In mid-February, a 63-year-old woman was seriously injured when the car she was riding in was hit by another driver in Harlem. After clinging to life in a hospital for a month, she passed away. The driver who caused the tragic car accident still hasn't been caught.
The victim in this case was visiting New York from Maryland. When she needed a ride shortly after midnight, she contacted a ridesharing service. A Toyota Camry showed up to give her a ride. Though it is known that the driver of the Camry works for Uber, it's unclear if he was signed into the app at the time of the crash, or if he was working for another ridesharing service.
As the Camry made its way north on Park Ave., an Acura TL T-boned the car at an intersection, causing the Camry to smash into a gate. Right after the crash, the driver of the Acura—who had been speeding—got out of his car and ran. Police still haven't located him a month later.
The driver of the Camry was not seriously injured, so he was treated at the hospital and released. But the 63-year-old woman who had been riding in the back of the car had no pulse at the scene. She was taken to the hospital and resuscitated, where she was in a coma for a month before she died.
Hit and Run Accidents in Colorado
This devastating hit and run accident took place in New York, but they happen every day in Colorado, as well. If you or a family member were a victim of a hit and run crash in Colorado, it's important to talk to a personal injury attorney to find out your legal options.
If you're not sure if the accident you were in qualifies as a hit and run, consider that under Colorado law, this type of accident occurs when a driver is involved in a collision and then leaves the accident scene without:
- Reporting it
- Exchanging car insurance information with the other drivers
- Helping injured drivers or passengers
Clearly, the case above was a horrible hit and run that had deadly consequences. This would be a criminal offense in any state, and it's especially serious when the auto accident was fatal. Hopefully, the driver who caused the deadly accident is apprehended by police soon so he or she can face the legal consequences of this collision.
Seek Legal Help After a Colorado Hit and Run Accident
In cases where the at-fault driver has not been caught, it may be more difficult than usual to seek compensation, but it's not impossible. In some cases, you can pursue legal action against a third party. For example, if you were in an accident as an Uber passenger, you can look into whether the driver's actions played a role in the collision. If so, you may be able to seek compensation from the rideshare driver or his or her employer.
Of course, you'll need the help of a personal injury lawyer to explore your legal options. An experienced attorney can gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and contact any third parties that may have been involved. So if you're curious about your options after a hit and run accident—especially if it involved a rideshare company—contact a Colorado personal injury attorney to talk.