since these figures suggest unsafe surroundings for drivers and passengers and most especially, to pedestrians.
Victims of Hit-and-Run Accidents
The AAA report states that, from 30 years ago, the majority of the victims of hit-and-run accidents are pedestrians. They concluded that during that period, 1 of out 5 pedestrian deaths are related to this type of incident.
Moving forward, in 2016, there were recorded 2,049 fatalities by this motive which is 230 more than the previous year. This figure represented almost 60% of the deaths in a hit-and-run accident in that period.
The age of the pedestrian is an important factor in these types of incidents since it has been revealed that children under 6 years of age and adults over 80 are the most frequent victims of hit-and-run incidents.
Another group that is frequently involved in these type of incidents are cyclists. This is mainly because collisions with a car produce major damage to the cyclist’s end. Cyclists don’t have enough protection other than a helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads. Hence, almost the entirety of their body is more susceptible to damage and injuries once involved in an accident with any other vehicle at higher types.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Analysis reported that 169 cyclists died in 2016 due to hit-and-run accidents, which is 40% more than the previous year.
However, a significant drop in the number of deaths was recorded during 2018, according to the NHTSA. There were only 857 deaths in America during these times. Although the numbers have somehow dropped, accidents of this type are still alarming as victims were left on the collision scene by the other party. This alone is inhumane and cruel.
Hit-and-Run Accident Conditions
After analyzing the reports, AAA concluded that hit-and-run accidents are 4.4 more probable to happen between midnight and 4:00 a.m. Speculations surfaced and state that this increase is due to less visibility and higher chances to escape freely from the scene.
Moreover, the Foundation affirms that nocturnal drivers tend to adopt risky behaviors, such as driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs or driving without a license, which triggers them to leave the accident scene.
In California, hit-and-run accidents are more frequent in interstate and county highways, especially in curves, ramps, and overpasses because there are more pedestrians and lower speed limits.
Notably, during 2016, California ranked first in the number of hit-and-run accidents with at least one death nationwide, registering 337 incidents, followed by Texas with 233 and Florida with 206.
According to California Vehicle Code §20002, a hit-and-run could earn you a sentence of up to six months in county jail, as well as a fine of up to $1,000, or both. Penalties can also include 3 years probation, restitution for property damage, and 2 points on the state driving record.
If you or a loved one were injured or in the worst case, died, because of a hit-and-run accident, contact us. At Farahi Law Firm, we have specialized lawyers who can help you get the justice you deserve. Don’t let the culprit get away with it! We will defend your rights. Call us for a free evaluation of your case. (844-244-2955)