Hit And Run Attorney
Even the most careful of drivers can cause or be involved in an accident. What happens after the accident can however determine your future in several ways. Although most drivers will stop to assist, some will drive off from the accident scene leaving you (the victim) with injuries and expenses to cover from the hit and run accident.
There’s no reason to panic if you or a loved one has been involved in a hit and run accident. Hiring an experienced Colorado Springs Hit and Run accident lawyer can help fight for justice to be served, and also ensure you get fair compensation for any damages that occur.
It’s The Law – Stop After An Accident
Colorado law requires one to stop as soon as possible in the case of an accident, and remain at the scene until an officer of the law arrives, investigates, and permits you to leave. In addition to this, the driver (at fault) should share his/her contact and insurance information with you (the victim).
Other laws may also require you to help those injured in an accident (as long as you are in a position to). Calling for an ambulance and waiting for help to come is considered enough in most cases. As the driver, you risk getting arrested and charged (for hit and run) if you do not stop after causing the accident.
Hit and Run Criminal Penalties
- If only property was damaged: This is considered a Class 2 misdemeanor punishable with up to $1000 in fine or 1-year jail term.
- If someone was injured from the accident: This is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable with up to $5000 in fine and/or 18 months in jail.
- If the accident resulted in bodily injuries: This is a Class 5 felony punishable with fines up to $500,000- or 18-months jail term.
- If someone dies from the accident: This is Class 3 felony attracting fines up to $750,000 and between 4- and 12-years prison sentence.
Felony Hit and Run Vs. Misdemeanor Charges
Felony charges carry a lot of weight with possible jail terms with even higher compensation for the victim. The felony can, however, only be charged if the victim sustained injuries from the accident unless the offender has a past criminal record of hit and run, evading an office, or other violations on his or her record.
What happens if the hit-and-run driver isn’t found or arrested?
In an instance where the perpetrator can not or has not been identified, your insurance company may be compelled to pay for the damages. The same applies where the motorist was either uninsured or underinsured.
Filing for such all on your own can be rather challenging and poses the risk of the claim not getting approved. This is why you need an experienced and competent Colorado Springs attorney to protect your rights in a hit and run case.
We Will Negotiate With Your Insurance Company
Working with a competent attorney, however, increases chances of getting the claim approved. Some insurance companies may decide not to pay for the damages or decline the claim for one reason or another. In this case, your attorney will contest their decision because the insurance company is acting in bad faith.
An insurance company may choose to reject your claim simply because they don’t want to pay out.. That said, it wouldn’t be advisable to take their answer and walk away with nothing but instead, have your attorney file a case against them.
It’s essential to have your attorney representing your interests before meeting with an insurance adjuster.
We have been battling insurance companies for many years and have helped clients get compensated fairly for injuries and other expenses.
We have helped clients recover money for:
- Doctor visits
- Physical pain
- Loss of income
- Funeral costs
- Burial expenses
- Emotional pain
- Physical disfigurement
Fighting for Your Legal Rights
You shouldn’t bear all the weight from a hit-and-run accident. It wasn’t your fault and you shouldn’t be unfairly penalized.
Have a good and reputable lawyer take your case to represent your rights and fight for what’s fair and just.
You also stand a better chance at getting fair compensation with an experienced attorney who understands the law. Jeremy Loew understands what your rights are, and can help you get the compensation you deserve.
The Law Office Of Jeremy Loew is ready to help you get the justice you deserve. Call us to book a free consultation now.
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