Colorado Springs Hit and Run Car Accident Attorney
The moments after a hit and run car accident are confusing. Imagine suffering an injury in a crash and looking up to see that the car who hit you has fled the scene. This can make an already difficult situation much more complex. Victims of hit and run drivers often struggle to get the support they need after a crash as they struggle physically, emotionally and financially.
There are ways for hit and run victims to get financial compensation if the driver is never caught. However, it may become challenging to deal with insurance companies on your own when you're recovering from injuries and trying to pay your bills. The experienced Colorado Springs car accident lawyers at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. know how to help you get the compensation you need after a devastating hit and run crash. Call us at (719) 475-2555 to find out how we can help you.
It is illegal for a driver in Colorado to leave the scene of an accident when someone has been injured. Under Colorado Statute 42-4-1601: "The driver of any vehicle directly involved in an accident resulting in injury to, serious bodily injury to, or death of any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident" and help the injured person.
After a car crash, the victim can go sue the insurance provider of the at-fault driver for financial compensation. Unfortunately, in a hit and run case there is no one to hold accountable for the damages and injuries suffered. Without information about the driver who fled the accident, victims may feel frustrated and unsure what to do next.
You should take the following steps after a hit and run:
- Call law enforcement and emergency medical personnel to get the assistance you need right away.
- Write down everything you remember about the vehicle and driver who left the scene.
- Gather contact information from anyone who witnessed the crash.
- Take photos of the scene and any parts or debris that may have been left behind by the car that left the scene.
- Get the medical attention, treatment and care you need.
- Contact a hit and run attorney
If police are able to track down and arrest the hit and run driver, the victim will have an opportunity to file a claim. A personal injury claim can be used to hold a hit and run driver accountable for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, the cost of rehabilitation and other related damages.
If the hit and run driver isn't found, a personal injury attorney can still help you get support for your losses. One way to recover damages after a hit and run crash is through the uninsured/underinsured motorist (UIM) clause of your auto insurance policy. Unless you put in writing that you do not want UIM protection, you probably already have it. UIM protection covers collisions involving uninsured and underinsured drivers. It also applies to accidents involving hit and run drivers.
A hit and run car accident lawyer in Colorado Springs can review your case and help you understand your options. Our attorneys will do everything we can to ensure your legal rights and best interests are protected. If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run crash, please call The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. at (719) 475-2555 to schedule your free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.