While any traffic accident can be as distressing as it may be devastating, the impacts can a lot more difficult to deal with when the driver responsible for causing a traffic accident flees the scene and leaves the victims behind.
In such cases of hit-and-runs, victims may be left with more questions and challenges than answers and help; however, they should be aware that:
- They have options for pursuing compensation and justice.
- A trusted Denver car accident lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm will be ready to aggressively advocate their rights and help them obtain the best possible outcomes to these cases.
To elucidate the issues associated with Colorado hit-and-runs, in this three-part blog series, we will discuss some important facts to know about these accidents.
If, however, your primary concern at the moment is recovering from your motor vehicle accident injuries, then you’re encouraged to contact the Cederberg Law Firm today to learn more about your best options for financial recovery.
Colorado Hit-and-Runs: Important Info to Know
Fact 1 – About 3 times every month, someone dies in a Colorado hit-and-run accident.
In fact, the statistics regarding Colorado hit-and-runs are alarming. As various research has found:
- A hit-and-run accident is reported to Denver law enforcement officials about 17 times every day.
- About 2 out of every 3 people killed in Colorado hit-and-runs are pedestrians or bicyclists.
- Between 2011 and 2013, at least one person was injured or killed in a hit-and-run accident on a daily basis in Denver, Aurora and/or Lakewood, the three biggest cities in the state.
- About 1 in every 13 Colorado hit-and-runs results in an incapacitating or fatal injury.
Fact 2 – Although the penalties for Colorado hit-and-runs have been getting harsher, the incidence of these accidents has been increasing.
In an effort to deter people from committing hit-and-runs, the laws regarding the criminal charges and potential penalties associated with fleeing the scene of an accident in Colorado have been getting increasingly harsh over the years.
Currently, in fact, the charges for fleeing the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury are Class 4 felony charges in Colorado. This means that drivers who commit Colorado hit-and-runs that result in serious injuries could end up facing as much as 6 years in prison if they are identified, caught and convicted.
Despite these possible charges and penalties, however – and despite the fact that overall number of traffic accident fatalities have been on the decline, researchers have found that Colorado hit-and-runs have been increasing. In particular, studies have indicated that, from 2011 to 2012 (the most recent years for which complete statistics are available), the incidence of Colorado hit-and-runs about doubled.
To get some more crucial info about Colorado hit-and-runs, be sure to read the second and third installments of this blog series. They’ll be published soon.
Contacting a Denver Car Accident Lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm
Have you been injured in a hit-and-run accident? Or have you lost a loved one to a fatal hit-and-run accident? If so, it’s time to contact an experienced Denver car accident lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm to learn more about how we can help you.
To meet with us at no cost or obligation to you, call us at 303-499-0449 or email us using the form at the side of the screen. In addition to offering free initial consults and contingency fee options, our lawyers make hospital visits to ensure that you have access to the legal support you need – whenever you need it.