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Hit-and-run deaths hit record high
New AAA Foundation study finds hit-and-run crashes killed more than 2,000 people in 2016
Hamilton, N.J., April 27, 2018 — More than one hit-and-run crash occurs every minute on U.S. roads, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. These crashes resulted in 2,049 deaths in 2016 — the highest number on record and a 60 percent increase since 2009. With the number of hit-and-run crashes on the rise, AAA is calling for drivers to be alert on the road in order to avoid a deadly crash and always remain on the scene if a crash occurs.
AAA researchers examined common characteristics of hit-and-run crashes and found that:
“Hit-and-run crashes in the United States are trending in the wrong direction,” said Tracy Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “The AAA Foundation’s analysis shows that hit-and-run crashes are a growing traffic safety challenge and the foundation would like to work with all stakeholders to help curtail this problem.”
The report found that most victims of fatal hit-and-run crashes are pedestrians or bicyclists. Over the past 10 years, nearly 20 percent of all pedestrian deaths were caused by hit-and-run crashes, meanwhile just one percent of all driver fatalities in that same time period. To decrease the chances of being involved in a crash with a pedestrian or bicyclist, drivers should:
“It is every driver’s legal and moral responsibility to take necessary precautions to avoid hitting a pedestrian, bicyclist or another vehicle,” continued Noble. “While no one likes being involved in a crash, leaving the scene will significantly increase the penalties for drivers — whether they caused the crash or not.”
Currently, every state has laws that make it illegal for a driver involved in a crash to flee the scene. State penalties vary depending on the type of crash (i.e. property damage, injury, serious injury or a fatality). If found guilty, drivers can face large fines, lose their license or spend time in prison. In New Jersey, it is the motorists’ duty to remain on scene, provide their information (if property is unattended), render aid and notify the police in the event of a serious crash resulting in injury or fatality. Penalties in New Jersey:
If a driver is involved in a crash, they should never leave the scene and follow the steps below:
“By working together, we can bring awareness and identify potential solutions to reduce hit-and-run fatalities,” added Noble. “We can’t forget that cars can be deadly when they come into contact with pedestrians, cyclists or other cars. It is incumbent on each and every one of us to stay alert, be aware of our surroundings and always stay on the scene if involved in a crash.”
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