The accused runaway driver involved in a fatal car-pedestrian accident has been found. Believe it or not, the driver returned to the scene of the accident just an hour after it happened, according to the Fountain Valley Patch.
Accident reports indicate that the man was attempting to cross Newhope Avenue when a car that was heading northbound, driven by a Costa Mesa resident, slammed right into the pedestrian. Police were sent to the accident just after midnight. Officers report that the driver came back an hour later. He was then placed under arrest for suspicion of felony hit and run as well as a number of outstanding warrants.
Our Costa Mesa accident lawyers understand that the risks for car accidents not only in California, but in the rest of the country, are on the rise. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), there were close to 22,000 people who were killed in traffic accidents across the country from the first of the year through the end of August. This is a number that's up about 7 percent from the same time period from the year before. During this time in 2011, we had only recorded about 20,000 fatalities.
Some people are saying that the increase is the result of a mild winter. With a calmer winter season, we got more opportune weather to travel in. With more travelers, we see higher risks for accidents. Others are saying that it's the improving economy that's fueling these accident stats. With people feeling more comfortable spending at the pump and feeling more comfortable with taking that vacation they had missed out on recent years, we also see higher risks for accidents. The slight easing of the recession appears to have added to the number of drivers, and miles driven. A different data set concludes that death numbers in California were already on the rise last year. State officials say they are awaiting more detailed data to find out why.
According to the most recent car accident statistics, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were close to 3,000 people who were killed in these incidents in the state of California in 2010. We continuously are ranked as the top state with the most traffic fatalities in the country. Of these accidents, there were close to 1,200 that happened in rural areas. Close to 1,600 happened in urban areas.
Many of these accidents could have been prevented, like the ones that involved a driver who was under the influence of alcohol. The NHTSA reports that more than 790 of these fatalities occurred in accidents in which at least once driver was legally drunk.
Another common cause of fatal accident accidents -- a cause that's completely avoidable -- is speeding. There were close to 1,000 people killed in car accidents that involved a speeding driver. The truth of the matter is that speed limits aren't there to slow us down. They've been researched and tested to make sure that we're all traveling at the safest and most efficient speed possible.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (800) 872-5925.
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