Hit-and-run accidents are happening so often in Tennessee that they are becoming a common occurrence. People who are involved in these situations often find themselves dealing with a wide range of consequences that are often life-altering and devastating. Drivers should make themselves more aware of the potential ramifications of this type of situation so they can take measures to avoid them.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, there were 892 fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2014. Nine percent of those who died were pedestrians. The percent of occupants who were in passenger cars at the time of those incidents attributed was 43. Alcohol, distracted-driving and other factors all contribute to the number and severity of hit-and-run accidents.

Drivers who flee from the scene of accidents are not making the situations better. In their quest to avoid responsibility for their actions, they are leaving behind a trail of chaos and heartache for many victims and their families. Not all fender benders that occur in this type of situation results in minor injuries. Some victims are left critically injured and may require ongoing medical care and support for the rest of their lives.

The number of traffic deaths is declining, but there is a significant uptick in the number of hit-and-run occurrences, states USA Today. Motorists who crash into the vehicles of other drivers and then leave the scene are not acting responsibly. They are not exercising proper driving judgment and they are inadvertently putting other motorists on the roads at risk for harm.

It is imperative for people who are involved in hit-and-run accidents to try and get as much information as they can regarding drivers who collide with their cars. Along with getting descriptions of those motorists, they should try to remember the makes and models of their vehicles and plate numbers. Providing law enforcement with these details can lead to their apprehension and make the roads a safer place.