Any traffic collision can be distressing and devastating. When the motorist who caused the accident flees the scene immediately after, however, the impacts can be far more difficult for injured people to deal with, especially when there may be little details regarding the identity of the negligent driver.

To try to prevent these situations and encourage motorists to stay at the scene following a crash, lawmakers have enhanced the severity of the criminal charges and potential penalties for hit-and-runs in Colorado.

This, tragically, has not seemed to impact what some are calling the “hit-and-run epidemic” in the state, as the following statistics and facts reveal.

A Closer Look at the Colorado Hit-and-Run Epidemic

  1. stop sign saying hit and run Over the past few years, hit-and-runs in CO have exponentially increased – In fact, from 2012 to 2013 (the most recent years for which complete data is currently available), the number of fatal hit-and-runs in Colorado doubled. Over this same timeframe in the city of Denver alone, there were an average of 17 hit-and-run accidents reported every day.
  2. Colorado ranks 10th in the U.S. for the most deadly hit-and-runs – This fact may better elucidate the scope of the problem, as far more fatal hit-and-runs occur in Colorado than 41 other states in the U.S. Among the handful of states with more deadly hit-and-run accidents than CO include California, Florida and Texas.
  3. About 1 in every 13 hit-and-runs in CO results in catastrophic or deadly injuries – In other words, about 8 percent of all hit-and-runs in the state cause some type of incapacitating trauma that may (and commonly does) result in death.
  4. About 2 in every 3 hit-and-run victims in CO are bicyclists or pedestrians – Tragically, when bicyclists and pedestrians are the victims of hit-and-runs, it’s far more likely that these victims sustain catastrophic injuries, as there is little to nothing to prevent their bodies from absorbing the full force of the crash impact.
  5. The majority of hit-and-run criminal cases in CO end in dismissals or no prison time for negligent drivers – When the drivers who cause hit-and-runs turn themselves in or are later identified and tracked down by law enforcement, most of these drivers will never see the inside of a jail cell. That’s because about 60 percent of hit-and-run cases involving serious bodily injury to victims end up being dismissed by the court (due to, in many cases, a lack of evidence).

Justice & Financial Recovery for the Victims of Hit-and-Runs: Contact a Denver Car Accident Lawyer at Bell & Pollock, P.C.

Although the above facts about hit-and-runs in Colorado are tragic – if not frustrating and unnerving, there may still be good news for victims when it comes to seeking justice and compensation for their injuries and losses. Specifically, injured people may be able to:

  • Obtain compensation from their own insurers (via uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage) when the negligent drivers cannot be located
  • Secure compensation via a civil case when the negligent motorists can be IDed and located.

To find out more about your best options for financial recovery following a hit-and-run accident, contact a Denver car accident attorney at Bell & Pollock, P.C. today by calling us at (303) 795-5900 or emailing our firm using the contact form on this page. During a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers, you will receive clear, honest legal advice about your case, your rights and your best options for moving forward.

From our offices conveniently located in Denver, Greenwood Village, and Steamboat Springs, our lawyers provide the highest quality legal services to injured people throughout the Denver metro area, Arapahoe County, Routt County and the state of Colorado.

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Call a trusted attorney at Bell & Pollock, P.C. at (303) 795-5900 to get on the road to recovery now. You can also email our firm via the contact firm on this page.

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Don’t delay your recovery for a second longer – and don’t be misguided into thinking that you have to go through the process alone. Our attorneys are here, ready to help – and you won’t have to pay us anything until (or unless) there is a recovery in your case.

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CASE: Client was injured by a drunk driver. As a result of the motor vehicle accident, client was rendered a quadriplegic and needed a life care plan.
Outcome: $9,600,000

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CASE: Neck and back injuries from car accident. Client had ongoing symptoms and needed injections for attempted remediation of pain.
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CASE: Client was injured in a 2 vehicle collision. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, concussion and multiple injuries to the neck.
Outcome: $6,000,000

CASE: Client was in her car and was T-Boned by a commercial vehicle. Her cerebral spinal fluid leaked and she suffered a concussion and traumatic brain injury with neck and lumbar (low back) injuries. Her neck injury caused radiating pain, numbness and tingling in her arms.
Outcome: $3,400,000

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Outcome: $2,300,000

CASE: Client was driving on South Parker road when another vehicle rapidly changed lanes and rear-ended the client. That vehicle was cited for careless driving. The collision caused a concussion with traumatic brain Injury. Client missed time from work and had a positive correlation between brain scan and neuropsychological test results.
Outcome: $950,000

CASE: Client was rear ended by a dump truck, was then knocked forward and hit another vehicle. Client had a concussion with traumatic brain injury. Client underwent a brain scan which showed hypoperfusion, correlated with her concussion symptoms. Client suffered neck injuries and injuries to her low back.
Outcome: $650,000

CASE: Client was rear-ended. The mechanism of injury from the forces in the collision caused her neck injury and at the same time, damaged her organs inside her throat. Client had swallowing and choking issues.
Outcome: $1,250,000

CASE: Client was in a motor vehicle accident. Both injections in the neck rendered some temporary relief. The Injections were transforaminal epidural steroid injections. Surgery was recommended on the lumbar (low back). The low back was injured by the forces in the collisions.
Outcome: $933,000

CASE: The client was driving in her car and was rear-ended thereby causing injuries to her lower back and neck. Client also suffered a concussion. Client had to undergo facet injections multiple times, through multiple procedures. Client also had cognitive issues which required cognitive training and therapy.
Outcome: $400,000

CASE: Client was entering a highway from an on ramp and was rear-ended by a commercial van. Client tested positive for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and failed conservative treatment. Client underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgey, which involved removal of the first rib to attempt to relieve pressure in the thoracic outlet. Client also suffered a back injury.
Outcome: $750,000

CASE: Client was injured by a drunk driver, who crossed the center line of the road. Client underwent multiple surgeries and could not work. Client was late 40s and needed a modified life care plan.
Outcome: $750,000

CASE: Client was rear ended by a tow truck driver who was a diabetic. The diabetic at fault party was a non-compliant diabetic and claimed he had a syncope episode, and was “blacked out”. Client had a preexisting back condition known and the forces from the collision aggravated, or made worse, the preexisting back condition in addition to, causing neck injuries.
Outcome: $350,000

CASE: Client was a passenger in a car where the driver fell asleep on a country road in the early morning hours. The car rolled multiple times. Client had eye injuries, facial injuries and neck and knee injuries.
Outcome: $850,000

CASE: Client was on the job, driving her own car, when she was rear-ended. She suffered a concussion with traumatic brain injury and pursued Workers Compensation Claim.
Outcome: $150,000

CASE: Client slipped and fell on snow and ice in Central City. He suffered back injuries, that did not require injections.
Outcome: $125,000

CASE: Client slipped and fell on snow and ice on a sidewalk in front of a business. She had to have knee surgery and multiple injections in her back.
Outcome: $175,000

CASE: Client was visiting a friend who was renting a house. Client tripped on untreated, dangerous section of deck and injured his back.
Outcome: $150,000

CASE:Client was rear ended and needed fusion spinal surgery. Insurance proceeds were limited.
Outcome: $125,000

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Settled for $65,000

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