Imagine being hit by another driver, pulling over to exchange information and wait for law enforcement, and then watching as the driver that hit you speeds away. This scenario happens every day in Colorado and there are several things you can do to protect yourself.
- Document everything. Anytime you are in an accident, you will want to obtain as much information as possible. If you are able, take a photo of the license plate, the vehicle, or the driver. Even if you do not have time to take a photo or write down a license plate, try to remember as many details as possible.
- Call the police immediately. If you are hit by a driver who then leaves the scene, be sure to call the police immediately to make a report. You will want to provide the police with all the information you the police can try to locate and arrest the driver who left. Leaving the scene of an accident is a crime and can even be a felony in cases in which someone is seriously injured so it is important that the police are notified immediately.
- Seek medical attention. If you are injured, you should seek medical attention immediately. Frequently, people suffer serious injuries in motor vehicle accident including whiplash, broken bones, back injuries, neck injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.
- Call an attorney. Hit and run accident victims sometimes think there is nothing that can be done if they were injured in a hit and run accident. However, the experienced attorneys at Kidneigh & Kaufman may still be able to help you, even if the other driver is not found. In some cases, injured victims can make a claim through their own insurance company through their uninsured motorist coverage. You will want to call an attorney soon after the accident to see if they can help you. At Kidneigh & Kaufman, attorney Charles G. Crichton is a former prosecutor who handled many hit-and-run cases during his career and knows how these cases are prosecuted and what evidence to obtain.
If you, a family member, or friend have had the misfortune of being injured in a hit and run accident, our lawyers welcome the opportunity to help you. In some cases, you may be able to pursue and recover punitive damages against someone who left the scene of an accident. You also may be able to obtain compensation through your own insurance even if you cannot locate the driver who caused the accident. The attorneys at Kidneigh & Kaufman, P.C. are experienced at handling hit and run cases and know to obtain compensation for injured victims. Contact Kidneigh & Kaufman today to schedule your free consultation.