When An Accident Becomes a Hit and Run
A hit-and-run is something that should be taken very seriously. It has severe legal consequences including the suspension or cancellation of one’s drivers license, imprisonment, and loss of insurance. A hit-and run is the act of causing or contributing to a traffic accident, such as colliding with a person or fixture, and failing to stop and identify oneself afterwards. By Colorado state law, the driver of any motor vehicle that has been involved in an accident or collision, regardless of the level of seriousness or damage, must stop, and exchange information with the victim, or owner of property that was affected. The driver’s documentation information must include:
- Full name
- Valid license number and state of issuance
- Vehicle identification number
- Insurance carrier’s name, address, and number
A failure to properly stop and exchange information can lead to a hit and run charge. Hit and run charges are classified as misdemeanors but additional serious charges often accompany a hit and run charge.
It is stressful being in any type of accident. Accidents that involve a hit and run cause the victim to go through a lot of emotional turbulence. Victims often have feelings of helplessness, anxiety, anger and fear once they figure out what has happened. What can a person do when involved in a hit and run accident? Each situation is different, which makes it hard to give specific advice. This is when it becomes helpful to contact an experienced hit and run lawyer. They will be able to answer your questions and guide you through the correct steps that are specific to your hit and run accident.
Actions to Take Following a Hit and Run Accident
Right after the accident occurs, try to record all of the information you can. This might be hard, however it is important to try to be able to provide a description of the vehicle that hit you. Also it is helpful to remember the make of the car, the model and color, or even license plate number. At very least write down the time and the location of the accident. Check to see if there was any witnesses around who can help you obtain more details of the accident.
Keep Your Self Safe After a Hit and Run Accident
It is tempting to run after or chase the person who hit you if you can. However, it is very dangerous to do so. You have no idea what state of mind the person might be, what they are thinking, or what actions will be taken once you’ve been spotted. After a hit and run accident, your adrenaline may cause you to act without using your usual caution. After you have been hit by a hit and run driver it is best for you to remain calm, record what you remember, and contact the police.
Call the Police After a Hit and Run Accident
It is always smart to call the police right after any kind of accident has occurred. By calling law enforcement you are able to file an accident report. This gives you a claim that you can rely on later in court.
Colorado Hit and Run Attorneys
The attorneys at Mike Hulen, PC have experience dealing with hit and run cases. If you are a victim in a hit and run accident it is vital that you have the right attorney representing you. You can expect to hear from many people after an accident report is filed. The police will call you, along with a criminal defense lawyer, and insurance companies. It is important that you know what to do when you are contacted. Our team understands your rights, and is able to help you through this legal process. We can work to protect your rights, and make sure you are given the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 303-932-8666 to set up a time for your free initial consultation.