As experienced Colorado Springs car accident attorneys, we have helped many clients who have had the misfortune of being hit-and-run victims. That’s why a recent vote by the Colorado House of Representatives caught our attention.
On May 7, the Colorado House unanimously approved a proposed bill to double the statute of limitations for fatal hit-and-run accidents.
According to a recent 9News article, the statute of limitations would be extended to 10 years from the current 5 years if Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper decides to sign it.
9News played a large role in sparking the conversation on the current hit-and-run crash statute of limitations by running a series of related reports on 9Wants to Know. Following the series, Denver police acknowledged that there is essentially no way to make an arrest in the hit-and-run case of Laurie Gorham Sherlock in Stapleton because the statute of limitations had run out (the crash occurred in 2010).
Denver police officers told 9News reporters that the law that prevented them from making an arrest years later, even if someone called in critical information, frustrated them.
If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident or have lost a loved one in a hit-and-run car wreck, this new law could help you seek justice in the future. Contact an experienced Colorado Springs car accident attorney today for the help and guidance you need.
At Sears & Associates, P.C., we would like to know how you feel about the proposed bill. Will it help Colorado drivers in the long run?
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