Losing an elderly loved one to natural causes is typically less traumatic than when the negligence of another party causes his or her death. It might be the case for the surviving family members of an 82-year-old man who lost his life when a vehicle in Denver struck him earlier this month. This was one of those hit-and-run accidents in which the at-fault driver was located by law enforcement within hours.
The understandable trauma following the loss of a loved one in an auto-pedestrian accident is exacerbated if the driver of the vehicle fails to remain at the scene of the crash. Hit-and-run accidents could delay any civil lawsuits in pursuit of financial relief until law enforcement catches up with the driver or the driver surrenders. This is what happened after a recent fatal accident in Colorado.
Colorado police are looking for the driver of a car that caused the tragic death of a visitor to Denver from another state. A report by the Denver Police Department indicates that 14 fatalities in hit-and-run accidents were recorded this year, compared to seven last year and four in 2016. Reportedly, law enforcement has caught up with all but five of the 2018 hit-and-run perpetrators.
When pedestrians are struck and killed by automobiles, their surviving family members would understandably be upset to learn that the driver believed responsible for the fatal crash failed to stop and assist the victim. The trauma could be exacerbated if the driver is suspected of having been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. Sadly, hit-and-run accidents are not unusual occurrences in Colorado.
Leaving the scene of an accident can have severe consequences for a driver and make life difficult for the victims. Fortunately, Colorado law enforcement typically catches up soon with drivers who were involved in hit-and-run accidents. A driver in Aurora was recently taken into custody within 15 minutes after leaving crash scenes twice, causing the death of a woman in the second incident.
Victims of automobile accidents in Colorado typically have the opportunity to pursue financial relief if the negligence of another party caused the crash. This might become complicated if the at-fault driver failed to remain at the scene. Victims of hit and run accidents may have to rely on their insurance coverage to provide financial relief.
A Colorado motorcyclist lost his life in the early morning hours of a recent Sunday. Denver police say this was a hit-and-run accident that involved a pickup truck, a car and the motorcycle. Reportedly, the incident occurred on Interstate 25.
Colorado laws require any driver who is involved in an accident to remain at the scene to render aid where necessary. However, some drivers decide to leave accident scenes for various reasons. Hit-and-run accidents can make it challenging for injured victims to recover damages, but not impossible. Police in Denver asked witnesses to a recent accident to come forward with information that might help to identify the at-fault driver.
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.
The Colorado Springs Police Department reports that there were 28 fatalities in traffic-related incidents by this time of the year in 2016. On a recent Sunday, a UCCS student became the 31st person to die in an accident this year. This was one of those tragic hit-and-run accidents that resulted in an innocent person's death.