Hit and Run After Accident Involving Injury
The duties required of a driver involved in an accident with injuries are numerous.
If a driver is involved in an accident where another person is injured, she has a duty to immediately stop her vehicle at the scene, or as close to the scene as possible. If the driver stops as close to the scene as possible, rather than directly at the scene, she has a duty to return to the scene and remain there.
The driver further has a duty to give her name, address, and registration information, including presenting her driver’s license to the person struck, the driver, occupant, or person attending any vehicle collided with.
Additionally, a driver is required “where practical” to give assistance to an injured party, including carrying a person to a physician, surgeon, or hospital, or making arrangements to carry a person to a physician, surgeon, or hospital for medical or surgical treatment when it appears that the treatment is necessary or requested by the injured party.
A driver is also required to immediately notify the police of the accident. Failure to notify the police of the accident is a separate hit and run charge.
Hit and Run/Leaving the scene of an accident involving injuries is a Class 1 Misdemeanor Traffic Offense which carries a maximum one (1) year jail sentence and an “automatic revocation” of a driver’s license.
If you or a loved one has been charged with Hit and Run after an accident involving injuries, call Attorney Monte Robbins for a free case evaluation at 303-355-5148 or 970-301-5541. There are ten (10) Hit and Run laws in Colorado, some of which are subject to various interpretations. All cases and fact patterns are unique. Attorney Monte Robbins has extensive experience representing clients in many different factual situations involving Hit and Run.