Colorado Hit and Run Bill PassesPersonal Injury | 05.21.14
If you are involved in an accident of any kind, it is against the law to leave the scene without rendering aid or waiting for police. If you do leave the scene of an accident, especially one that involves injuries, you could face serious criminal charges. Sadly, Colorado hit and run auto accidents have been on the rise in recent years. Now, lawmakers are attempting to do something about it.
In May 2014, the Colorado House of Representatives approved a bill unanimously; allowing the Colorado Statute of Limitations to be doubled to 10 years for fatal hit and run accidents. Anyone who drives on Colorado roads has a duty to remain at the scene of an accident, lend aid to injuries parties, and wait for police officials. Failure to do so could be fatal for injured accident victims and will now result in serious felony criminal charges being filed against you. If the hit and run accident results in death, it is considered a class 3 felony and will be punishable with 4 to 12 years in prison as well as fines that could reach up to $750,000.
The Difference Between Life and Death
When an injury accident occurs, victims often need medical attention as soon as possible. In many cases, even minutes of delayed medical care could mean the difference between life and death. Yet, when a hit and run accident occurs, injured accident victims could wait hours before someone discovers the accident. In that time, injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding, and spinal cord injuries, may have complicated their prognosis—and lessened their chances of a full recovery.
Hit and run accidents can happen to anyone and because they happen within the blink of an eye, victims rarely have a chance to recognize the make and model of the car, not to mention write down a license plate number. As a result, hit and run accidents often take time to solve, and many times, the perpetrator is never found.
If you have been involved in a Boulder hit and run accident, you may have many questions running through your mind. Who will pay your medical expenses? Who will take care of your family? How will you work? Unfortunately, unless the hit and run driver is found, those questions may be difficult to answer. An experienced Boulder car accident attorney can help you find answers to those questions. In many cases, you may be able to collect compensation from your own insurance company.
Contact Boulder Car Accident Attorneys
If you or someone you love is injured in a car accident in Boulder, Broomfield, Longmont, Westminster, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, you need an experienced Boulder car accident lawyer on your side. The injury attorneys at Goff & Goff are available 24/7 to review your case. Send a message or call us today at 303-415-9688 for a free initial consultation.