When drivers in Colorado fail to stop after being involved in crashes, there are typically many questions and few answers. Fortunately, law enforcement ultimately catches up with many of the drivers who cause hit-and-run accidents. Although this will not undo the injuries or deaths suffered by victims, it simplifies the process if injured victims or surviving family members pursue claims for monetary damages.
One such an accident in Fort Collins recently claimed the life of a 38-year-old motorcyclist. Reportedly, the crash occurred on a recent Thursday morning. The biker was pronounced dead after he was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 25. According to the surviving wife of the motorcyclist, her husband’s motorcycle was struck from behind.
His wife says he wore his helmet when he rode home after viewing real estate that they were interested in purchasing. A report by the Colorado State Patrol indicates that the hit-and-run driver exited her car after the crash and fled on foot. Police soon tracked her down, and after her arrest, it was revealed that she appeared to be intoxicated, and had a history of several DUI arrests in the past.
In hit-and-run accidents such as this one in which the suspected driver is taken into custody, the surviving family members can proceed with the steps to pursue recovery of monetary damages. An experienced personal injury attorney can explain the legal process of filing and navigating a wrongful death lawsuit in a Colorado civil court. With the support and guidance of legal counsel, the financial burden brought about by end-of-life expenses, lost income and other damages may be eased.