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The Alarming Prevalence of Massachusetts Hit-and-Run Accidents

Massachusetts hit-and-run refer to cases where at least one person in an accident flees the scene without rendering aid, providing identifying information, or reporting the crash. In addition to the significant societal and economic burdens these accidents present, they also increase the severity of accident outcomes. The delay in medical and emergency responder attention often results in more severe injuries and chain reaction accidents. Further, Massachusetts hit-and-run accidents can precipitate a civil and criminal lawsuit against the at-fault party.

For instance, news reports recently explained that police apprehended a Scituate, Massachusetts, man for attempting to flee the scene of a chain reaction accident. According to reports, the man was driving when he slammed into a guardrail on the side of the highway, which caused his vehicle to stall in the left lane. A series of accidents occurred as drivers attempted to avoid colliding with the vehicle. The chain-reaction accident caused a 59-year-old man to suffer serious injuries. The Massachusetts man ran away from the crash scene, but police arrested him nearby. The man is now facing several charges, including leaving the scene of a crash and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Two other people also suffered injuries in the crash.

Most recent crash data from the AAA Foundation reveal that hit-and-run collisions and fatalities are rising. Statistics indicate a hit-and-run crash about every 43 seconds, and Massachusetts experienced a rise in fatalities over ten years. While scientific studies on hit-and-run crashes are lacking, there are three primary focus areas that some literature has touched upon. These include victim demographics, accident scene characteristics, and offending driver descriptions.

Studies show that a victim\’s age was a determining factor in whether or not a driver flees the scene of an accident. Pedestrians under 6-years-old and over 80 were 50% less likely to be victims of a hit-and-run accident than other age groups. Further, males account for around 70% of hit-and-run victims. Moreover, generally, hit-and-runs are less likely to occur in heavily trafficked areas and roads with better visibility. Finally, while about 50% of hit-and-run drivers are identified, the number varies significantly among states. Generally, hit-and-run perpetrators are young males with a history of driving under the influence. While there are many motivations to running from knowingly running from the scene of an accident, these reasons do not eliminate liability for a victim\’s injuries and damages.

Have You Suffered Injuries in a Massachusetts Hit-and-Run Accident?

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a hit-and-run driver or a motorist under the influence of drugs or alcohol, contact the Law Offices of Barry Feinstein And Affiliates P.C. for representation. The seasoned lawyers at our firm have extensive experience successfully representing clients during all stages of their injury lawsuits or wrongful death lawsuits. Our office handles accident cases stemming from Massachusetts hit-and-runs, drunk drivers, negligent medical providers, unsafe or defective products, and negligent business owners and companies. For over 25 years, our firm has secured significant amounts of compensation on behalf of Massachusetts accident victims. Contact our office at 800-262-9200 to schedule a free initial consultation with a Massachusetts accident attorney.

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