Hit & Run Car Accident Lawsuit Lawyers in Georgia
The Georgia Legislature has passed laws requiring drivers involved in accidents to stop and remain at the accident scene. O.C.G.A. § 40-6-270 requires drivers involved in an accident that results in property damage, injury, or death to immediately stop their vehicle at the accident scene and give the other driver(s):
- Their full name, physical address, and their car's registration number;
- Their driver's license information if available; and
- Render aid to any injured person or call emergency medical services for any injured person.
If any of the people involved in the accident are unconscious, appear deceased, or cannot communicate, those involved in the accident must make a reasonable effort to contact emergency medical services and law enforcement for assistance.
The Difficulties of Hit-and-Run Car Accidents
Although Georgia law requires drivers to stop when involved in an accident, these laws cannot prevent individuals from disobeying them. When a driver decides to flee the accident scene, they have committed felony "hit and run." Hit-and-run accidents may create serious life-threatening circumstances for the driver and occupants involved in the crash. Moreover, when people leave the scene of the accident, it can be difficult for accident victims to recover compensation for injuries and property damage.
The reasons why drivers might flee an accident include:
- The hit-and-run driver is intoxicated and was unaware that an accident occurred.
- The hit-and-run driver was driving while intoxicated and fears arrest.
- The driver was driving while distracted and feared arrest.
- The driver feared being deported.
- The driver doesn't have a driver's license and fears arrest.
- The at-fault driver flees because they do not have insurance.
- The at-fault driver recklessly disregards the health of another being
Whatever the reason for fleeing the accident scene, the hit-and-run driver puts the accident injury victim(s) in a life-threatening situation. In many cases, the hit-and-run driver would not have faced criminal charges had they remained at the accident scene. Unfortunately, some hit-and-run drivers ended up facing murder/manslaughter charges because the victim passed away since no emergency medical services were called.
Try to write down the following information as quickly as possible if you or a loved one is involved in a hit and run crash and can obtain information from the scene:
- The color, make, and model of the motor vehicle that hit you or your loved one;
- The exact place the vehicle hit you or your loved one.
- How and where the vehicle struck you or your loved one.
- The names and contact details of witnesses of the crash.
- A physical description of the driver, including their race, sex, skin color, hair color, and a description of clothing the driver was wearing;
- The license plate number, state, and county.
- The direction the car went after the crash;
- All other distinguishing characteristics about the vehicle such as preexisting damage, after-market parts, an unusual color, or oversized tires.
Sharing this crucial information with law enforcement will help accident investigators and your accident injury attorney locate and serve the driver with a civil lawsuit. Under ordinary circumstances, injury victims might be able to pursue an accident claim against the at-fault driver. However, the injury victim might need to file a claim under their own car accident insurance carrier through uninsured motorist coverage, if available, to cover medical expenses and other damages in some cases.
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