Laws in every state forbid a motorist to leave the scene of an accident. Yet despite this, many drivers attempt to flee when they have caused an accident. This most often occurs in parking lots where a driver hits a parked vehicle and leaves without notifying the owner of that vehicle. However, sometimes a motorist will leave the scene of an accident involving major property damage or serious injury without calling for help or rendering aid to the injured persons. This is a serious felony offense—and one that could have life-threatening consequences for the injured accident victims.
Time is critical when someone has been injured. When a drivers flees the scene without rendering aid or calling for help, he or she is denying the injury victim of the opportunity to receive life-saving treatment from first responders. This delay in medical attention could severely worsen any condition and lead to death.
The types of injuries a victim might sustain include:
There are a number of reasons why someone would leave the scene of an accident. Some of the top reasons include:
A motorist operating a vehicle under these circumstance may panic after hitting another car and flee the scene to avoid repercussions. However, no reason justifies leaving the scene, and drivers may actually face stiffer penalties than if they had stayed.
Hit and run drivers could face criminal and civil charges. If convicted, hit and run drivers could face stiff fines and jail or prison time. Regardless of the outcome of the criminal trial, hit and run injury victims, or their families, may file for civil damages. A successful civil case could result in monetary awards for medical expenses, loss of earnings, property damage, and non-economic losses.
Punitive damages, in excess of a victim’s economic losses, may also be awarded to punish offenders for their grievous wrong-doing and to try to deter others from committing the same offense. Punitive damages are often awarded, in particular, when a victim’s injuries are worsened, or became fatal, because of the delay in medical attention.
If you or a loved one is the victim of a hit and run accident in Longmont or anywhere in the State of Colorado, please contact the law firm of Fuicelli & Lee immediately to schedule a no-obligation consultation. One of our experienced hit and run attorneys will be able to determine the best course of action to pursue in your situation, and achieve justice for you and your family.
For a free initial consultation with Longmont personal injury attorney Jess Cash and Fuicelli & Lee, P.C., send us an e-mail or call (720) 494-0444. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. It is simply the mission of every Longmont auto accident attorney on the Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. team to provide the best service possible.
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