Fatal hit-and-run accidents continue to rise in Austin

Hit-and-run accidents are on the rise in Texas and Austin stands out as having some of the deadliest crossings.

Austin has seen a dramatic increase in fatal hit-and-run accidents over the past few years, with 2018 shaping up to be another deadly year for vulnerable road users. As the Austin American-Statesman reports, there have been five fatalities linked to hit-and-runs so far this year and, since 2010, the city has seen a huge increase in overall hit-and-run accidents. The vast majority of such accidents involve either pedestrians or cyclists. Furthermore, a separate study has found that four out of the ten deadliest intersections for pedestrians in Texas are located in Austin.

Hit-and-runs on the rise in Austin

Deadly hit-and-runs are rising both in Austin and across Texas (not to mention nationwide). Between 2010 and 2017 the city saw a dramatic 40 percent increase in hit-and-run accidents. The number of hit-and-run crashes involving pedestrians also soared by 76 percent over that same period.

Texas as a whole has also seen a huge increase in these deadly accidents. Between 2006 and 2016, the number of fatal hit-and-run crashes increased by 33 percent. Throughout the country, 2016 was the deadliest year ever recorded for hit-and-runs, with a little over 2,000 deaths, a figure that has remained about the same since then. Texas is ranked as having the eighth-most hit-and-runs in the country.

Austin's deadly intersections

In a state that already sees far too many pedestrians struck by motor vehicles, Austin still stands out as being particularly dangerous. As KXAN News reports, a recent study found that four of the most dangerous intersections in Texas are all located in Austin. The study weighed a number of different factors, including deaths, crash severity, and incapacitating injuries.

The intersection of Trinity and Seventh Streets was ranked as not only the most dangerous intersection in Austin, but in all of Texas. Other Austin intersections included in the top ten were West Fourth and Lavaca (in fourth), North Lamar Boulevard (seventh), and I-35 and Rundberg Lane (tenth). Austin tends to be more dangerous for pedestrians both because it has a larger percentage of the population that walks and bikes while also having many city roads that were designed with cars rather than pedestrians in mind.

Getting help after a crash

A hit-and-run accident can be especially frustrating and devastating for victims. While many such victims may think there is nowhere they can turn to for help, the truth is that compensation may be available in the form of one's own insurance policy. A personal injury attorney can assist hit-and-run victims with learning what options they have and how they may be able to go about making a claim.