Denver Hit & Run Accident Attorney

Motor vehicle accidents can have far-reaching consequences that include injury and damage to your vehicle or other property. A hit and run accident can also cause inconvenience, stress, and frustration.

If the driver responsible for the accident flees the scene, it can add to the distress of the event, as there is no person at whom you can direct your claims for damages. As a result, you have no way to receive compensation for medical bills, car defects, and pain and suffering.

If you or a family member were involved in a hit-and-run accident, Bell & Pollock P.C. could help, even if law enforcement never apprehends the responsible person. We can provide you with legal solutions to cover your damage, even if the negligent driver is absent.

What is a Hit-and-Run Accident?

A hit-and-run accident is one where one of the involved parties flees the scene after the incident in an attempt to avoid responsibility. In almost all hit-and-run cases, the party who flees the scene is the one responsible for the accident. However, a person may also try to get away if they want to avoid prosecution for another misconduct, such as the possession of contraband.

There are different hit-and-run scenarios:

  • You park your car in a public area and walk away. A driver hits your car in your absence and drives off without you knowing their identity or when the incident occurred.
  • A driver hits your car while you are using the road. After the collision, the driver first assesses your condition and damage to your vehicle before leaving the scene.
  • The driver hits or clips your car and drives away without stopping.

In the above scenarios, the driver who played a prominent role in the accident failed to provide the required information. According to Colorado Law, any person who is involved in a road accident must provide the following to the other parties:

  • Legal name
  • Driver’s license and state of origin
  • Identification number of their vehicle
  • Their insurance carrier’s details, including the entity name, address, and contact information

If a person doesn’t stop to present the above information, they make themselves guilty of hit-and-run and may face a criminal charges and civil suit.

What to Do if You Were in a Hit-and-Run

If you were involved in a road accident, you might suffer from injuries and shock, which makes it difficult to take immediate action. However, by taking a few critical steps, you can increase the chances of a successful criminal prosecution and civil claim.

The first step is to seek immediate medical attention, even if there are no apparent injuries. If you are not able to call an ambulance, ask a bystander to do so.

Then, contact the police so they can start the process of finding the offender. Police will also begin preparing a report.

After contacting the authorities, try to remember the details of the incident. Information such as the make, color, model, and license plate of the vehicle that hit you can help law information to find and apprehend the offender. Try to get the contact details of eyewitnesses who may have the information you need for a successful case.

As the victim of a hit-and-run, you may be tempted to chase after the vehicle and apprehend them yourself. However, you may make yourself guilty of a traffic offense or another felony in the process. Additionally, trying to find the offender is also not as important as receiving emergency medical attention.

Who is the Liable Party in the Event of a Hit-and-Run?

When a person is in control of a vehicle and an accident happens because of negligence or a lack of care, that person is liable for the accident and responsible for any damages. For example, if person A suffers losses because of person B’s negligent driving, B is responsible for the compensation.

The problem with hit-and-run incidents is that the identity of the potential defendant is unknown, and there is no person against whom you can pursue claims for damages and injuries. The fact that the offending party is absent doesn’t mean that you become liable.

When law enforcement finds the negligent party, you will be able to proceed with a civil action like you would in the case of a typical road accident. However, the offender may face a criminal charge because they left the scene.

Have you or a loved one been injured in an accident? Call us for a free case evaluation.

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Why You Should Pursue Compensation

A car accident can have far-reaching consequences, with injuries being the most debilitating. Damage to your car can also result in repair costs and inconvenience, especially if its condition no longer allows for everyday use.

Typical car accident injuries include:

  • Back injuries
  • Bone fractures
  • Burn wounds
  • Deep lacerations
  • Internal organ damage or bleeding
  • Nerve damage
  • Spinal cord injury, which can result in paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injuries

If you or a loved one suffered injuries because of someone else’s negligent driving, you could claim for your medical expenses. An injury can also affect your ability to work and earn an income. In the case where you are no longer able to care for yourself and your dependents, you may also be able to claim for loss of income.

