Hit-And-Runs Rise In LA County – What Locals Should Know Before Hitting The Road
New data from AAA suggests America has a serious problem with hit-and-runs. Road safety analysts now believe there’s at least one hit-and-run collision in the US every minute. Between 2006 – 2016, hit-and-run fatalities in America have grown by about 60 percent. AAA also points out that pedestrians and bicyclists are more likely to die in a hit-and-run compared with motorists.
As Angelenos know all too well, hit-and-runs are common in the City of Angels. Even though CVC 10.1 § 20001 clearly states drivers must remain on a crash site, hit-and-run cases in LA have yet to drop. In fact, roughly 50 percent of crashes in LA County now involve hit-and-run drivers. There are many potential reasons drivers disobey California’s hit-and-run laws, but some of the most common involve DUI, insurance issues, and driving without a valid license.
As AAA discovered in its research, LA pedestrians are at an increased risk of being the victim of a hit-and-run crash. Indeed, LAPD traffic data shows that pedestrians accounted for half of all traffic deaths in 2019. Of these pedestrian fatalities, three-quarters involved a hit-and-run driver.
Hit-And-Run In North Hollywood Results In The Death Of One Pedestrian
One of the most recent fatal hit-and-run collisions happened in North Hollywood on July 3rd, 2020. At around 8:30 PM, first-responders found one pedestrian lying dead on Victory Boulevard close to the Hollywood Freeway.
Investigators now believe a dark-colored SUV was involved in this apparent hit-and-run. At this point, police don’t have any further information on this case.
Anyone who has further information on this hit-and-run crash should call the LAPD’s anonymous tips line at (877) 527-3247.
Hit-And-Run Crashes In LA: How Bad Is The Issue, And What Can You Do?
There’s no denying hit-and-runs are a problem in Los Angeles. Recent traffic data suggests there were over 100,000 hit-and-run crashes between 2014 – 2018. LAPD also revealed hit-and-run fatalities rose by almost 70 percent between 2014 – 2019.
Sadly, many of the hit-and-run drivers involved in these crashes are never found. Of the 100,000 crashes mentioned above, there were just over 23,690 felony trials.
Although relatively few hit-and-run drivers get caught, that doesn’t mean you and your family can’t seek legal action. Indeed, if you have uninsured motorist coverage, you can fight for compensation in California.
We always advise clients involved in a hit-and-run crash victim to file an insurance claim ASAP. We also strongly encourage you to research SR-1 and SR-19 forms. Not every insurance company requires these documents, but they can help down the line. Be sure to fill out both of these forms on your hit-and-run crash ASAP and send them into the Department of Motor Vehicles.
We also encourage you to review the liability coverage on your insurance plan. This number will tell you how much you’re covered in the event of a hit-and-run crash.