One of the most terrible accidents to become a victim of in California is a hit and run. Many people become seriously injured in these accidents and receive no care until someone else passes by and notices the wreck. When the victim is a cyclist or pedestrian, the chances of them surviving the accident without disabilities and serious injuries are low.
ABC News reports that hit-and-run fatalities are at an all-time high. In 2016, 2049 people were killed in these crashes. This represents a 62% increase from 2009. That year actually experienced a decrease in hit-and-run accidents. Of the victims in more recent years, 65% are pedestrians and cyclists, the least-protected people in these crashes.
The states with the highest incidents of hit-and-run crashes included Florida, Louisiana and New Mexico. Among the states with the lowest recorded rates are New Hampshire, Minnesota and Maine. Most hit-and-run incidents took place in the after hours from 12:00 a.m. to 4 a.m.
NerdWallet recommends that cyclists who ride regularly should get insurance. Unfortunately, in a lot of instances, cyclists end up footing the bill for their own injuries and bike repairs. Those who do not have insurance can find themselves paying back as much as $30,000 in hospital bills. As noted above, many may not make it at all.
What can bikers do to keep themselves safe on the road? Experts recommend “riding predictively.” This involves trying to guess the potential wrong moves drivers may make on the road that may negatively affect them. Cyclists should also wear helmets and any other protective gear that is suitable. Bright colors, reflectors and other efforts to remain visible at all times may also prove helpful.