Since I've been so focused on hit-and-runs lately, I wanted to try to figure out what the actual prevalence is of hit-and-run accidents in Chicago. The guys at Grid Chicago have been crunching crash numbers. They found that approximately 32.7% of reported auto/pedestrian crashes were hit-and-runs and 24.4% of auto/bicyclist collisions. This data was compiled from the calendar years 2005 through 2010.
The most interesting piece of data revealed that in 2010 the percentage of hit-and-run drivers in Chicago was more than twice that of the rest of the state. While Grid Chicago only had data from 2010 for the entire state, they were able to determine that over all reported accidents outside the City of Chicago there was a 12.3% rate of hit-and-runs, while in Chicago 31.4% of all reported accidents were hit-and-runs.
If you are involved in an accident in Chicago there is an almost one in three chance that the driver will flee the scene. It is ironic that pedestrians, the most vulnerable users of Illinois roadways, were at the highest risk of having a driver flee after a collision.
Thanks so much to Grid Chicago for crunching numbers.