A new law regarding one’s Duty to Report Accident is going into effect on New Year’s Day and outlines a new punishment related to leaving the scene of an accident in Fort Collins and Larimer County. As of January 1, 2018, committing a Hit and Run or Leaving the Scene of an Accident where injury is involved will lose you your driver’s license. In fact, a police officer will be able to immediately take your license if you are pulled over, ticketed, or investigated for a Hit and Run in Colorado. The driver will then have 7 days to request a hearing with the DMV. If no hearing is requested, then the license is automatically suspended.
Larimer County Duty to Report Accidents Attorney: Definition of Leaving the Scene of an Accident
The Larimer, Boulder, and Grand County, Colorado law definition of Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injuries – Duties (C.R.S. 42-4-1601) – is:
There are other various statues that deal with Hit and Run situations including:
- Accidents Involving Damage – Duties (C.R.S. 42-4-1602)
- Duty to Give Notice, Information, and Aid (C.R.S. 42-4-1603)
- Duty Upon Striking Unattended Vehicle or Other Property (C.R.S. 42-4-1604)
- Duty Upon Striking Highway Fixtures or Traffic Control Devices (C.R.S. 42-4-1605)
- Duty to Report Accidents (C.R.S. 42-4-1606)
Sentence for Leaving the Scene of an Accident / Hit and Run in Loveland and Estes Park
In Fort Collins, Loveland, and Estes Park, not reporting an accident and leaving the scene is a crime, punishable by:
- A class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense if the accident resulted in injury to any person;
- A class 4 felony if the accident resulted in serious bodily injury to any person; and
- A class 3 felony if the accident resulted in the death of any person.