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Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injuries - Duties / Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Accidents-Death-Injury.jpgColorado Law on Leaving the Scene of an Accident / Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injuries - Duties in Denver and Adams County?

Leaving the Scene of an Accident law, located at C.R.S. 42-4-1601, is pretty precise.  It is also called Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injuries - Duties. It says that the driver of any vehicle involved in a car crash or accident involving minor injury, serious injury or death of any person, must immediately stop their vehicle and return to the scene. In Denver and Adams County, the driver must remain until he has completed the following:

  • Ensure medical care is provided to any injured party.
  • Give the location of the accident to the police. This will likely include the driver's name, the driver's address and the registration number of the vehicle driven. For more information, visit the statute Duty to Report Accidents. Section 42-4-1606, C.R.S.

Penalties for Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injuries - Duties  in Arapahoe County, Colorado

In Arapahoe County and Aurora, failure to return to the scene of an accident can result in serious criminal charges, such as the following:

  • A Class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense if the accident resulted in injury to any person
  • A Class 4 felony if the accident resulted in serious bodily injury to any person
  • A Class 3 felony if the accident resulted in the death of any person

Section 42-4-1601, C.R.S. These penalties have recently been increased due to some high profile cases where people have been struck by a car and the driver drove away.  Read more about Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

What is the Effect of a Hit and Run or Leaving the Scene of an Accident to your Driver's License in Jefferson County?

Additionally, your driver's license will likely be revoked if you are convicted of violating Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injuries - Duties / Leaving the Scene of an Accident, or Hit and Run, since it is a 12-point offense. In Colorado, once you get twelve (12) points, you will lose your drivers license.

Our traffic and criminal defense lawyers have been defending men and women accused of Hit and Run charges for over 25 years. Whether you are charged in Douglas or Jefferson County, we will fight for your freedom. So, if you or a loved has been called by police regarding a Colorado Leaving the Scene of an Accident be smart, exercise the right to remain silent and contact O'Malley Law Office, P.C., or call us at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.

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