— KHQ Stephanie Stevenson (@KhqStevenson) August 13, 2018
A hit-and-run collision in South Hill sent one cyclist to the hospital on August 12, 2018.
According to KHQ-Q6, this crash happened in the evening at the intersection of 6th and Bishop Court. Allegedly, a driver quickly turned his or her car, hit the cyclist, and drove away. First-responders quickly transported the cyclist to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Eyewitnesses claim the car involved in this crash was a dark-colored sedan with Idaho license plates. Local police urge anyone with information on this crash to call (509) 456-2233.
USA Hit-And-Run Deaths At All-Time Highs
An alarming new study out of AAA found that hit-and-run fatalities in the USA are at all-time highs. In 2016, almost 2,050 Americans lost their lives in hit-and-run crashes. That’s a 60 percent rise from fatality figures in 2009.
Pedestrians and cyclists were far more likely to die in hit-and-run crashes than motorists. AAA said 65 percent of all hit-and-run fatalities were either pedestrians or bicyclists.
Distracted driving, especially texting while driving, is a major contributor to this rise in hit-and-runs. Other common reasons behind hit-and-runs include DUI and drivers fatigue.
To better understand Washington State’s laws regarding hit-and-run accidents, please check out this link to the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) section 46.52.010.
CCD Law Can Help Hit-And-Run Victims
No matter how careful you are while cycling around Spokane, you can never know when one negligent driver will swerve into your path. Although we hope you never experience the horror of a hit-and-run crash, please know the legal team of Crary, Clark, Domanico & Chuang, PS offers free consultations to crash victims of all types.
Even if the police can’t catch the driver involved in your hit-and-run crash, please give CCD Law a call. All consultations are free and confidential, so you have nothing to lose speaking with one of our compassionate attorneys. You can reach our offices by dialing the number (509) 926-4900.