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Hit-and-Run Accidents

Hit-and-Run Accidents

There are many reasons that people are required by law to remain at the scene of an accident after a crash occurs.  Society expects that people who make mistakes and cause others to be injured will make things right.  When someone causes a car accident and flees after the incident, it leaves those who have been harmed or suddenly grieving family members with terrible questions running through their minds.  Hit-and-run accidents cause several different and serious problems.  This situation also requires the use of law enforcement resources in order to identify, pursue and ultimately apprehend the driver.  In the meantime, those who are forced to suffer must hope for a resolution while reviewing different options for enforcing their legal rights.  Every San Diego car accident lawyer understands the difficulty of these situations.  That’s one of the reasons that our team wants to raise the awareness with regards to this problem.

San Diego Hit-and-Run Accidents – Overall Statistics

According to data provided by the University of California at Berkeley, a total of 1,180 hit-and-run accidents occurred in San Diego County during 2015.  As is usually the case with hit-and-run crashes, these collisions caused a lot of damage.  Nearly 1,500 people were either injured or killed as a result of these situations.  That comes to more than three of these incidents every day somewhere in the county.  The numbers were substantially similar in 2014, but lower in 2013.  That year, 1,009 hit-and-run accidents occurred, leading to 1,276 injuries and fatalities.

San Diego Hit-and-Run Accidents – Types of Collisions

Hit-and-run accidents can occur at any time, in any place and can unfold in almost any manner.  The breakdown of the types of collisions that occurred during hit-and-run accidents tend to support that notion.  Below you’ll find the breakdown for the types of collisions associated with these crashes in San Diego County in 2015:

  1. Rear-end – 37.5 percent of crashes
  2. Sideswipe – 14.9 percent of crashes
  3. Broadside – 14.2 percent of crashes
  4. Vehicle/pedestrian – 14.2 percent of crashes
  5. Hit object – 7.4 percent of crashes
  6. Head-on – 6 percent of crashes
  7. Overturned – 2.3 percent of crashes
  8. Other – 2.2 percent of crashes

While rear-end collisions were far-and-away the most common type of collision related to hit-and-run accidents in 2015, just about every other type of impact occurred in high numbers during the year.

San Diego Hit-and-Run Accidents – Leading Causes

Despite the fact that those involved in hit-and-run accidents flee the scene of the crash during its immediate aftermath, police were still able to identify what is known as the PCF, or Primary Collision Factor, for almost all of them.  Below are the 10 leading causes of hit-and-run accidents in San Diego County during the 2015 calendar year:

  1. Unsafe speed – 28.7 percent
  2. Improper turning – 14.7 percent
  3. Driving/bicycling under the influence of alcohol – 10.7 percent
  4. Automobile right of way – 6.9 percent
  5. Traffic signals and signs – 6.6 percent
  6. Unsafe lane change – 5.6 percent
  7. Pedestrian right of way – 5.1 percent
  8. Pedestrian violation – 3.9 percent
  9. Unsafe starting or backing – 3.5 percent
  10. Following too closely – 3.4 percent

San Diego Hit-and-Run Accidents – Other Vehicles Involved

Hit-and-run accidents do not always involve two passenger vehicles.  In fact, more than one-third of all San Diego hit-and-run accidents in 2015 involved at least one person traveling in something other than a passenger vehicle.  Below you’ll find the breakdown for these crashes, listed with their corresponding number:

  • Pedestrians – 203 accidents
  • Bicycles – 94 accidents
  • Motorcycles – 86 accidents
  • Trucks – 22 accidents

That’s a total of 405 San Diego hit-and-run accidents that involved some ‘other’ form of travel, or more than one every day.

San Diego Hit-and-Run Accidents – Ages of Those Harmed

No age group was immune to San Diego hit-and-run accidents in 2015, either.  According to the UC-Berkeley data, the following age groups were either injured or killed in order of most often to least often in hit-and-run accidents during the year:

  1. 25 – 44
  2. 45 – 64
  3. 20 – 24
  4. 15 – 19
  5. 65 or older
  6. 14 or younger

How a San Diego Car Accident Lawyer Can Help

It’s clear that San Diego hit-and-run accidents are a big problem across the county.  What may be most difficult for those who are injured or the families of those who are killed is understanding how to proceed.  Too many times, people who are wrongfully harmed assume that there is nothing that they can do unless/until the person who fled the scene is identified and apprehended.  There are situations where there may be other options available.

However, in order to make that determination in as accurate a manner as possible, anyone who is injured in a hit-and-run accident needs to seek the advice of a San Diego car accident lawyer who understands how these situations work and how to thoroughly analyze every potential option for recovery available.  If this includes you or someone you love, contact Gomez Trial Attorneys as soon as possible for a free case evaluation.

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