Hit & Run Accidents

HIT-AND-RUN CASES vs. MISS-AND-RUN

While drivers are required by law to remain at the scene of the collision until the proper police authorities arrive, this does not always happen. There are two types of accidents in particular where people leave the scene. Most commonly known is a hit-and-run driver that directly causes a collision and then leaves the scene. However, many people are unaware of the term "miss-and-run" - these types of accidents are usually caused by someone cutting a vehicle off and leaving the scene, often without even knowing that they caused an accident. Victims in both types of incidents have rights.

If a negligent driver leaves the scene, he can face serious legal charges. If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, the first thing that may be going through your mind is ---- What now? Luckily, one of our Aurora-based personal injury attorneys can help. If you are injured as a result of another driver's negligence, who has left the scene, you will need an aggressive automobile accident attorney to properly investigate your case and help bring your hit-and-run driver or miss-and-run driver justice.

 

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 several 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.

Hit and Run Attorneys in Colorado

For more information about our commitment to client service in serious car accident cases, contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney at Western States Law, P.C., by calling 303-400-8100. Home, evening, telephone, and weekend appointments are available. Your initial case evaluation is free and there is no attorney's fee unless, and until, we recover for you.