Why Do Drivers Flee?
Drivers may flee the scene of an automobile wreck for many reasons, but the majority of them are usually trying to avoid responsibility, civil liability, and/or criminal charges. While there are many reasons for someone leaving the scene, here are a few of the more common examples:
- Underage driver – scared of being in trouble
- Drinking and Driving – scared of being arrested for a DUI
- Possession of Illegal Drugs or firearms
- Possession of stolen goods or stolen vehicle
- Elderly drivers uncertain and confused as to what happened
- The driver who was driving without insurance or license
- Someone who has a warrant for their arrest
Even though there may be a number of reasons why a driver would leave the scene of a collision---in the state of Colorado it is illegal to do so. If located, hit-and-run drivers may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony for leaving the scene. This charge would be in addition to the underlying charge for causing the wreck.
If you or someone you love was involved in an automobile collision with a hit-and-run-driver or miss-and-run driver, you need to notify the police IMMEDIATELY!! You will likely need an aggressive Colorado personal injury automobile accident attorney to explain your rights under uninsured motorist coverage or your possible right to victims' compensation funds.