A Denver Accident Lawyer Can Help After a Hit and Run Accident
If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident, the most important thing you need to know is this: You shouldn’t panic. We understand that you are concerned about securing compensation for your injuries, and we want you to know that you may still have options available.
Before you make any decisions, contact our Denver auto accident lawyers so that we can assess your case and exhaust your opportunities for recovering the compensation you deserve.
Filing a Claim if You Were Run Off of the Road By Another Driver in Denver
What if you weren’t actually hit by another driver, but another driver ran you off of the road? In this scenario, even though there wasn’t a collision, the other driver could still be liable for your injuries.
Proving that the other driver is to blame for your injuries and your vehicle’s damage may be challenging, but there are still options available. For example, maybe someone else witnessed the incident, or perhaps it was caught on video. When you choose Levine Law, a Denver hit and run accident lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation and determine if you can recover just compensation.
Filing a Hit-and-Run Claim as a Pedestrian or Bicyclist
What if you got hit while walking, running or riding your bicycle and the driver fled the scene? In this scenario, your legal rights are the same as they would be in the event of a vehicle-on-vehicle collision. You can file a claim under the driver’s insurance policy if your Denver hit and run accident attorney can make an identification; and, if you have auto insurance coverage, your insurance should cover your injuries in this situation as well.
Your lawyer can also determine if there are additional claims you can file. For example, if the road was poorly marked or poorly lit, you may have a claim against a state or local government agency. Or, if your bike’s brakes didn’t work or your helmet didn’t protect you, you could have a product liability claim against the manufacturer.
3 Ways Your Denver Hit and Run Accident Lawyer Can Pursue Compensation
As the victim of a Denver hit-and-run accident, there are potentially three ways that your auto accident attorney can recover compensation for your medical bills and other accident-related losses:
Identify the Hit-and-Run Driver
The first option is to identify the hit-and-run driver. Even though the driver who hit you fled the scene, it may still be possible to identify him or her through an exhaustive investigation. What details do you remember about the vehicle? Color? Make and model? What state was on the license plate? Do you remember any of the license plate numbers?
Even if you don’t know anything about the vehicle, our team can rely on a number of different sources to try to track down the hit-and-run driver. For example, maybe a witness saw the vehicle or recorded the accident on a dashcam. Maybe there were traffic cameras in the area. The driver may have even posted about the accident on social media.
File a Claim Against Another Liable Party
Another option that we pursue in all accident cases is to identify any other parties that may have played a role in the accident. Along with any other drivers involved in the collision, depending upon what happened, we may be able to help you recover compensation from:
- The government authority responsible for designing and maintaining the road
- A private contractor involved in the road’s construction or maintenance
- A maintenance or repair shop that performed shoddy work on your vehicle
- Your vehicle’s manufacturer or a component manufacturer
File an Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Claim
A third option for recovering compensation after a hit-and-run accident is to file a claim under your own uninsured/underinsured (UIM) motorist policy. From an insurance perspective, hit-and-run cases are treated similarly to cases involving accidents caused by uninsured motorists.
In a UIM insurance claim, your insurance company acts as though it is the other driver’s insurer. Essentially, it “stands in the shoes” of the hit-and-run driver’s insurance company. As a result, you will need to have evidence of fault and the extent of your injuries, and you will need to protect yourself against your insurance company’s efforts to have you settle for less than you deserve.
FAQs: Recovering Your Losses After a Hit-and-Run Accident in Denver
Should I Report My Hit-and-Run Accident to the Police?
Yes, if you were involved in a hit-and-run accident, you should report it to the police. If you did not call 911 from the scene, you can call the police department to file a report, or you can get a Denver hit and run accident lawyer to contact the police for you.
What if the Police Can’t Identify the Hit-and-Run Driver?
If the police can’t identify the hit-and-run driver, your Denver hit and run accident attorney may still be able to do so. The police are busy, and they can only devote so many resources to each case. At Levine Law, we have highly-experienced investigators who work to identify hit-and-run drivers through various means, and we encourage you to contact us even if the police have told you they don’t have any leads.
How Can I Determine if I have Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Insurance?
You can review your policy to determine if you have uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance, or you can contact your insurance company. You can also contact us, and one of our Denver hit and run accident lawyers will be happy to review your coverage.
How Much Can I Recover for My Hit-and-Run Accident in Colorado?
The amount you can recover for your hit-and-run accident depends on several different factors—including whether it is possible to identify the hit-and-run driver. The extent of your injuries, pain level, income, and whether any other issues (i.e., a dangerous road) played a role in the accident are all important factors. Our Denver hit and run accident attorney can accurately calculate your losses and seek the maximum compensation available.
Speak With a Denver Automobile Accident Lawyer at Levine Law
Regardless of the circumstances, if you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident in Denver, we encourage you to call our car accident attorneys so that we can help. We provide free consultations, and we do not charge any fees unless we secure a financial recovery. To find out what options you have available, call us at 303-333-8000 or tell us what happened online today.