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Denver's Hit-and-Run Alert System Sets Example for California Lawmakers

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.

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