22 Mar 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, 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.
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