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Hit and Run Collisions

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In April 2018, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a troubling report. Researchers found that in 2016, 2,049 people died in hit-and-run crashes. That was an increase of more than 60 percent from 2009 and the highest number of deaths in these crashes since the NHTSA started keeping statistics on hit-and-run deaths.

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Hit and Run Collisions

  1. 1. HIT-AND-RUN COLLISIONS What happens when a driver flees the scene after injuring another person?
  2. 2. An Alarming Increase in Hit-and- Run Deaths in the U.S. In April 2018, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a troubling report. Researchers found that in 2016, 2,049 people died in hit-and- run crashes. That was an increase of more than 60 percent from 2009 and the highest number of deaths in these crashes since the NHTSA started keeping statistics on hit-and-run deaths.
  3. 3. A Plague on U.S. and Texas Roads Approximately 682,000 hit-and-run crashes occur annually in the United States. These crashes result in more than 120,000 injuries every year. Unfortunately, Texas has a high number of hit-and-run crashes and fatalities. In 2016, for example, 233 people lost their lives in hit-and-run collisions. These statistics beg several questions. Who is most vulnerable to hit-and-run collisions? When do they happen? What can victims do when a driver flees the scene?
  4. 4. Who is Affected? Any type of road user can be injured by a hit-and-run driver, but it’s typically pedestrians and cyclists that are the most vulnerable. In fact, 65 percent of deaths in hit-and-run collisions are pedestrians and cyclists. One out of five pedestrian deaths occurs in hit-and-run collisions.
  5. 5. Where and When do Hit-and-Run Crashes Happen? The most common setting of a hit- and-run crash is on roads with lower speed limits, where pedestrian traffic is heaviest. They are more likely to occur between midnight and 4 a.m. when the driver is less likely to be spotted when they flee the scene.
  6. 6. Types of Injuries in Hit-and-Run Collisions Hit-and-run crashes, particularly those involving pedestrians and cyclists, result in some of the most serious injuries imaginable. This includes… ■ Traumatic brain injuries ■ Spinal injuries ■ Internal injuries and organ damage ■ Fractured bones - fractured hips, ankles, wrists and other bones ■ Wrongful death.
  7. 7. Why Hit-and-Run Drivers Flee the Scene When a driver strikes a pedestrian cyclist or other motorist, they often go into panic mode. In some cases, a driver makes a split-second decision to flee the scene. There might be very little deliberate thought in their decision. However, that doesn’t mean their impulse is without motivation. Hit-and- run drivers are often intoxicated or face legal consequences for other reasons, such as the lack of insurance or the existence of a criminal record.
  8. 8. The Fallout for Hit-and-Run Victims For someone who has been injured by a negligent driver, the fallout is often catastrophic. When the perpetrator flees the scene, the victim faces a great deal of uncertainty. It might seem as if there are very few options to get compensation for medical bills, lost income or other costs stemming from the crash. However, there are a couple of options for hit-and-run victims.
  9. 9. Legal Options for Hit-and-Run Victims If the fleeing driver is never identified, a hit-and-run crash victim can still receive payment to cover many of their costs through their own insurance company. If an insurance company refuses to pay or offers less than the victim deserves, they do not have to accept that result. An attorney can help the victim get the payment they deserve.
  10. 10. Hit-and-Run Drivers are Sometimes Caught In some cases, hit-and-run drivers are identified and caught by the authorities. In these situations, a victim can seek payment either through the guilty driver’s insurance company or, if the driver is uninsured or underinsured, the victim can pursue compensation from the driver directly. In the meantime, a victim’s insurance company should help them with their costs.
  11. 11. Injured by a Hit-and-Run Driver? An Attorney Can Help. Regardless of whether the driver is identified by the authorities, you might consider hiring an attorney if you are being offered less money than you deserve. An attorney will conduct their own investigation of the crash to see if they can find the responsible party. They will also be your advocate when dealing with insurance companies to get the payment you are owed.
  12. 12. Contact Guajardo & Marks to Learn More If you’ve been injured in a hit-and-run crash in Texas, contact Guajardo & Marks to learn more about your legal options. We assist injured clients across the state to make sure they get compensation for their suffering and the costs of their injuries. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. 972-426-2621

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