While automobiles have become paramount to the functionality of modern society, it is a tragic truth that automobile accidents are commonplace. In the United States, there are around 38,000 fatal car accidents annually, which averages out to around 102 tragic fatalities each day. Worldwide, 1.35 million people are killed in automobile accidents. Unfortunately, some of these accidents occur in the form of hit-and-runs, meaning that many of the drivers escape and are never brought to justice.
In fact, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, deaths from hit-and-run crashes are at an all-time high. This infographic provides data that can inform communities on where the most focus for change is needed. According to the data analysis, McKinley County in New Mexico has the most fatal hit-and-run accidents per capita at a rate of 22.419 per 100,000 people. St. Louis, Missouri is close behind with 19.296 hit-and-run fatalities per 100,000 people.