Hit and Run After Accident Involving Serious Injury
A driver who is involved in an accident and fails to stop his vehicle at the scene or return to the scene after stopping his vehicle as close to the scene as possible will be charged with a Class 5 Felony.
Serious bodily injury means an injury that involves a substantial risk of death, a substantial risk of loss or impairment of any body part or organ, or a substantial risk of permanent disfigurement. Serious bodily injury also includes 2nd or 3rd degree burns and breaks and fractures.
The notice, information, and aid requirements of Hit and Run Involving Serious Injury are identical to the requirements of Hit and Run Involving Injury. These include providing the driver’s name, driver’s license upon request, registration information, and the driver’s address. The requirement that the driver must produce his driver’s license applies not only to the person struck, but the driver, occupant, or person attending any vehicle collided with.
A driver must also assist any injured person by carrying them to, or making arrangements to carry them to, a surgeon, physician, or hospital if it is apparent that such medical treatment is necessary or if the injured person requests it.
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 After Accident Involving Serious Injury is a criminal offense which carries a maximum penalty of three (3) years in prison with two (2) years mandatory parole. Additionally, a driver is subject to an automatic driver’s license revocation at the Division of Motor Vehicles.
If you or a loved one has been charged with Hit and Run with Serious Bodily Injury, contact Attorney Monte Robbins for a free case evaluation at 303-355-5148, 970-301-5541, or toll-free at 1-888-DUI-COLO.