If the accident resulted in death, the victim’s family might successfully pursue compensation for loss of income and the emotional trauma of losing a loved one.

After a hit-and-run, you should pursue compensation to alleviate the financial toll on you and your family. You may also need compensation for intangible damages, such as loss of quality of life, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.

Don’t allow another person’s negligence to impact your well-being. Bell & Pollock P.C. will help you go through the process of claiming compensation from the negligent driver or insurance company.

Compensation Amount

When law enforcement establishes the identity and other information on the person who caused the accident, you can initiate a personal injury lawsuit against them, or you can negotiate a settlement with their insurance company.

The settlement amount you can expect to claim depends on several factors, including the circumstances of the incident and the damages you suffered. In cases where the plaintiff suffered severe personal injuries and extensive damage to their vehicle, they can claim thousands of dollars from the defendant.

There are many different types of damages in a car accident claim, including:

  • Medical expenses, such as ambulance costs, hospital stays, medication, rehabilitation, and surgery
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Property loss
  • Damages involving wrongful death

Before filing a claim, your attorney at Bell & Pollock will help you determine an appropriate compensation amount as a remedy for the damages you suffered as a result of the accident.

Filing a Lawsuit

When the police find the person who caused the accident, you can press criminal charges against them and file a civil claim for damages. In the state of Colorado, there is a three-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims, so you can still file a lawsuit for three years after the incident occurred.

Filing a civil claim requires an extensive legal knowledge, evidence in the form of pictures and documentation, and thorough preparation. Having a skilled attorney like Bell & Pollock on your side will increase your chances of filing a successful claim.

Ideally, you should also have adequate insurance coverage, so you don’t entirely depend on the outcome of the case.

Insurance Claims

If you were involved in a hit-and-run, insurance is crucial to, at least, pay for your medical expenses and restore your means of transportation. Having sound insurance coverage is particularly critical if the driver who is responsible for the accident is unidentified

Your insurance policy should be sufficient to cover some of the damages you incurred as a result of the accident. However, you can expect your insurance company to try and minimize these payments.

Bell & Pollock P.C – A Denver Hit & Run Accident Attorney

If you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident, Bell & Pollock can provide you with all the legal resources you need to file a successful claim for damages. Our legal solutions include a thorough investigation to gather evidence. Such an investigation involves collaborating with, among others, accident reconstruction and medical experts.

As your lawyers, we will also communicate and negotiate with insurance claims adjusters and the defendant on your behalf to maximize compensation. Additionally, we will also dispute your claim and represent your interests if the case goes before the court.

Contact Us

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.

As proud champions of the people, our lawyers are ready to answer your questions, explain the law and your rights, and help you take whatever steps necessary to recover the compensation you’re entitled to. With us in your corner, you can be confident that you have the legal support and representation necessary to successfully resolve your claim.

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

CASE: Against Insurance company for failure to pay for property damage after a gas and fire explosion.
Outcome: $1,600,000

CASE: Medical malpractice for failure to diagnose a descending aorta aneurism, resulting in death.
Outcome: $1,300,000

CASE: Neck and back injuries from car accident. Client had ongoing symptoms and needed injections for attempted remediation of pain.
Settled for $485,000

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

CASE: Client was driving on a rural road when another car crossed the center line and caused a head-on collision in the snow and ice. Client did physical work for a living. Both knees were injured, along with a neck injury.
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

CASE:Client was rear-ended and had to have rotator cuff surgery. Insurance proceeds were limited.
Settled for $65,000

CASE:Client was at Denver International Aiport traveling through Denver, slipped and fell and broke her ankle.
Settled for $118,750

CASE:Client was exposed to mold in a multi-family dwelling that was caused by leaking water.
Settled for $125,000

CASE:Motorcycle accident, reconstructive surgery, post-traumatic stress disorder, neurological injuries
Settled for $1,275,000

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