Just after 9 p.m. this past Sunday, a motorcycle rider was hit by a passenger vehicle at the intersection of 35th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, and the driver fled the scene before police arrived. Although law enforcement officials are currently looking for the driver responsible for the hit-and-run accident and are asking for the public’s help, there is very little to go on at this point, as police do not seem to have a license plate number of the vehicle involved in the accident.
The injured rider is reportedly recovering from serious (but not life-threatening) injuries in a local hospital. Police did not release any additional information about the identity of the injured rider due to the fact that the investigation of this hit-and-run accident is currently ongoing.
Why Drivers Flee: A Look at the Intentions behind a Hit-and-Run Accident
Although all motorists are required by law to stop at the scene of accidents, exchange the appropriate info and wait for police officers to respond, hit-and-runs still unfortunately occur – and, in many cases – some type of negligence is at the root of drivers’ poor choices to flee the scene.
More specifically, a driver responsible for causing a hit-and-run accident may flee because:
- He was intoxicated at the time of the accident and didn’t want to be arrested by police.
- He did not have a valid driver’s license and/or the required insurance at the time of the accident.
- He knew that he caused the hit-and-run accident and is trying to avoid having to take responsibility for the accident.
Regardless of why motorists may flee the scene and cause a hit-and-run accident, the fact remains that, if the motorists responsible for these accidents do end up being identified and caught, they can usually expect to:
- Be arrested and face criminal charges of fleeing the scene of a motor vehicle accident
- Face civil penalties if a victim of a hit-and-run accident ends up filing an accident lawsuit against the negligent motorist.
Compensation for a Hit-and-Run Accident Possible Even When Drivers Aren’t Caught
Even if the motorist responsible for causing a hit-and run accident is never caught, it’s important for the victims of these accidents to be aware of the fact that they still may be able to obtain compensation for their injuries and losses. In fact, injured parties who have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage can file claims with their own insurance companies and pursue compensation from them after hit-and-run accidents happen.
You Can Rely on a Denver Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm
Have you or a loved one been injured in a hit-and-run accident? If so, contact a Denver hit-and-run accident lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm.
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