Leaving the scene of an accident, also called a
"hit and run," is a punishable offense in the state of Colorado. It can also present
complications for victims of these car accidents, as they have no one
to file a claim against until the perpetrator is found. An interesting
statistic released just this August said that less than half of all people
convicted of hit and runs in Colorado are actually sentenced to prison
time and roughly 61 percent of all hit and run charges are dismissed.
Colorado's hit and run laws can be found in § 42-4-1601 through
§ 42-4-1607. According to these statutes, any driver involved in an accident resulting
in property damage, injury to or the death of another individual must
stop immediately and remain at the scene of the accident until they give
their name, address, vehicle registration number and show their driver's
license. The law also requires those involved in accidents to render aid
where aid is needed.
- Hit and run involving injury to another person – class 1 misdemeanor
- Hit and run resulting in serious injury to another person – class 4 felony
- Hit and run resulting in the death of another – class 3 felony
Hit and run offenses also warrant driver's license revocation. Recently,
the Colorado legislature passed laws that made the penalties more severe
for hit and run offenders. Convicted of a
DUI involving serious bodily injury or death? You could be looking at up to
six years in prison. Still, a majority of those arrested and charged with
hit and run are able to arrange a plea bargain that doesn't involve prison.
Those convicted of hit and run, even if they do not face prison time, will
have to pay victim restitution. In addition to this, hit and run victims
are usually entitled to
insurance money to cover their medical, emotional and financial losses. Whether you've
been arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident in Colorado
or you're the victim of a hit and run accident, our firm can help.
Contact Clawson & Clawson, LLP today for a free case evaluation.