According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, on average, there have been 682,000 hit-and-run collisions in the United States every year, for the past ten years. In 2015 (the most recent year in which data is available), there were 737,100 hit-and-run crashes.
So, this data begs the question: Why do hit-and-run accidents occur?
The Thought Processes Behind Hit-and-Run Collisions
To avoid the consequences of the collision or another offense.
Some people flee the scene of an accident because they are afraid of the consequences of their actions. For instance, an intoxicated driver may flee the scene because they don’t want to get a DUI. Another example would be a person who has a warrant out for their arrest for a probation violation.
The Subjective Responsibility Ratio (SRR)
According to a 2016 study, “The more at fault the driver thinks they are, the more likely they are to flee. Conversely, if the crash is entirely due to objective factors it would reduce the likelihood of leaving the scene.”
Essentially, people who flee accidents—more often than not—do so in order to avoid the consequences of the crash.
They don’t believe the crash is severe enough to report.
According to a 2017 study in the United Kingdom (UK), 30% of survey respondents reported that they did not stop after the crash because they didn’t think the collision was significant enough to report.
They didn’t realize they were involved in a collision.
In the same 2017 UK study, 15% of respondents did not stop because they were not aware they were involved in an accident.
A Hit-and-Run Offense is Very Serious
People have different reasons for fleeing the scene of an accident, but no matter the reason, the offense is significant.
One way you can protect yourself from a hit-and-run accident is by installing a dashboard camera in your vehicle. Having this footage can really help your case if your vehicle is hit and the offender flees.
If you’re an injured victim of a hit-and-run collision, we may be able to help. Our attorneys are highly skilled in this area of the law and have helped many other people in similar situations. Let us see if we can help you, too.