For the second time in as many weeks, a Denver jury awarded at least $1 million in a fatal Denver hit and run lawsuit. The local jury delivered the $1 million judgment against 89-year-old
Marshall Smith for the January 9 slaying of a 63-year-old female pedestrian. The jury awarded the estate of the victim, Leanna Hund, $60,000 for monetary losses, $340,000 for pain and suffering, and an additional $600,000 in punitive damages.
Only one week prior, a Denver jury awarded $2.5 million to the family of an Iraqi man who was killed by a hit and run driver. Abdul Alhilo was riding his Ducati motorcycle when he was struck by a Jeep. The driver fled the scene and confessed to authorities after two days of hiding. The Alhilo family felt a few months in prison was not adequate punishment for taking the life of their beloved son and brother, and filed a civil suit.
Hit and Run Accidents in Denver
Most of the thousands of Denver area hit and run cases involve only minor injuries or property damage. However, 2014, has already been witness to seven deadly hit and runs.
Time is critical when someone has been injured in any type of accident. When a drivers flees the scene without rendering aid or calling for help, he or she is denying the injury victim of the opportunity to receive life-saving treatment from first responders. This delay in medical attention could severely worsen any condition and lead to death.
Any driver who flees the scene of an accident can be charged with a hit and run. However, a criminal lawsuit does not address all the concerns of the hit and run victim or the victim’s family.
Until the responsible party is located, insurance companies may be difficult to work with-even refusing to honor injury claims. A Denver personal injury attorney will understand how to deal with this situation, and can tackle the challenging task of managing the insurance companies and staying abreast of the criminal investigation, while working to secure the financial compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one have been a victim of a hit and run accident, the physical, emotional, and financial toll can be overwhelming, and without an experienced Denver personal injury lawyer, you also risk not being fairly compensated for your injuries. Your expenses could reach sums upwards of tens of thousands of dollars once you consider lost income, medical bills, and other expenses. With the right Denver personal injury lawyer fighting for your rights, you can gain full and fair compensation for these costs.
Contact Denver car accident attorney Andrew Bubb today if you or someone you love was involved in a car accident in Denver. You have a right to be compensated for your injuries. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, call Andrew today at (303) 328-9870.