Terrifying: Half of L.A.’s Crashes Are Hit and Runs – Commute – The Atlantic Cities
Nobody walks in L.A., we’ve been told. But this new statistic might make you think twice about driving there: 48 percent of crashes in Los Angeles in 2009 were hit and runs, L.A. Weekly reports. “[I]n Los Angeles, L.A. Weekly has learned, an incredible 48 percent of crashes were hit-and-runs in 2009, the most recent year for which complete statistics are available,” writes Simone Wilson. That’s the eye-popping stat in her investigation, which takes a look at the hit-and-run epidemic and its repercussions, including that some victims of hit and runs are shelling out tens of thousands of dollars to cover medical bills because the other person didn’t stop. To give you an idea of how sad this 48 percent is, the national hit-and-run average hovers around 11 percent, according to AAA’s study in 2011. And California stands at around an average of 18 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.