6 Important Facts about Hit-and-Runs (Pt. 2)

6 Important Facts about Hit-and-Runs (Pt. 2)

Proceeding from 6 Important Facts about Hit-and-Runs (Pt. 1), here, we will resume our discussion about these types of traffic accidents.

Hit-and-Runs: More Crucial Info

3 – About 1 in every 5 fatal pedestrian accidents involves a hit-and-run collision.

Tragically, hit-and-runs often involve pedestrian victims. Here are a few more crucial facts about hit-and-runs. Contact us for help if you’ve been the victim of a hit-and-run.

Tragically, hit-and-runs often involve pedestrian victims. Here are a few more crucial facts about hit-and-runs. Contact us for help if you’ve been the victim of a hit-and-run.

Tragically, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that:

  • When pedestrians are killed as a result of being hit by vehicles, the motorists responsible for these collisions leave the scene of the accident about 20 percent of the time.
  • About 60 percent of hit-and-runs involve vehicles hitting pedestrians.

While these statistics may be shocking, they make a little more sense when considering the fact that driver negligence often contributes to the collisions that end up as hit-and-runs. In other words, when motorists are not paying attention, are drunk, are violating traffic laws and/or are otherwise negligent, they:

  • Are less likely to look for and/or see nearby pedestrians
  • Tend to have slower reactions times, increasing the chances of hitting pedestrians.

4 – Drivers who commit hit-and-runs tend to believe they have more to lose by staying at the scene of an accident.

As some research has found, motorists who flee the scenes of accidents usually end up doing so because they are scared/panicked and they tend to believe that, if they stay, they will face more problems than if they flee the scene. While this, of course, is NO excuse for committing hit-and-runs, it does seem to back up the above fact about hit-and-runs, namely that motorists’ negligence often contributes to these types of motor vehicle accidents.

Similarly, it also seems to indicate that:

  • Some drivers may simply believe that they can get away with fleeing the scene.
  • Criminal negligence may be a factor in a substantial number of collisions that end up being hit-and-runs.

The irony of this behavior is, however, that fleeing the scene of an accident will automatically put motorists in the hot seat, as this is a form of criminal negligence that can be punishable in both criminal and civil courts.

Don’t miss the conclusion to this blog series for some more important facts about hit-and-runs.

Phoenix Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Office of Richard Langerman

Have you been injured in a hit-and-run collision? Or in any traffic accident that may have involved negligence or recklessness? If so, the Phoenix car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Richard Langerman will fight to help you defend your rights to compensation and justice.

For more than 25 years, our attorneys have been representing clients and aggressively defending their rights both inside and outside of the courtroom against defense attorneys, corporate lawyers and insurance company agents alike. In addition to having extensive experience handling motor vehicle accident lawsuits, our attorneys are also skilled at overseeing product liability cases, insurance bad faith cases and various other types of personal injury cases.

Learn More during a Free Consult

Call us today at (602) 240-5525 to learn more about your rights and receive professional advice regarding your case by setting up a free, no obligations initial consult with our trusted attorneys.

From our offices in Phoenix, we provide superior legal services and representation to clients throughout the state of Arizona.

No Comments

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.