Hit & Run Accidents

HIT-AND-RUN CASES AND MISS-AND-RUN CASES

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. Everyone knows that a hit-and-run driver is one who directly causes a collision and then leaves the scene. However, many people are unaware that they have rights when a third-party causes a collision, even though that driver did not even come into contact with your car. These "miss-and-run" accidents are usually caused by someone cutting a vehicle off and leaving the scene, often without even knowing that there was an accident.

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 personally injury attorneys in Colorado can help. If you are injured as a result 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
  • 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 an 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.

For more information about our commitment to client service in serious car accident cases, contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney at Norton, Bowers & Hofstra, 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 revcover for you.