Last week, the wife of Aurora’s fire chief entered a guilty plea in a felony hit-and-run case that left two children seriously injured. According to court documents associated with the case, the defendant – Adriene Garcia – was involved in a serious motor vehicle collision last May. She reportedly rear-ended a smaller passenger vehicle that was stopped at a traffic signal and then fled the scene of the accident.
When police responded to the scene, they found Garcia stopped in her SUV about 5 miles away, and the airbag in her vehicle had deployed. Witnesses at the scene had reported that Garcia seemed disoriented and dazed. Law enforcement officials later stated that this was likely due to brain injuries Garcia had sustained in a previous collision (rather than intoxication or drug-related impairment).
The two victims in this accident, two children, were rushed to the hospital for immediate medical care. One ended up sustaining a broken jaw.
Compensation after Hit-and-Run Accidents
Although Garcia has entered a guilty plea in her criminal hit-and-run accident case (and prosecutors reportedly aren’t seeking jail time for her), she may also have to face a civil case if the family of the victims chooses to pursue such action against Garcia.
While, in this hit-and-run case, the negligent motorist was identified and is being held responsible, it’s important to point out that victims of hit-and-run accidents can still possibly obtain compensation after these collisions:
- Even if the negligent driver is never identified and/or found; and
- As long as they have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage as part of their auto insurance coverage.
In fact, these policies typically offer motorists protections and coverage after hit-and-run accidents, so drivers can submit claims to their own insurers for financial recovery after car accidents. Here, however, we also want to note that:
- Just because drivers have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage does NOT necessarily mean that insurers will honor these policies.
- Insurers tend not to be on accident victims’ sides when it comes time to deal with claims, as insurers are generally more highly vested in protecting their own interests and profits. This can make obtaining compensation after hit-and-run accidents an uphill battle.
- To ensure your rights and interests are protected when dealing with insurers after hit-and-run (or any) accidents, trust your claim in the hands of the Denver car accident attorneys at Cederberg Law.
You Can Count on a Denver Car Accident Lawyer at Cederberg Law
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit-and-run accident – or in any type of motor vehicle accident, contact a Denver car accident lawyer at Cederberg Law to find out more about your best options for financial recovery.
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.