Nearly 1,500 people die every year as a result of hit and run accidents, and this number is increasing at an escalated rate, according to a report published by AAA. In fact, in 2016 alone, hit and run accidents represented 5.5% of all traffic fatalities, which is a 35% increase over the last decade.
One of the main reasons for this increase is found in our hands. Smartphones have drastically increased distracted driving, and motorcyclists are often the victims of these distractions. When a motorist fails to recognize a motorcyclist on the road, disastrous – and often fatal – accidents occur.
Recent Hit and Run Accident in Colorado Springs Highlight the Problem
On the morning of May 27th, Colorado Springs police officers found a hurt motorcyclist lying in the East Platte and North Chelton intersection. Police reports indicate that the motorcyclist was travelling on Platte Avenue when a white pickup truck cut in front of him to turn at the intersection, which caused the motorcyclist to crash into the truck. The pickup truck driver then fled the scene of the accident and left the motorcyclist in the road. Fortunately, the injured biker did not suffer life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, however, the hit and run driver remains unidentified.
Colorado Springs Rules of the Road
In the state of Colorado, all motor vehicle drivers are required to remain at the scene of any accident that causes injury or property damage. Failure to lend aid and remain at the accident scene may result in a hit and run charge. Motorcyclists, in particular, are vulnerable to sustaining serious, and even life-threatening injuries during an accident. Failure to call 911, remain at the scene, and lend aid could be the difference between life and death for an injured biker.
Why Do Drivers Flee the Scene of a Motorcycle Accident?
There are many reasons a motor vehicle driver flees the scene of a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle accidents are usually catastrophic and the resulting injuries are often terrifying for “at fault” drivers, especially teens and young adults. As such, many drivers flee to avoid going to jail or being held responsible for the accident.
Other reasons why drivers flee the scene of a motorcycle accident include:
- Driving impaired
- Serving probation
- Illegal possession of drugs or weapons in vehicle
- Driving without a license
- Driving without insurance
- Fear of financial responsibility
- Avoiding deportation
There is never an acceptable reason to leave the scene of an accident. No matter the circumstances, failure to remain at the scene of an injury accident is a crime. Unfortunately, injured motorcyclists often find themselves with little recourse after an accident. During this time, an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help. If the “at fault” driver is never found, your motorcycle accident attorney will help you get the compensation you need to get your life back on track through your own insurance policy.
Contact Our Colorado Springs Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
If you are uncertain about where to turn after a devastating hit and run motorcycle accident in Colorado Springs, we can help. At Kinnaird & Kinnaird, P.C., our Colorado Springs motorcycle accident attorneys have represented injured motorcyclists for over 30 years. Please contact us today at (719) 520-0003 to schedule a free consultation.