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Uninsured Motorist Insurance Claims Lawyers in Columbus, Georgia



Uninsured Motorist Insurance Claims Lawyers in Columbus, Georgia

When you experience injuries or tragically lose someone you love because of the carelessness of another driver, you often face a plethora of physical, emotional, and financial challenges.  Vehicle occupants, pedestrians, and others navigating Columbus roadways might have a right to compensation against a negligent motorist.  The exercise of this right can become complicated when the party responsible for causing an accident commits hit-and-run. Our Columbus hit and run accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates have the experience and knowledge to guide clients injured by hitand run drivers through the legal process.

Hit and Run Car Accident Lawyers in Columbus, Georgia 

Criminal Hit and Run in Georgia

The laws of Georgia require a driver involved in a collision that causes injury or a fatality to remain at or near the accident scene.  At the crash scene, the parties also must exchange contact information and vehicle registration numbers.  Motorists also must provide their driver’s license information if requested by the other driver or an occupant of either vehicle.  When a car accident causes an injury or death, drivers are required under the law to render aid, which typically includes summoning emergency services.

Motorists who disregard their legal duties by failing to remain at the accident site can face criminal prosecution.  In fact, a prosecutor could charge the offense as a felony if the crash causes serious injury or a fatality.  The consequences of a misdemeanor conviction of hit and run can result in a fine up to $1000, a maximum one-year term in jail, and potential loss or limitation of driving privileges.  Motorists charged with felony hit and run could be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of from one to five years. 

Civil Liability for Columbus, Georgia Hit and Run Accidents

While the criminal prosecution of a hit and run driver might generate some small measure of compensation in the form of victim restitution, the civil justice system provides the primary venue for this form of relief.  A personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against a driver who fails to remain at the scene of an injury accident might merit a broad range of categories of compensation for property loss, pain andsuffering, medical expenses, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, loss of consortium, and other appropriate damages.  Hit and run lawsuits also give rise to the possibility of punitive damages to punish the conduct of leaving the scene without rendering aid and to discourage similar behavior in the future.

Although evidence gathered from the law enforcement investigation, witness observations, surveillance cameras, and other sources might facilitate a lawsuit against the at-fault party, many hitand run drivers are never located.  Our lawyers explore the potential liability of third parties that might share fault for causing crash-related injuries.  Potential third party defendants include:

  • Drivers of a vehiclenot directly involved in the impact
  • Companies that manufacture cars, vehicle parts, and auto systems
  • Car owners who lend their vehicles to drivers they should know have poor driving records
  • Businesses that employ drivers involved in crashes within the scope of their employment

If no responsible third party exists, hit and run victims still might have a right to pursue a claim against their uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage, if they have purchased such coverage.  Policyholders often assume their insurance company will protect their interests. However, an insurance company’s immediate financial interest diverges from that of its insured making a claim. While the adjuster for the insurance company might seem friendly, injury victims should explore retaining legal counsel to have an advocate that defends their rights and protects their interests. Our attorneys at Montlick & Associates provide high-quality representation to injured victims and their families.  If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact our attorneys today for your free case review. We fight hard on behalf of each injured client in order maximize the value of their cases under the law.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 35 Years of Experience to Work For You

Know your legal rights! If you or someone you love has been injured in a Columbus bike accident, our experienced Columbus personal injury lawyers at Montlick and Associates are committed to seeking the best possible outcome for our clients. We encourage you to schedule a free consultation because there is absolutely no obligation for us to evaluate your Columbus car accident claim. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. 

Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.


Please Note:
Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.