Recently, a 14-year-old girl was sadly killed in a hit and run accident in Columbus, Georgia, according to a local news report. The teenager was hit by a pickup truck at about 9:20 p.m. as she walked along Flat Rock Road. Witnesses report that the driver swerved the truck onto the sidewalk and hit the teen, then fled. The young girl was rushed to the hospital but tragically died some time later due to her extensive injuries. Now, the victim’s mother is seeking justice for the loss of her beloved daughter. Police are actively searching for the hit and run driver and hope the public can help.
This is the most recent of a slew of hit and run accidents to occur in the greater Atlanta area. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we are saddened to see so many drivers fleeing the scene of crashes These drivers face serious criminal repercussions but more importantly, can jeopardize the victim’s life by failing to call for help. Our attorneys seek justice for the victims of hit-and-run drivers in Atlanta and beyond.
Uncovering the Hit-and-Run Driver’s Identity
There are several ways in which you can obtain compensation for damages sustained by a hit and run driver. First, the police will be searching for the at-large driver. Under O.C.G.A. 40-6-270, all Georgia drivers involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to any person shall immediately stop their vehicle at the scene of the crash or as close to it as possible. Further, you must provide your name, address, license, and registration.
Fleeing the scene of an accident can result in conviction and imprisonment for up to 12 months. When a hit and run accident involving serious injury or death occurs, the police will expend manpower and energy to find the driver and bring him or her to justice. If you are injured in such a wreck and the driver is uncovered, you should be able to pursue a personal injury claim against that person
Your Insurance May Cover Hit and Run Accident Damages
If the hit-and-run driver is not located or does not have adequate insurance, you still have recovery options. Many Georgia drivers have uninsured motorist insurance that can cover damages stemming from a hit and run, up to your policy limits. Check your policy before you are ever involved in an accident to ensure you have sufficient coverage to protect you uninsured and underinsured drivers.
Our Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys at Montlick Injury Attorneys represent injured hit-and-run accident victims and their families. Our firm has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast.