The frequent failure of motorists to stop and render aid after a collision is killing hundreds and maiming thousands of people each year on American roadways. Increasingly, motorists are driving away, rather than facing the inevitable contact with law enforcement officials. Hit and run drivers come in all ages, races, nationalities and professions, as do the victims of a hit and run accident.
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Pedestrian hit and run accidents can be catastrophic. Pedestrians are defenseless against vehicles.
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Some of the common injuries that have occurred from these types of accidents include:
- brain damage
- disfiguring scars
- partial and full paralysis
- loss of limbs
In a study published in 2003 by the National Center For Statistics and Analysis and sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 18% of pedestrian fatalities in single-vehicle crashes from 1998 to 2001 were hit-and-run. In 2001, 4,882 pedestrians were struck and killed, 781 of these accidents were the result of a hit-and-run.
In 2005, new laws were passed to help protect New Yorkers against hit and run drivers and drunk drivers. The new hit and run law not only increased penalties for deadly drivers who leave the scene of an accident, but also eliminated the need for prosecutors to prove criminal negligence in order to charge a drunken driver with a felony.
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