Hit and run accidents have been on the rise nationally for the past decade, with the rate estimated at between 11% and 12.5%. Rates of hit and run collisions in New Mexico appear to not only be on the rise, but are also above the national averages according to the Szantho Law Firm. In 2002 12.3% of the collisions in the state were reported as hit and run, however that number had climbed to 14.7% as of 2011, the most recent year for which data is available.
“The number of auto crashes in general seems to be trending downward over the past decade,” says Andras Szantho, founder of the Szantho Law Firm. “However we are not seeing that trend in regards to hit and run collisions.”
Hit and run accidents present a unique problem for those involved, especially if the fleeing driver is not caught. Claims have to be made through one’s own insurance, and depending on circumstances, coverage and other factors, it can become a complex process. In many instances there are still high out-of-pocket expenses for the person who remained at the scene.
“There are a number of theories as to why the rate of hit and run accidents is increasing. However, the root cause is that the person fleeing doesn’t want to face the consequences of their actions,” concludes Szantho. “While the best way to reduce incidents of hit and run would be for those who leave the scene to face stiffer penalties, we can still do our part. If you witness a hit and run note any details and report it to law enforcement.”
The Szantho Law Firm has offices in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. They handle a variety of personal injury cases, including: bicycle accidents, automobile accidents, slip-and-fall, traumatic brain injury, medical malpractice and more. They can be reached for a free consultation at http://www.szantholaw.com or at (505)-820-3366.
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Name: Andras Szantho
Organization: The Szantho Law Firm
Address: 210 Montezuma Ave. Ste. 200 Santa Fe, NM 87501