An increase of cyclists and pedestrian reporting hit and run accidents
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety published a concerning report regarding an increasing number of fatal hit-and-run crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians. Hit and run accidents reached the highest point on record in 2016, with nearly 65 percent of victims being bicyclists and pedestrians. Bicycle safety and pedestrian safety advocates say the steady increase in fatal hit-and-run accidents is mostly attributed to poorly designed streets and drivers unaware of collisions at intersections and bike lanes.
The National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says in 2015 that around 5,376 pedestrians were killed by cars and another 818 deaths involved crashes between bicycles and cars. The AAA says an average of 682,000 hit-and-run crashes are recorded every year. In 2016, there were 2,049 deaths from hit-and-run accidents.
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An overall increase in traffic deaths may be the result of simply more people on the road and a growing number of bicycle commuters. On the other hand, fatal crash rates for bicyclists and pedestrians could be increasing because more people are distracted drivers, primarily preoccupied with tasks on their mobile phone.
A spokesman for the League of American Bicyclists says driver behavior is to blame, and that motorists disregard the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, leading to injury and deaths. Following an accident, failing to stop for a victim is inexcusable and deemed a hit and run accident. If identified, the responsible motorist will have a warrant out for his or her arrest and will be liable for injuries and damages caused. Better policing, more traffic cameras, and better road engineering have all be proposed to reduce these preventable accidents.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a cyclist or pedestrian hit and run accident, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding hit-and-run accidents.