The Denver metro area happens to be described as having a winner and run epidemic.
Throughout the first eleven months of 2014 (January-November) 446 hit and run accidents occurred in the 3 Denver metro cities of Aurora, Lakewood, and Denver. Sources estimate that equates to approximately 1.3 injuries per day. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (“CODOT”) reports found DENVER search engine optimisation, over fifty percent of fatal hit and run accidents in 2014 were alcohol related.
A hit and run accident occurs when the driver of a motor vehicle is involved with a major accident and fails to stop at the scene as required by C.R.S.§ 42-4-1601. A driver involved in a major accident must stop if the following occurs:
• Property damage;
• Injury to a person; and/or
• Death to a person
A hit and run accident can involve:
• Two moving vehicles (in other words. two cars, one car and another motorcycle, etc.)
• One moving vehicle and something parked vehicle
• One moving vehicle and a pedestrian
• One moving vehicle and a cyclist
• One moving vehicle and property (for example. livestock)
Colorado around Denver County law enforcement has been cracking down on perpetrators of hit and runs. Just last year, legislators created a program called the Medina Alert. The Medina Alert functions much like an Amber Alert. Essentially, the public is notified when a person is seriously injured during a winner and run accident. The public is encouraged to be on the lookout for the individual and vehicle described into the alert and contact police force. A Medina Alert led to the successful, prompt apprehension of a suspect in an October 2015 hit and run accident involving a pedestrian.
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