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Hit-and-runs crashes are increasing nationwide

It is very difficult for many families in New Jersey to deal with being victimized by a hit-and-run car accident. In addition to the emotional cost, medical or funeral expenses, and the complicated insurance issues that follow all car accidents, hit-and-runs make it difficult for victims and their families to find closure. When the person who is responsible for another’s injuries, or a person’s death, fails to step forward to accept responsibility, it can make it even more trying for a family to cope.

Unfortunately, fatal hit-and-run crashes are on the rise. One lawmaker has even called it a “plague,” according to USA Today.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows that hit-and-run crashes are increasing primarily in major cities. In Los Angeles, for example, in 2009 about half of all car accidents involved a hit-and-run driver.

The NHTSA reports that there were 1,274 fatal hit-and-runs in 2009 nationwide, and by 2011 – the latest year for which data is available – there were 1,449 fatal hit-and-runs.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that 20 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents are hit-and-runs, and that many of these crashes involve alcohol on the part of the driver.

In New Jersey, those who are involved in car accidents are required to stop and remain on the scene until police arrive. When someone is injured, the other party must call 911 and provide reasonable assistance. Leaving the scene of an accident shows a complete disregard for human life, and it is very disturbing that more and more drivers are doing this.

Those who are harmed due to hit-and-run collisions in New Jersey may benefit from talking to a reputable car accident attorney about their legal options.

Source: USA Today, “Fatal hit-and-run crashes on rise in U.S.,” Larry Copeland, Nov. 10, 2013

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