Hit-and-run accidents can be devastating experiences - and they can be
downright dangerous when victims suffer injuries. Because of the dangers
victims face after hit-and-runs, fleeing the scene is considered a serious
crime. To ensure offending motorists are held accountable for their negligence
and for the damages and injuries they cause others, lawmakers in many
jurisdictions and states are supporting the creation of hit-and-run alert systems.
Modeling a system after Denver’s, California lawmakers are backing
an alert system that can inform local residents and authorities about
hit and run
auto accidents. Here are a few key points about the systems and their benefits:
- Denver’s hit-and-run alert system is known as the Medina Alert. It
became statewide law in Colorado last year and is named after 21-year-old
Jose Medina, who was killed in a hit and run accident in 2011. The system
works similar to the Amber Alert system by alerting motorists using highway
signs. Local media and law enforcement are also notified of collisions
and vehicle descriptions.
- Denver officials have reported that the system has been used 17 times within
the first two years. Law enforcement made arrests in 13 of those cases.
This is compared to a 20% arrest rate in hit-and-run cases in Los Angeles.
Denver’s hit-and-run alert system provides the best possible chances
that wrongdoers will be arrested and that injured motorists will receive
the timely help and compensation they need. At the Law Offices of Jordan
& Associates LLC, we believe similar legislation should be adopted
by states across the country.
If you have questions about your rights after an auto accident - including
accidents involving a hit-and-run - our attorneys are here to provide
answers. We’ve worked with many accident victims throughout the
years, and we are prepared to personally review your case, explain your
rights, and discuss how you may be entitled to compensation for your damages,
including your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
Contact our firm today to request a FREE case evaluation.