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Hit-and-run accident outbreak hitting pedestrians hard

Some experts blame distracted driving for this trend, while others speculate that it is just a function of urbanization, but for whatever reason, the number of deaths related to hit-and-run accidents has been on the rise of late. It is to the point where many see the trend as a concerning safety issue.

Although Indiana and Northern Kentucky are certainly not the worst states for deadly hit-and-run accidents, they each have their fair share of them. Both states have around 1 deadly hit and run for every 100,000 residents. By contrast, the states where this is less of a problem have less than .5 per 100,000.

Overall, the number of fatalities due to hit-and-runs in 2016, which was the last year figures were available, stood at 2,046. This is a substantial increase, 35 percent, over the 1,512 fatalities in 2012. In the broader context, 2016's number is the highest it has ever been since statistics started to be tracked in 1975 and is a 60 percent increase over 2009's number.

Not surprisingly, the clear majority, two out of three, of these hit-and-run fatalities involved either pedestrians or bicyclists. This is not surprising since, for one, it is either for a motorist who wants to flee to drive off after hitting a pedestrian or bicyclist as opposed to another vehicle.

Unfortunately, police are more often than not unsuccessful in locating the responsible driver even after fatal hit-and-run pedestrian accidents. This means that the families of victims who may well need compensation in order to get by financially after the tragedy will have to explore other options for doing so. This often will require legal assistance.

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