Denver, CO (PRWEB) March 26, 2014
Commenting on a report about an increase in hit-and-run accidents in Colorado, car accident attorney A. Gary Bell Jr. of Bell & Pollock, PC, said more work must be done to reverse this alarming trend.
Attorney Bell expressed his comments in response to an article published by the Windsor Beacon about fatal hit-and-run accidents. (Windsor Beacon, “Hit-and-run fatal crashes rising in Colorado,” Feb. 17, 2014). The number of fatal hit-and-run accidents in Colorado increased by 88 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year, according to the report.
“Our law firm knows all too well how common hit-and-run accidents are in Colorado,” Bell said. “We have handled many cases and have seen first-hand the devastating impact of a hit-and-run accident. Despite tough laws in Colorado to punish drivers who flee the scene of an accident, hit-and-runs continue to be a growing problem. Many cities in Colorado have adopted alert systems to ask the public’s help in tracking down these irresponsible drivers. We hope to see more of these types of efforts implemented in communities. We’d like to see new public awareness campaigns designed to change attitudes some drivers have about hit-and-run accidents.”
In 2012, there were 34 fatal hit-and-run accidents in Colorado, according to the Windsor Beacon, which cited data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That figure represents an 88 percent increase compared to 2011, when there were 18 fatal hit-and-run accidents in Colorado, the Windsor Beacon reported. There were 12 hit-and-run fatalities in Colorado in 2010.
Between 2008 and 2012, a total of 104 people died in hit-and-run accidents in Colorado, the Windsor Beacon reported. Of those 104 fatalities, 35 people died in hit-and-run accidents in Denver during that same time period.
More than half of the victims of fatal hit-and-run accidents between 2008 and 2012 in Colorado were pedestrians, the Windsor Beacon reported. Specifically, 55 pedestrians died in hit-and-run accidents in Colorado between 2008 and 2012.
Another grim statistic relates to the number of people killed or injured in hit-and-run accidents in Denver’s three largest metro areas: Denver, Aurora and Lakewood. Between 2011 and 2013, more than 1,300 people were killed or injured in hit-and-run accidents in these three areas, according to the Windsor Beacon article.
Attorney Bradley P. Pollock of Bell & Pollock, PC, said the statistics illustrate that more needs to be done to protect the safety of pedestrians and drivers safer in Colorado.
“We need to take action and work together to help save lives,” Pollock said. “Bell & Pollock believes that sharing information with the public about important safety topics can help make a difference. That’s why we host a weekly radio show about a wide range of legal topics, including hit-and-run accidents.”
Pollock said attorneys can help victims of hit-and-run accidents and families who lost loved ones in such accidents pursue compensation. He said a lawyer can help send a message that careless and reckless actions by drivers in Colorado won’t be tolerated.
About Bell & Pollock, PC
An experienced Colorado personal injury law firm serving Denver and residents statewide, Bell & Pollock, PC, was founded by attorneys A. Gary Bell Jr. and Bradley P. Pollock. With offices in the Denver area and Steamboat Springs, CO, Bell & Pollock, PC, has a strong track record for successfully handling a wide range of legal cases, including auto accidents, truck accidents, construction accidents, workers compensation and social security disability issues. Bell & Pollock, PC works on a contingency fee basis. That means clients only pay attorney’s fees if they win. Contact Bell & Pollock, PC for a free case evaluation.
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