Colorado Springs Police arrested three people after a hit-and-run car accident over the weekend. On Sunday, one vehicle collided with another at the intersection of Chelton Road and Marion Drive. At that point, at least three people got out of the car and ran, but police were able to catch and arrest them.
In a possibly related twist, the police had just gotten a call right before the car accident that there were shots fired in the area. They said no one was hurt in the shots-fired call, but one person was injured as a result of the car crash. That person was sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The police do believe alcohol played a role in this Colorado car accident. They plan to charge the three suspects who were caught in the hit-and-run, and they believe there may have even been a fourth suspect in the incident. The investigation is still ongoing.
How to Handle a Colorado Hit-and-Run Accident
In this case, someone was injured and the other driver—and passengers—left the scene of the accident. Even though they ultimately didn't get away, they'll still likely be charged with a hit and run. Fortunately, since they were caught, they (or their insurance provider) will be held responsible for the injured driver's medical treatment.
Not every hit-and-run driver is caught, though. Many victims have trouble ever identifying and locating the person who hit them, leaving them with expensive medical bills and property damage. If this was the case for you, it's important that you take some steps after being involved in a Colorado hit-and-run accident.
First, you need to call 911 so you can file a police report. If you need immediate medical treatment, be sure to get it, and then keep a record of your medical care and the related bills. If you don't need to go to the hospital right away, and you have some time to spend at the accident scene, collect evidence before you leave. This means taking pictures of the damage to your car and any injuries you received.
This is also a good time to take notes about any details you remember about the at-fault driver. Give them to the police to include with your report before you go. Then head to urgent care or schedule an appointment with your doctor to make sure you're truly okay after the car accident.
Next, report the car accident to your auto insurance provider. This will initiate a record of the accident, which you'll want to have if the driver is ever caught. Depending on your insurance coverage, your own insurer might end up paying for your medical bills and damage to your car. But if the at-fault driver gets caught in the future, his or her insurance provider may have to reimburse yours.
Get Legal Help for Your Colorado Car Accident
Finally, think about contacting a Colorado personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options. You shouldn't have to pay for your medical bills, property damage, lost wages, or other expenses following the hit-and-run accident. A Colorado accident attorney can let you know your legal rights, so contact one today for an initial consultation.