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Hit and Run Accidents

Fleeing the scene of a car accident is not only morally reprehensible but also illegal, constituting a serious offense under Georgia law. Such actions evade responsibility and exacerbate the consequences of the incident. Georgia’s statutes, specifically OCGA § 40-6-270, explicitly mandate the duties of any driver involved in an accident resulting in injury, death or property damage. Beyond the imperative to halt immediately, drivers must also provide vital information such as their name and contact details, furnish their driver’s license for identification purposes, and extend reasonable assistance to those affected by the accident. This assistance could include calling for emergency services, administering first aid if trained, or simply ensuring the safety of all parties involved.

Failure to adhere to these legal obligations not only compounds the harm inflicted but also demonstrates a callous disregard for the well-being of others. In addition to facing potential criminal charges, individuals who flee the scene may also be subject to civil liability for any damages or injuries resulting from their actions. Therefore, it is incumbent upon all drivers to uphold their legal and moral responsibilities in the aftermath of an accident, prioritizing accountability and the welfare of those affected.

Hit-and-Run Accident: Legal Options, Insurance Coverage, and Pursuing Just Compensation

While leaving the scene of an accident does not automatically establish the offending driver’s negligence or fault, it often raises suspicions regarding their motives. This behavior may suggest various illicit actions, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving with an expired license, or even attempting to evade other legal issues. Additionally, hit-and-run incidents can involve factors beyond mere negligence, indicating a deliberate attempt to avoid responsibility.

When the identity of the offending driver cannot be ascertained, victims may face significant challenges in seeking compensation for their losses. In such cases, pursuing a claim under the victim’s uninsured motorist coverage may be the only viable option for recovery. However, navigating insurance claims of this nature can be intricate and time-sensitive. Victims must initiate the claims process promptly to preserve essential evidence and maximize their chances of a successful outcome.

In instances where the driver is apprehended and their identity is established, victims may have grounds to pursue punitive damages in addition to compensation for their actual losses. Punitive damages serve to punish the offending driver for their reckless behavior and conscious disregard for the well-being of others. These damages not only provide a measure of justice for the victim but also act as a deterrent against similar misconduct in the future.

Hit-and-Run Accident Liability Attorneys

Given the complexities involved in hit-and-run accidents and the potential for significant legal and financial implications, it is imperative for victims to thoroughly explore their options before settling any claims. Consulting with experienced legal professionals and conducting a comprehensive investigation can help ensure that victims receive the compensation they rightfully deserve. Key considerations in such cases may include:

  • Gathering Evidence: Documenting the accident scene, obtaining witness statements and preserving any available surveillance footage or physical evidence.
  • Understanding Insurance Coverage: Reviewing the victim’s insurance policies, including uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, to determine applicable benefits and potential limitations.
  • Assessing Liability: Evaluating the circumstances surrounding the accident to determine the extent of the offending driver’s culpability and any potential avenues for legal recourse.
  • Exploring Legal Options: Considering the possibility of pursuing civil litigation against the offending driver to seek compensation for damages, including punitive damages where applicable.
  • Adhering to Legal Deadlines: Remaining mindful of statutory deadlines for filing insurance claims or initiating legal actions to avoid forfeiting the right to pursue compensation.

By diligently addressing these considerations and seeking appropriate legal guidance, victims in Augusta and Athens can better position themselves to achieve a fair and equitable resolution following a hit-and-run automobile accident. When the at-fault driver flees the scene of the accident, it not only compounds the victim’s physical and emotional trauma but also creates numerous legal hurdles for recovering full and complete compensation. In such distressing circumstances, seeking assistance from experienced accident attorneys becomes imperative.

Contact Burnside Law Firm in Augusta and Athens, GA

If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being the victim of a hit-and-run automobile accident, contact the Burnside Law Firm accident attorneys at (706) 432-8320. With over 30 years of collective experience in handling auto accident claims, our dedicated team of attorneys is well-equipped to navigate the complexities of your case. We understand the challenges you face and will fight tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you need and deserve. From gathering evidence and negotiating with insurance companies to pursuing legal action against the responsible party, we are committed to advocating for your rights and securing the best possible outcome for your situation.

Please complete one of our contact forms to help us better understand your car accident case.

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2919 Professional Pkwy

Augusta, GA, 30907

Phone: (706) 432-8320


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Athens, GA, 30601

Phone: (706) 227-4264

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The attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP have over 30 years of collective experience handling personal injury claims. Over that time, we have helped hundreds of injured people recover the compensation they deserve and need in order to begin putting their lives back together. This list is just a sample of the recoveries we have obtained for some of our clients here and during our time at our former firm, Burnside Wall LLP. Obviously, success in obtaining significant judgments and settlements for other clients is no guarantee of success in your case. Each case must be evaluated and handled based on the individual merits of that particular case. To discuss the facts of your case and learn more about your legal rights, contact one of the personal injury attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP for a free initial consultation.

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Thomas R. Burnside III Personal Injury Attorney

Thomas R Burnside III

Thomas R. Burnside III is a personal injury lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered injury as a result of automobile collisions, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, work related accidents or other causes. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law at both the trial and appellate court levels, Attorney Burnside has represented people with brain and head trauma...

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Garon Muller

Garon Muller is a trial lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured or damaged through the negligence or recklessness of others, including automobile collisions, workplace injuries, premises injuries, or defective products. Before beginning his practice in the representation of injured individuals, Mr. Muller served the community as an Assistant District Attorney...

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Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor is an experienced trial attorney licensed to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina. At the Burnside Law Firm, Robert devotes his practice to protecting the rights of individuals who have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or recklessness and represents those who have been injured in automobile collisions or tractor-trailer accidents; because of a slip and fall; and in other general negligence actions.

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Ashton Revollo

Ashton is a trial lawyer in Augusta, GA who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered serious injuries or damages due to the negligent or reckless conduct of others, including automobile wrecks, job-related accidents, unsafe premises, or defective
products. Before beginning his practice, Ashton obtained his J.D., at Emory University School of Law, where he gained valuable courtroom experience as an intern assisting the District Attorney for DeKalb
County. After his time at Emory, Ashton received experience as a trial attorney at a respected personal injury firm in Atlanta before moving to Augusta. Over the course of his career, Ashton has assisted deserving clients in recovering millions of dollars in injury cases throughout Georgia.

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In November 2017, I was in a car accident and I decided to seek out legal assistance. I chose to go with Burnside Law Firm, LLP because of their five star rating. My inital consultation was with attorney, Mr. Garon Muller. I knew immediately that I wanted Mr. Muller to take my case. His professionalism and expertise in personal injury made my decision easy. Mr. Muller maintained his professionalism throughout my case. He kept me updated on a regular basis via telephone or email. He was always available to me when I call. I did not have to wait 24 hours to get a call back from him. I would greatly recommend Mr. Muller and the Burnside Law Firm, LLP.

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Garon Muller with Burnside Law Firm makes client satisfaction his priority. Mr. Muller made sure that I had a lucid understanding during every discussion. He never made a decision without my input and made me feel like we were partners. Garon Muller was very professional and push for the maximum dollar amount from the insurance company. Me and my family considered ourselves blessed to have been represented by Garon Muller with Burnside Law Firm. We highly recommend Garon Muller and Burnside Law Firm! Burnside Law Firm staff are exceptional and exceeded our expectations.

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    2919 Professional Pkwy

    Augusta, GA, 30907

    Phone: (706) 432-8320


    325 North Milledge Avenue

    Athens, GA, 30601

    Phone: (706) 227-4264