When a person in Florida causes a car accident, they must stay at the scene of the crash until police arrive. Unfortunately, too many people do not do so, even if the crash is a serious one involving injuries or fatalities. This is a real problem that is especially affecting pedestrians.
According to a AAA Foundation study, fatal auto-pedestrian accidents have risen 25 percent over the last four years. Moreover, 2016 saw the highest number of hit-and-run fatalities across the nation and almost two-thirds of those who died were pedestrians. This is significant, as hit-and-run crashes now make up a growing percentage of all traffic deaths over the past 12 years.
Researchers have not been able to identify the reason why hit-and-run deaths are soaring. However, according to previous research, motorists who cause an accident and then flee the scene may be driving under the influence or may be driving on a suspended license. Therefore, they may flee to avoid being penalized for these infractions on top of the accident they just caused.
Pedestrians in St. Augustine and elsewhere deserve to be safe while walking on the sidewalk or crossing the street at a marked intersection. However, the rise in auto-pedestrian accidents exemplifies the fact that pedestrians’ lives are at risk when it comes to auto accidents. Pedestrians can be severely injured or killed if they are hit by a car. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that those who are involved in a collision involving a pedestrian stay at the scene of the crash to render aid, if possible.