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How many pedestrians die in hit-and-run accidents?

Whether you are sideswiped by another vehicle while trying to make a turn or involved in a head-on collision, the details surrounding auto accidents vary from one crash to another. However, in New London, and other cities in Connecticut, accidents can be especially dangerous for pedestrians. If you walk to work, exercise or regularly take to the street for another reason, it is important to understand the prevalence of fatal hit-and-run accidents involving pedestrians.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, hit-and-run accidents account for roughly one out of every five (19 percent) pedestrian deaths. Although statistics reveal that these deaths are more likely to occur in an urban area, it is important to keep in mind that you may be struck by a vehicle in a rural location as well. Tragically, pedestrians and everyone else on Connecticut's roads will continue to lose their lives in accidents caused by drivers who are distracted, drunk or not following traffic laws.

Recovering from an accident can be extremely difficult, especially if you were seriously injured. Between medical expenses, severe pain and an injury that doesn't allow you to work, your life may have changed in many ways if you were hit by a car. Furthermore, pedestrian accidents that claim lives frequently leave families devastated. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to watch out for pedestrians, which is why you should always keep an eye out for vehicles when you are crossing the street or walking alongside the road. Additionally, you may be able to prevent an accident by wearing reflective clothing if you walk at night.

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