Hit-and-Run Accidents in Colorado are Increasing
According to a USA Today article
, hit-and-run accidents are up across the nation. Between 2009 and 2011, hit-and-run accidents across the United States rose by more than 13%. Following in the footsteps of Texas, Florida and Arizona—states which have worked to close loopholes and increase penalties associated with hit-and-run accidents—the state of Colorado enacted a law making a hit-and-run crash resulting in serious bodily injury a Class 4 felony. Colorado hit-and-run accident
facts include the following:
- As of December 10, 2014, 22 people in Colorado had been killed by hit and run drivers, while 18 people died in 2013 as the result of a hit-and-run driver.
- The Denver metro area in particular has experienced a jump in injuries related to hit-and-run drivers.
- In Lakewood, Aurora and Denver, there were 446 injury hit-and-runs during the first eleven months of 2014.
- Taking all hit-and-runs accidents into account (car damage only, injuries and fatalities), 306 hit-and-runs occurred on Federal Boulevard alone during 2014, making the street the most dangerous for hit-and-runs in the City and County of Denver.
- More than half of all the hit-and-run fatalities in Colorado between the years 2008 and 2013 were pedestrians. At least half of these pedestrians were considered to be at least somewhat responsible for the accident because they were jaywalking or otherwise engaging in dangerous behaviors which contributed to the accident.
- In 2014 two-thirds of all fatal hit-and-run accidents in Colorado contained an alcohol-related component.
- Colorado ranks tenth in the nation for hit-and-run fatalities per capita.
Hit and run accidents are usually very severe and accident victims are often left on their own to handle these horrific injuries. Even once 911 is called, however, these injuries may have worsened to life-threatening conditions. Even worse, if the responsible party is never found, injured hit and run accident victims may be forced to turn to their own insurance companies for compensation. Yet, without a lawyer on their side, insurance companies are often reluctant to pay claims quickly – if even at all.
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