Chicago, Illinois – (ABC 7) – According to a report by ABC 7, new research from AAA reveals that the number of hit-and-run crashes is higher than ever. Not only has the overall number of hit-and-run wrecks increased, but the number of fatalities caused by hit-and-run drivers on American roads has gone up just as much.
The numbers associated with hit-and-run crashes and fatalities are staggering. In America, a hit-and-run collision happens every minute. Over two thousand people died in hit-and-run collisions in 2016. Sixty-five of those two thousand deaths happened in Illinois. Hit-and-run accidents occur in many different situations. Unfortunately, most of the victims who get injured or killed in hit-and-run collisions are pedestrians or cyclists.
It can take a lot of time for police to locate drivers who flee from accident scenes. For example, police are still searching for the driver who struck a man with their pickup truck as he was getting off of a bus. While it is true that a driver who causes an accident could get into legal trouble if they were violating a law at the time of the crash, leaving the scene of a hit and run collision is a crime in and of itself. When a hit-and-run driver who injures or kills someone is apprehended, they are likely to get charged with a felony in addition to any other charges that could result from the crash. Leaving the accident scene is much more trouble than it’s worth. If you’re involved in an accident, remain at the accident scene until authorities arrive and cooperate fully with any investigation following the crash.I
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