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Hit-and-run collisions are on the rise in Connecticut

On Behalf of | Jul 28, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

The average crash in Connecticut is the result of someone violating a traffic law. Drivers forget to use their turn signals, violate the speed limit or get behind the wheel after drinking. Any of those traffic infractions could lead to significant consequences for the motorists to make that choice, their passengers, and anyone else they encounter in traffic.

When drivers cause crashes, the law requires that they must stop to check on the other people involved and to file a police report. Unfortunately, just like people drive too fast and merge without indicating their intent, they may also choose to drive away from a crash instead of checking on the others involved and exchanging information. Despite the law against leaving the scene of a crash, such hit-and-run collisions have actually become much more common in Connecticut in recent years.

What does the data show?

According to state collision records, Connecticut has seen a significant uptick in hit-and-run collisions in recent years. 2016 saw quite a few hit-and-run crashes, and that trend has persisted for the better part of a decade. There were 1,800 reported injuries from the 12,016 hit-and-runs in 2015. Another 12 of the hit-and-runs that year were fatal. 2020 was the only year with less than 10,000 such crashes since then. In 2022, there were 12,710 hit-and-run collisions, 17 of which resulted in someone dying. Data from early 2023 makes it seem like the year will follow the existing trend.

What does this mean for Connecticut drivers?

Obviously, motorists will need to be extra aware after a crash so that they gather the information necessary to protect themselves if the other driver tries to flee the scene without taking responsibility. Motorists may also need to consider reviewing and changing their insurance coverage to better protect themselves against the irresponsible choices of others. Uninsured motorist protection offers support to those who get injured in a hit-and-run crash and cannot make a liability insurance claim.

Understanding the risks on the road will help drivers take the right steps to protect themselves ahead of time. Additionally, this understanding can inform how drivers react in the wake of a consequential situation, like a hit-and-run collision caused by another driver.


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