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Hit and Run Deaths Are at a Record High

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hit-runThe AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety discovered that at least one hit-and-run accident takes place in the United States every minute. In 2016, there were approximately over 2,000 hit and run related deaths. This is a 60 percent increase from the number of hit and run deaths that occurred in 2009.

Reducing the Risk of Bicyclist or Pedestrian Accidents

Hit and run deaths have been rising since by 7.2 percent since 2009. About 85 percent of those who lost their lives in a hit or run were hit by a bicyclist or pedestrian. Fortunately, there are certain steps you can take to reduce your risk of being involved in a crash with a bicyclist or pedestrian including:

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times;
  • Watch out for young children in areas that may be crowded with more pedestrians;
  • Get into the habit of yielding to pedestrians; and
  • Be patient when trying to pass a bicyclist or pedestrian.

Hit and Run Laws in Illinois

Although hit and run driving is illegal in all states, the penalties differ in from state to state. If a driver hits a vehicle in Illinois, they must contact the police and provide their personal information in addition to staying at the scene.

Drivers who flee the scene of a car crash with significant damage of over $1,000 may be left with a Class A misdemeanor and a driver's license suspension. If drivers flee the scene of an accident where others sustained injuries, they may face a Class 2 or Class 4 felony as well as a license revocation. In the event drivers flee the scene of a crash that resulted in a fatality, they may be subject to a Class 1 felony and license revocation.

Steps to Take After an Accident

Regardless of whether or not you believe you caused the accident, you should remain calm at the scene. Then, call the police so that a police report can be filed. Next, exchange contact information and insurance details with anyone involved in the accident. Lastly, seek medical attention and make sure your injuries and treatments are well-document.

Seeking Compensation for a Hit and Run Accident

Contrary to popular belief, you may be able to recover compensation from a hit and run driver. By consulting an experienced car accident lawyer, you can increase your chances of identifying the driver and securing the compensation you may be entitled to. A car accident lawyer will know how to look for evidence and protect your rights.

Contact Our Joliet Hit and Run Accident Attorneys

If you have been a victim of a hit and run accident, contact our highly skilled Joliet hit and run accident attorneys. For a free, no-obligation consultation, call us at 815-666-1285. We may be able to determine who hit your vehicle and help you obtain compensation.


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