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How common are hit-and-run accidents?

Most people know that car accidents are fairly common. There are thousands of car accidents throughout the country every day. But, how common are car accident that involve a hit and run?

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, about 11 percent of car accidents have at least one of the drivers leaving the scene before police arrive to conduct the accident investigation. That may not sound like a lot, but these accidents can be deadly. For example, during a nearly 10 year period from 1994 to 2003, 14,914 people were killed in America in hit and run accidents, an average of approximately 1,500 people per year.

Strangely enough, there are certain days and times when hit and run accidents are more likely to occur. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are particularly dangerous, with an estimated 58 percent of fatal hit and run accidents occurring on these days. And, approximately 47 percent of fatal hit and run accidents occur at night, between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.

Fullerton residents who have been in an accident that involved a hit and run driver will need to review their legal options. The police will be looking for the other driver - committing a hit and run is obviously a crime. But, once the driver is, hopefully, found, the victim in the accident may need to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to attempt to recover compensation. The victim's medical expenses could end up being thousands of dollars for emergency care and long-term recovery.

Source: aaafoundation.org, "Fact Sheet: Hit And Run Drivers Kill Nearly 1500 People Annually," Accessed June 11, 2017

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