According to Colorado law, any vehicle operator who is involved in a crash must remain at the accident scene and render aid. Furthermore, the law requires every driver to have insurance to cover bodily injury to others in the case of an accident. While these laws are meant to protect victims of hit-and-run accidents, it does not stop them from happening.
A report by the Denver Police Department indicates that a vehicle struck three pedestrians on a recent Sunday afternoon. Reportedly, the incident occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. at a parking garage entrance in downtown Denver. Three pedestrians were transported to the hospital, one of whom was said to be seriously injured. The nature of the injuries to the other two was not mentioned.
Police say the driver failed to remain at the scene, but that person was later located. No indication was given of pending charges, and police reported that the act appeared to have been unintentional. Law enforcement closed off the area during the duration of the accident investigation.
Injured victims of hit-and-run accidents in Denver have the same rights as any other crash victims, even if the driver is not located. As in this case, hit-and-run drivers are found in many cases, in which case an experienced personal injury attorney can assist with the process of filing a personal injury lawsuit against him or her in pursuit of financial relief. However, if they remain at large, their victims may not realize that a lawyer might be able to find a way to get coverage of damages. It could be through their insurance, third-party coverage, their homeowner’s policy or uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance.
Source: FOX31 Denver, “3 injured after hit-and-run at 15th and Stout“, Nov. 26, 2017