Georgia Police Search for Driver Who Struck School Child Boarding Bus
Georgia authorities are currently investigating a hit and run accident that occurred in Lanier County, according to an online news report. An unknown driver struck a four year old as the child was boarding a bus. Georgia State Police report that the child was crossing the roadway to load the bus when he was hit by a vehicle which fled the scene of the accident. The child was transported to the hospital and his condition has not been released to the public. Witnesses have provided a description of the vehicle and authorities will continue to hunt until the driver is found. The bus had all red lights activated and its stop sign displayed at the time of the accident.
Why Do Drivers Flee the Scene of an Accident?
It is common knowledge that you must stop if you have been involved in an accident. It is against the law to take off after an accident and you could face fines or points on your license. Despite strong laws against hit and run accidents, thousands occur each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 1,500 fatal hit and run accidents occur annually.
At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have assisted a number of clients injured in hit and run accidents and fight to make sure that our clients injured in such accidents still obtain a recovery for their losses, whenever possible. After handling a number of hit and run accidents, we have come to realize that some of the most common reasons people flee the scene of an accident include the following:
- Illegal driving: Many drivers who flee the scene of an accident are driving illegally. They may have a suspended license, lack insurance or be completely unlicensed, and flee out of fear that law enforcement will punish them for driving illegally.
- Fear of consequences: Other drivers might be legal but still fear the consequences that could accompany a car or pedestrian accident. They could be afraid of jail time, fines, loss of their license or skyrocketing insurance rates.
- Panic: At times, drivers will simply work themselves into such a panic that they flee from the accident. This often occurs when drivers do not realize at first that they have hit a pedestrian or bicyclist.
- Driving while intoxicated: If drivers hit someone or another vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol they might flee the scene of the accident to avoid prosecution. At times they will turn themselves in the next day when they are sober.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys with Over 35 Years of Experience
If you injured in any sort of accident that may have involved negligence, contact the Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our firm is dedicated to assisting those injured in all manner of traffic accidents across Georgia and in the Southeast and we bring over 35 years of experience to your personal injury case. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 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.