Grand Junction Hit-and-Run Car Accident Attorneys
Were You Injured by a Driver Who Fled the Scene?
When your car crash was caused by another driver who fled the scene, it can be especially traumatic, and leave you wondering who’s going to pay for your medical bills, vehicle repairs, and other expenses. In theory, if the driver is never caught, your own insurance policy should cover you, but the process of filing a claim can be complicated, and insurance companies are never eager to hand out money.
That’s where a Grand Junction personal injury lawyer can be invaluable. Colorado has strict laws in place to protect victims, but in many cases, insurance companies will do everything they can to limit the amount they have to pay out. Our compassionate legal team has decades of experience taking on insurance companies, and we’ll do everything we can to ensure that you and your family are protected following a hit-and-run accident.
Contact Peters & Nolan, LLC, at (970) 243-4357 today to schedule a free evaluation.
Hit-and-Runs Happen More Often Than You Think
According to the AAA Foundation, there is a hit-and-run somewhere in the United States every minute of every day. This is a huge, costly problem for everyone involved in these collisions, including law enforcement officers, who have to investigate the crimes, and the insurance companies that have to pay for them. But of course, it’s the victims who suffer the most when there is no one to hold responsible for the damage to their cars and their injuries.
What Happens If the Driver Is Never Caught?
Colorado law forbids any person who is involved in an automobile accident to leave the scene, even if no one was injured. The only exceptions are if you are leaving to report the crash to the authorities (for instance, by going to a public phone), or you are in need of immediate medical attention.
Unfortunately, the law is not enough to stop some people from running. They may do so for a number of reasons; for example, because they already have a criminal record. The person may be caught, but in the meantime, you will need to rely on your own insurance to pay for the repairs to your vehicle. Many Coloradans have underinsured or uninsured motorist protection, which is intended to pay when the person who caused their collision does not have adequate insurance. Injured victims often need to rely on their personal health insurance. Sometimes, there may be other types of policies with coverage for you, such as if you were hit as a pedestrian.
No matter the situation, our trial attorneys may be able to help. We will work with law enforcement to try to track down the guilty party, and we can assist you in getting the proper compensation from your insurance companies.
What Happens If the Driver Is Caught or Turns Himself In?
Fleeing the scene of an accident is a crime, and the person will normally be prosecuted if he or she is caught. But rarely does a criminal prosecution do any good for you, the victim, other than knowing some justice was done. And if the person is not prosecuted or is found not guilty of a crime, that doesn’t mean they aren’t still responsible for your injuries.
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to assist you with filing a civil claim for the expenses associated with your accident, including your pain and suffering. At Peters and Nolan, LLC, we help victims get every penny they deserve. To learn more, give us a call today at (970) 243-4357.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.