Oregon Hit and Run Statistics
The Oregon Department of Transportation has been keeping track of hit and run collisions as much as possible, but it’s important to note that many of these are not reported and the drivers are never found. Despite this, these numbers can give us all a better idea of the widespread epidemic of hit and runs in Oregon. The most recent Oregon hit and run statistics available are for 2010-2011.
Here’s some interesting Oregon statistics:
- In 2010, there were 1,765 reported hit and runs. In 2011, there were 2,446.
- The two most common days of the week to experience a hit and run crash are Friday and Saturday (no surprise – more drivers out late, more drunk driving crashes, etc.)
- The most common time of day for hit and run crashes is between 5pm and 6pm – which is commonly referred to as “rush hour.”
- In 2011, there were 16 people killed in hit and run crashes and 1,408 people injured.
- In 2011, there were 1,419 crashes that resulted in property damage only.
- 9 of the 16 fatal crashes in 2011 were the result of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian, the most common type of fatal hit and run.
- The three counties in Oregon with the highest number of fatal and injury hit and run crashes in 2011 were Lane County (91), Washington County (103) and Multnomah (448).
- The most common type of hit and run crashes are rear-end accidents.
Note: all of these statistics are taken from the ODOT’s Transportation Development Division’s Transportation Data Section – Crash Analysis and Reporting Unit (CDS210, 190, 150, 200, 192).
Here are some national statistics:
- One in five fatal pedestrian crashes were caused by hit and run drivers (according to the NHTSA’s National Pedestrian Crash Report).
- The AAA Foundation of Traffic Safety found that unlicensed drivers are 66.36 times more likely to hit and run than licensed drivers. The odds also increase exponentially if the driver is intoxicated.
- AAA also found that approximately 11% of all crashes reported to police involve a hit and run driver.