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California leads the nation in this alarming statistic

More than one in ten fatal crashes in California is a hit-and-run, according to a new study involving federal traffic data.

The research, commissioned by Suzuki Law Offices, looked at National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures between 2017 and 2021.

Of the 18,137 fatal crashes in California during that period, 1,901, or 10.48%, involved drivers fleeing the scene. That’s the highest total number of fatal hit-and-runs in the country and significantly higher than the national rate of 6.33%, the data show.

The top five also include Illinois (8.72%), New Jersey (8.51%), Alaska (8.49%), and Hawaii (8.49%). Maine has the lowest rate, with less than one in 100 fatal crashes involving a hit-and-run driver.

“Analysis of nationwide data shows two-thirds of all hit-and-runs involving a pedestrian and a vehicle occur during dark conditions,” said Richard Suzuki, Suzuki’s founding attorney. “This suggests that most hit-and-runs occur because the driver wants to avoid detection and the consequences of their actions.”

10 States with the Deadliest Hit-and-Run Accidents
Includes a Hit-and-Run
RANKINGS state yea not Total Fatal crashes involving hit-and-run (%)
1 California 1,901 16,236 18,137 10.48%
2 Illinois 452 4,731 5,183 8.72%
3 New Jersey 243 2,614 2,857 8.51%
4 Alaska 27 291 318 8.49%
5 Hawaii 41 442 483 8.49%
6 New Mexico 157 1,696 1,853 8.47%
7 New York 394 4,391 4,785 8.23%
8 Connecticut 107 1,231 1,338 8.00%
9 Arizona 367 4,405 4,772 7.69%
10 Texas 1,341 16,208 17,549 7.64%
Deadly hit-and-run rate in the state. Suzuki Law Offices/NHTSA

Within the Golden State, the study found that San Francisco had the highest fatal hit-and-run rate at 22%, followed by Los Angeles (15%) and Santa Clara (13%).

Depending on the reason, hitting another driver or a pedestrian with your car is not always a crime – but fleeing with intent is.

“If you hit a pedestrian with a car and flee the scene, it can put their life in danger and lead to very serious legal implications,” Suzuki said.

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