Being involved in a car accident is stressful. However, when the other driver flees the accident scene, a stressful situation becomes a source of frustration and anger. Drivers in Colorado are required to remain at the accident scene. When a driver leaves, they can face criminal charges, in addition to being held financially liable for the damage they caused.
If you were injured in a hit-and-run accident, contact our Denver car accident lawyers for a free consultation at 1-800-ATTORNEY. We are here to help you seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Remain at the accident scene and call 911 for help. Give the emergency operator as many details about the hit-and-run vehicle and driver as you can remember. While you are waiting for the police to arrive, try to write down as much as you recall about the vehicle and the driver. Even the smallest detail could be helpful when the police investigate the accident.
If eyewitnesses stop to offer aid, make sure to ask for their names and contact information. They might leave before the police take their statement. The witnesses could have information that could help law enforcement officers search for the hit-and-run driver.
Go to the emergency room or see your doctor as soon as possible after the accident. Documenting physical injuries after a car accident is crucial for recovering maximum compensation for injuries and damages.
Notify your insurance provider and verify whether you have uninsured motorist coverage. Keep detailed notes about all conversations you have with the police officers and your insurance company.
The police officers try to find the hit-and-run driver. Their investigation might include interviewing eyewitnesses, reviewing video from traffic cameras, and searching for other video evidence from nearby surveillance cameras.
If law enforcement officers identify the hit-and-run driver, an accident claim can be filed with the hit-and-run driver’s insurance company. You must prove that the hit-and-run driver caused the accident and that you suffered damages to recover compensation. Unfortunately, the driver might not have insurance coverage, or the police might not locate the driver.
Your uninsured motorist coverage compensates you when an uninsured driver causes an accident that results in your injuries. It also applies to hit-and-run accidents. If the driver is never located, you may receive compensation under your uninsured motorist coverage if you prove that the hit-and-run driver caused the crash, which resulted in your injuries and damages.
Damages in a hit-and-run accident include:
Our Denver hit-and-run accident lawyers work diligently to help the police locate the driver who caused the car accident. We identify all insurance policies that might provide coverage for the accident and file the necessary claims. Our legal team documents your damages to maximize compensation regardless of whether you were hit by a car, motorcycle, or truck.
If the insurance company refuses to negotiate a settlement in good faith, we are prepared to take the matter to trial to protect your best interests.
A hit-and-run accident can cause catastrophic injuries. However, recovering compensation for your injuries and damages can be challenging. Our Denver hit-and-run accident lawyers are here to help. Regardless of whether you are filing a liability claim against the other driver or an uninsured motorist claim against your insurance, we strongly urge you to seek legal advice before providing statements or agreeing to the settlement terms.
At the Bendinelli Law Firm, our Denver personal injury attorneys want you to concentrate on recovering from your injuries and adjusting to your day-to-day activities, while our attorneys take care of the complicated legal issues and deal with the insurance company.
Put our experience to work for you and contact us today for your confidential and free consultation.