Colorado Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a hit-and-run accident, you should not have to pay out of pocket for your injuries, property damage, and other expenses. You have the right to take swift and decisive legal action against the person who hit you and failed to remain at the scene of the crash. With the right legal team on your side, you could secure compensation from the responsible party, or ensure that your own insurance company honors any uninsured/underinsured coverage that you have in place.
Our team of experienced Denver car accident attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group are ready to help those in need of legal representation after a hit-and-run accident. We understand that hit-and-run accidents can not only be traumatic but can also bring unwelcome expenses like medical costs and lost wages. We are committed to bringing those at fault to justice and getting you the compensation that you deserve. Call us today for a free and confidential consultation at (303) 331-6186. Learn how we can help as we discuss your case.
Why You Need a Lawyer
A lawyer is essential in a hit-and-run case because it may take time to locate the at-fault driver or they may be nowhere to be found. In these circumstances, you alone have to establish a strong case to your insurance company that will give you sufficient compensation. To make a good case, it is critical to gather evidence from the accident scene and from important documents such as medical records. Allow an attorney to take the lead on this entire process so you can focus on getting well.
A lawyer may also be able to find evidence that would otherwise be hard to spot, strengthening your case and making your path to compensation that much easier. Without an attorney, communicating with your insurance company and trying to get fair compensation can be difficult and stressful. Attorneys can effectively negotiate on your behalf and make the claim process with your insurance company smoother while ensuring that they fully understand and respect your rights.
Why Choose The Bourassa Law Group
Our team of attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group will do whatever it takes to get you the full amount of compensation that you deserve. We have experience in providing help for those who are involved in car accidents and are determined to do the same for you. We offer outstanding customer service to our clients and we hold this aspect of our business to be just as important as getting you a favorable result in your case.
We understand that a hit-and-run accident can be traumatic both physically and emotionally. Our goal is to help you make a smooth and full recovery while fighting for your rights against the insurance companies. We will work tirelessly to build the strongest claim possible for your case, and we will utilize our team of professionals, including medical providers, investigators, accident reconstruction experts, engineers, and expert witnesses so that you get the best help from not just our attorneys, but other qualified professionals as well.
Cases We Handle
At The Bourassa Law Group, we help victims in all types of hit-and-run accidents, including but not limited to:
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
Hit-and-run cases can present a challenging situation, but challenges can be limited by taking a thorough, well-considered approach. Fleeing the scene of a car accident brings serious consequences. The wrongdoer will be brought to justice if they are caught. In Colorado, a driver who flees the scene of an accident in which the victim is injured is a felony with possible incarceration. When building your case, some things to consider are the options you have for pursuing compensation, given that the perpetrator may be absent.
Following the accident, it is important to take note of all of the evidence that is available. If possible, it’s a good idea to take photos with your phone of all relevant details, such as the driver’s vehicle and their license plate number. In addition, filing a police report is a worthwhile step that can prove helpful in advancing your case. Taking legal action is a possibility but only if the police are able to find and identify the driver responsible for the accident. Even then, the person liable for the hit-and-run may be underinsured or may not even have insurance. Moreover, you will only be able to recover damages if the other party has sufficient monetary assets to compensate you with.
A common reason for people being underinsured or uninsured is simply because they don’t have the money to pay for insurance. If this turns out to be the case, the question remains of how you will get assistance for paying your medical bills. While your last resort may be paying for them yourself, you, fortunately, have many other options for receiving assistance. You may have the recourse of filing an uninsured/underinsured motorist claim with your own insurance provider. It is required in Colorado law for insurance companies to have this option available. This option gives the benefit of essentially “standing in” for the uninsured driver who hit your vehicle and fled the scene. Therefore, under this claim, the damages you are owed will be covered – damages that would otherwise be paid by the driver who was properly insured. Uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage pays for any bodily injuries that you or your passengers incurred.
Uninsured motorist property damage covers any damage to your vehicle that was incurred in the accident. In the case that your insurance company offers an uninsured motorist claim option but fails to deliver on their obligation to pay, they can be sued for “bad faith.” In this type of lawsuit, the insurance company is legally compelled to pay the damages that are owed as outlined in their agreement with you. In addition, they may owe punitive damages as well that are assessed for their wrongful conduct.
Unfortunately, in recent years the frequency of hit-and-run accidents and fatalities that result from them are increasing. In 2015, an estimate from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) puts the number of hit-and-run crashes in the US at 737,100. This total amounts to a hit-and-run crash occurring in the US roughly every 43 seconds.
In 2016, a total of 1,980 fatal hit-and-run crashes resulted in 2,049 fatalities, which was the highest total ever recorded since the NHTSA began marking statistics on fatal motor vehicle crashes in 1975. Of these fatal crashes, 1,398 of them were non-vehicle accidents, involving bicyclists or pedestrians, among others.
Hit-and-run accidents that have resulted in fatalities have been increasing at an average rate of 7.2% in the years between 2009 and 2016.
Between 2007 and 2017, the average amount of hit-and-run crashes that have resulted in a police report is a staggering 682,000.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Below we have provided some frequently asked questions about hit-and-run accidents and answers to address some common concerns that may arise in these cases.
Will a driver who flees the scene always be held completely at fault for an accident, even if I feel that I am partially at fault?
Fleeing the scene of an accident is a criminal offense, but it does not mean that a judge and jury will find the person who fled the scene to be completely liable for the accident. If it is judged that the plaintiff had partial responsibility for the accident occurring, any damages awarded to them will be reduced accordingly.
How can it be proved that a driver fled the scene of an accident if they deny responsibility?
If a driver denies that they were involved in an accident and fleeing the scene, an attorney can help with finding evidence in the investigation effort to prove their responsibility. Anything that you may have to identify them, along with testaments from witnesses who were present at the scene of the accident, can help greatly in proving their responsibility. An attorney can also potentially identify damage marks on the driver’s vehicle that can serve as evidence for their responsibility.
What types of compensation can I be awarded for a hit-and-run claim?
Depending on your situation, you may receive economic damages, which cover calculable amounts such as missed or lost income, medical expenses, and costs for repairing your vehicle. In addition, you may receive non-economic damages, which cover things such as unreasonable pain and suffering, or emotional distress. In some cases, there may be punitive damages assessed, such as if the driver was intoxicated when he hit your vehicle. The purpose of these is to discourage the defendant from repeating such behavior in the future.
Our experienced team of attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group will help you recover the full and fair compensation you deserve following a hit-and-run accident. If the person responsible is found, we will ensure that justice is brought to them and that you have a strong case if you choose to take legal action. If they are not found, we will relentlessly fight for your rights to your insurance company and make sure that you receive the full amount of compensation you are entitled to. Call us at (303) 331-6186 for a free consultation so we can discuss the best approach for your case.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.