On Tuesday March 25th, Governor Hickenlooper signed the Hit and Run Medina Alert Program into law. The law is the only one of its kind in the country, and will no doubt help bring swift justice to victims of hit and run accidents when a life threatening injury has occurred.
The Hit And Run Medina Alert Program operates in the same fashion as Amber Alerts: if there is a hit and run accident that has caused a life threatening injury to a person, the media is alerted and bulletins are posted on electronic highway signs with as much information of the fleeing vehicle as possible.
This law deals directly with a problem we face every day, hit and run accidents. Hit and run accidents are some of the most frustrating accidents to deal with from a litigation perspective.
When you are the victim of a hit and run accident, and you have no discernible way of identifying the negligent driver or vehicle, there is no way to make a claim against the negligent driver’s insurance. You are left to make a claim with your own insurance company. For property damage arising out of a hit and run, you have to make a property damage claim with your own insurance. If you are in a vehicle and are injured in a hit and run accident, you must rely on your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. In Colorado this coverage is not mandatory. If you do not have this particular type of coverage, you cannot recover for your medical bills, lost wages, permanent injuries or any other damages caused by the accident.
This week I’m going to focus on why Uninsured/Underinsured coverage is the most important coverage you can have.
If you’ve been injured in a hit and run accident give contact us today.