An AAA study shows that hit-and-run fatalities in the USA are now at all-time highs. 2,049 Americans were killed in hit-and-run crashes in 2016, which is over 60 percent higher than fatality figures in 2009. Reviewing statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, AAA found that 2016’s hit-and-run fatalities were the highest on record.
Another key finding from AAA’s report was that 65 percent of all hit-and-run fatalities were either pedestrians or cyclists. Amazingly, 20 percent of all pedestrian fatalities are now caused by a hit-and-run accident.
Los Angeles County is one of the most dangerous places in the USA for hit-and-run accidents. Recent data from NBC-4 showed that there’s at least one hit-and-run crash every 18 minutes in LA. At least half of all car crash cases in LA County are hit-and-runs.
To learn more about the Golden State’s legal policy for hit-and-run crashes, please read through California Vehicle Code (CVC) sections 20002 and 20003.