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