Under Pennsylvania law, drivers who are involved in car accidents are required to stop their vehicles and wait for authorities to arrive on the scene. If someone has been injured in the car accident, drivers must provide reasonable assistance – this includes calling 911. Unfortunately, drivers often leave the scene of accidents in the Philadelphia area. Doing so is not only against the law, but it may put the lives of anyone who was injured under jeopardy.
Unfortunately, hit-and-run fatalities are on the rise across the U.S.,and hit-and-run crashes are increasing in a number of major cities.
According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 175 more fatal hit-and-runs recorded in 2011 than in 2009. The year 2011 is the most recent year for which crash statistics are available.
The majority of fatal hit-and-run collisions involve pedestrians, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
In one city on the West Coast, about half of the car accidents involve a driver who flees the scene.
There are a number of reasons that drivers choose to flee the scene of an accident instead of sticking around and see to it that victims get medical care. In many of these cases, drivers fail to take responsibility for their role in a crash because they were drunk, under the influence of alcohol, or were negligent in some other way. In other cases they might have been driving an uninsured or unregistered car.
Regardless of the reasoning, it is very disappointing when a person shows such a lack of respect for human life. Fortunately, in many cases, hit-and-run drivers are caught and held responsible for their actions.
Whether a hit-and-run driver is apprehended or not, victims may have options to obtain compensation for their injuries. It is important to contact a Pennsylvania hit-and-run attorney to discuss one’s rights after being involved in an accident.
Source: USA Today, “Fatal hit-and-run crash on rise in U.S.,” Larry Copeland, Nov. 10, 2013