Accident Involving Damage

Accident Involving Damage - Duty from a Denver Traffic Lawyer

Colorado used to have a law called Leaving the Scene of an Accident, which has now been replaced in Denver with several new laws. They are distinguished by the type of damage or injury to persons caused in the collision. The property damage only law is called Accident Involving Damage - Duty, and it is located at C.R.S. 42-4-1602. It applies when there is no personal injury, but only property damage.  Another new law is called Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injuries - Duties.

Property Damage Lawyer - Accident Involving Damage Attorney in Douglas County

What is property damage in Castle Rock and Parker in Douglas County? Normally, this involves another car which the driver's car hit. In a car crash, sometimes people are hurt and sometimes they are not. When no one is hurt, it is seen as strictly a property damage case. Other examples of property damage are hitting a mailbox, sliding into a fence, or knocking over a tree. We recently heard of someone who hit a fire hydrant. In other cases, people crash into houses, parked cars, store fronts, stop signs, barricades and walls.

When Involved in an Accident Involving Damage in Jefferson County, Lawyer Advice on Duties

C.R.S. 42-4-1602, provides that the driver of a car involved in a property damage only collision in Golden, Littleton and Arvada shall immediately stop at the scene, remain at the scene, and give his name, address and vehicle registration to the other driver of property owner. Next, he should report the collision to the nearest police department and follow their instructions. Never just leave the scene or Hit and Run.  Sometimes, for example, when we are on Accident Alert, police will advise drivers to exchange information and file a counter report later to a Jefferson County police agency, like the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Punishment or Penalties for Failing to Stop When Involved in an Accident Involving Damage in Arapahoe County

Failure to follow the requirements of this law, when property damage occurs, can result in an Arapahoe County Jail sentence for 10 - 90 days and a fine of from $150 - $300. You can be charged with this crime which is a 12 point traffic offense.  Leaving the scene, or a Hit and Run, can escalate the problem greatly.  At times, this can also result in officers seizing your car as evidence. We have seen the Aurora Police or Denver Police refuse to return your car until you admit you were the driver. It is difficult for them to prosecute someone for this crime if they can't prove that person was the driver. Remaining silent is always the best policy, even though officers and State Patrol Troopers will threaten you with arrest if you don't talk with them.

Silence is Best in an Accident Involving Damage in Littleton or Aurora

Frequently, if a driver leaves the scene of an accident, police will need to prove who the driver was. Never speak to police. They will have a difficult time charging or accusing you of a crime. It will be nearly impossible to convict you if you keep silent and there are no witnesses.

Car wrecks can result in steep consequences for a driver who wants to keep his license to get to work or take kids to school. Call our traffic lawyers 24/7 at 303-731-0719 if you are involved in a traffic accident, collision or crash. Then, come in for a free consultation at one of our offices. Together, we can protect your future.

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