Georgia Automobile Wreck Lawyers
Hit and Run Accidents
One of the most offensive things a driver can do is to flee the scene of a wreck he or she caused. It also violates Georgia law which requires the driver of any vehicle involved in a car accident which results in injury, death or property damage to stop, return to the scene of the accident and do the following: (a) provide his or her name and other identifying information; (b) exhibit his or her driver’s license; and (c) render reasonable aid and assistance if necessary. OCGA § 40-6-270
While leaving the scene of an accident does not necessarily establish the negligence or fault of the offending driver, it typically means they have something to hide such as intoxication or an expired license. When the identity of the offending driver cannot be discovered, a claim under the victim’s uninsured motorist coverage may present the only avenue for recovery. Insurance claims of this nature can be complicated and should be pursued quickly before valuable evidence disappears. Where the driver is caught and their identity is discovered, the victim may be able to recover punitive damages in addition to actual damages due to the driver’s reckless conduct and conscious indifference to the consequences of their actions. These issues should always be explored fully before settling any claim that arises from a hit and run automobile accident.
When the at fault driver leaves the scene of the accident, it creates numerous legal hurdles to recovering full and complete compensation. If you are the victim of a hit and run automobile accident, you should one of the accident attorneys at (706) 432-8320. We have over 30 years of collective experience handling auto accident claims and will fight hard to recover the compensation you need and deserve.
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