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Denver Civil Remedies Remain for Hit-And-Run Victims Failed by Criminal Courts

It’s hard to imagine how a driver can cause serious physical injury or death to a pedestrian and not even stop the car to check on the person’s condition. Yet, after nearly 30 years as Denver personal injury attorneys, we know it’s a common phenomenon ― and one that’s increasing at an alarming rate.

As reported in a Denver Post article, area police reported 100 hit-and-run pedestrian cases between Jan. 1 and Aug. 17 of this year ― nearly four times the number of cases over the same period in 2009. More than one in every four auto-pedestrian accidents here is a hit-and-run, compared to a national rate of about one in five.

Just last year the Colorado legislature increased the penalties for hit-and-run cases involving death and serious injury. Convictions can now bring up to six years in prison ― but those convictions are hard to come by.

Case in point: Sixteen-year-old Devondrah “Dee” Bridgeman is struggling to walk and talk again after sustaining severe head trauma in a February 2013 hit-and-run. After waiting 19 hours to turn herself in, the driver claimed she was unaware that she’d hit someone. The judge didn’t believe her, yet her attorneys negotiated a plea deal combining probation and community service. And cases like this are becoming the rule, rather than the exception:

Dee Bridgeman’s family already faces more than a million dollars in medical bills. It will be interesting to see if a civil judgment will finally hold the driver accountable.

If you or a loved one has been victimized by a hit-and-run driver, a skilled Denver pedestrian accident attorney can stand up for your rights to justice and fair compensation.