Getting involved in a car accident is a stressful experience for everyone involved -- even the at-fault driver. In the heat of the moment, a driver may make a poor decision and flee the scene of an accident. Although a person may want to avoid the consequences of causing a motor vehicle accident, it's illegal to leave the scene.
Not only can fleeing the scene of an accident contribute to criminal charges, but it could also contribute to a civil claim. Currently, one Colorado motorcyclist might be weighing the available legal options while law enforcement attempts to locate a hit-and-run driver who caused a recent accident.
According to police reports, a sedan collided with a motorcycle in the southbound lane of a Denver road. Immediately after the motorcycle accident, the car's driver just kept on going. The biker, however, suffered injuries. Although reports were sparing in details, it is known that the motorcyclist was brought to a local hospital for treatment.
Moving forward, the hope is that the at-fault driver is located. Reports indicate that the sedan has damage to its passenger side, where it made contact with the motorcycle.
Accident victims are forced to deal with pain, lost wages and medical expenses regardless of whether or not the at-fault driver remains at the scene of an accident. In cases where drivers are located, seeking compensation through a civil suit may be a clear option. Pursuing compensation for cases in which the responsible party isn't known might be a bit more complex. The important thing to know is that victims might be able to seek compensation through their own insurer. Regardless, seeking coverage in the wake of a motorcycle accident can be a confusing and frustrating process without helpful advice.
Source: CBS Denver, "Denver Police Search For Driver In Hit & Run Motorcycle Crash," Jan. 9, 2014