Hit and run collisions seem to increase this time of year. It gets dark earlier and the rain makes it difficult to see pedestrians. It makes sense that the number of accidents increases. But weather and visibility don’t explain or justify drivers leaving the scene after hitting a pedestrian, bicyclist or vehicle.
A recent case illustrates the point. KOMO News reported:
Jeff Kearney was hit while walking across a crosswalk on 16th Avenue Southwest in White Center. The vehicle hit Kearney so hard that its side mirror sheered off. But police say the driver slowed for just a moment before speeding off.
First, I think that hit and run collisions increase this time of year because (a) people drink more around the holidays and (b) the same factors which increase collisions due to decreased visibility also provide an opportunity for drivers to leave the scene of a collision undetected.
Second, UM/UIM (Uninsured Motorist/Under Insured Motorist) insurance covers hit and run collisions. Even collisions with pedestrians. Buy as much UM/UIM coverage as you can afford. It’s not expensive and provides excellent coverage in case a drunk driver runs from the scene of a collision.