Hit-and-Run Crashes: Prevalence, Contributing Factors and Countermeasures

Hit-and-run crashes and fatalities rates have been increasing at an alarming rate.

April 2018

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More than one hit-and-run crash happens somewhere in the U.S. every minute. The 2,049 fatalities that resulted from hit-and-run crashes in 2016 were the highest number ever recorded. This report analyzes recent crash data, reviews the existing literature on this phenomenon, and discusses existing countermeasures.

Key Findings


Analyzed fatal, injury, and non-injury crash data from the FARS and GES data sets going back to 2006.



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Aaron Benson

Associate Researcher, Traffic Research Group

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Lindsay Arnold

Researcher, Traffic Research Group

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Brian Tefft

Senior Researcher, Traffic Research Group

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

William J. Horrey

Group Leader, Traffic Research Group

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety