A hit and run accident in San Francisco’s Mission district left 2 critically injured this past Wednesday. The driver, who initially fled the scene, eventually returned showing signs of “alcohol or drug impairment,” according to officers. Incidents like these have become more common in recent years; in 2016, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported a 62% increase in hit and run incidents from 2009. Of the 2,049 hit and run fatalities that year, 334 were in California, putting it 7th in nationwide hit and run deaths per capita. The victims of these incidents are primarily cyclists and pedestrians.
In hit and run accidents, the speed of the vehicle is the main determining factor in whether or not the victim will survive. A victim hit by a car traveling 20 mph has a 90% rate of survival; that rate drops to just 20% at 40 mph. The risk of a hit and run accident also increases significantly when the driver is distracted (i.e. using his or her phone) or inebriated. A felony hit and run charge carries a fine of up to $10,000 and up to 3 years in state prison.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a hit and run, please contact Kauffman and Associates for a complimentary consultation. No case is too big or small. We can help ensure you obtain appropriate medical care and receive the maximum financial settlement possible for your pain and suffering.