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A hit-and-run accident is any collision involving a motor vehicle in which the at-fault party leaves the scene without taking appropriate actions. These ‘appropriate actions’ typically include remaining at the scene, sharing contact information, assisting the injured parties, and reporting the accident to law enforcement.
While an actual “hit and run” can involve situations ranging from minor parking lot scrapes to serious collisions, they’re never something to take lightly. Many take place after a fatal collision, especially one involving cyclists and pedestrians.
Under any circumstance, a hit-and-run accident can lead to serious legal consequences for the fleeing party, as well as major challenges for any victims who find themselves tasked with pursuing compensation for the injuries they have suffered from the hit-and-run driver.
So, if you’ve been involved in a hit-and-run accident, don’t hesitate to contact our team today. At the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm, we’ve helped countless clients track down irresponsible drivers and recover from these types of accidents — with or without the perpetrator located.
Call 833-254-2923 or contact us online to speak with a team member about the nature of your accident and schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.
A hit-and-run accident can be disorienting and stressful. When any individual involved in a car crash decides to flee the scene without taking responsibility, they leave victims vulnerable.
If you are in such a situation, it’s important to understand your rights — and the legal next steps you need to take immediately.
That said, hit-and-run accidents can also take various forms, and each will present its own unique challenges for victims. So, while some may seem more straightforward than others, it may become more and more difficult to decide when (or whether) you need to loop in an attorney.
To make things easier, here are a handful of scenarios where legal counsel will become essential:
Picture This: Your car is rear-ended at a stoplight, but the at-fault driver speeds off before you can exchange information.
Should I Contact an Attorney? You’ll want to seek legal counsel if you’ve suffered any injuries (or significant vehicle damage). Remember that even small aches and pains can lead to lasting injuries that may require costly medical care.
Picture This: You’re walking or cycling and a vehicle strikes you and then flees the scene.
Should I Contact an Attorney? Absolutely. If you were struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian or cyclist, your serious injury risk is going to be much higher, and you’ll need to consult a licensed medical professional immediately to document the incident.
If there were any witnesses at the scene, be sure to take down their contact information and file a police report if possible.
Picture This: You’re involved in an accident with another driver, and then they leave the scene before you can get their information, but you suspect that they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Should I Contact an Attorney? Yes. If you suspect the at-fault driver was impaired, an attorney can help you work with law enforcement to build a stronger claim, potentially resulting in punitive damages.
Picture This: A commercial truck or delivery van collides with your car and speeds away.
Should I Contact an Attorney? A hit-and-run accident lawyer will be an invaluable resource here because commercial vehicle accidents often involve their own complicated liability issues. An attorney can help you deal with the company’s insurance and then navigate the legal complexities of determining whether the driver, company or another third party is ultimately to blame.
While this list is not exhaustive, it outlines some of the most common types of hit-and-run accidents. Nevertheless, when most people hear the words ‘hit and run,’ their minds will jump to an extreme.
Remember that if the negligent driver leaves the scene after any accident, you may be stuck paying the bill for any repairs, injuries, or other damages. Contact an attorney to explain your situation and hear how they can help you today.
Ideally, the party that perpetrated the collision and fled would be the one to be held fully accountable for the costs of injuries and any other damages that they cause. If the driver — not just the vehicle — can be identified and located, they can be held accountable under the law.
You may be able to file a claim against their liability insurance (although many hit-and-run drivers don’t have any) or file a lawsuit against them directly. If you cannot locate the driver — or you wish to increase your chances of recovering all damages you have suffered — you can also pursue a claim against other potentially at-fault parties, including:
Your own insurance may also cover the damages you have suffered from a hit and run, in part or full. Uninsured/underinsured motorist policies may cover the accident, for example, if the driver cannot be located or if they are discovered to not have liability insurance after locating them.
Collision policies and even your own liability policy may cover your damages, so consult with an attorney who can review your policy and help you determine all options you have for recovering the damages you have suffered.
Regarding Georgia’s hit-and-run laws, your attorney can do the heavy lifting through their own knowledge and understanding. That said, there’s no harm in understanding the basics.
In Smyrna, Georgia, a core legal framework serves to protect victims who are seeking justice. These specific laws were put in place to hold negligent drivers responsible and are primarily detailed under Georgia Code O.C.G.A. § 40-6-270.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting in injury, death, or property damage, you must stop immediately. Specifically, any driver involved in an accident must remain at the scene until they have fulfilled certain duties, which will include:
Similarly, Georgia Code O.C.G.A. § 40-6-271 also stipulates that any driver involved in an accident that damages another vehicle must either stop at the scene or return to the scene to fulfill the reporting requirements.
Additionally, violating hit-and-run laws in Smyrna can lead to serious consequences. For example, the penalties for a hit-and-run conviction may include the following:
If any drivers involved in the accident are found to be intoxicated, the stakes will also be much higher.
Georgia Code O.C.G.A. § 40-6-391 addresses hit-and-run accidents that involve drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It outlines severe penalties for individuals who leave the scene of an accident while impaired, with punishment including potential felony charges.
Finally, remember that Georgia has a statute of limitations that sets a time limit for filing any personal injury or property damage claims after a hit-and-run accident. In Georgia, victims typically have two years to file a claim, but the sooner you file, the better.
Similarly, it’s important to report the accident immediately and seek medical care immediately to ensure you can file the strongest claim possible.
Whether you were involved in a small fender bender or were left to pay for costly medical bills on your own — contact our team today. We can kick things off with a free, no-obligation case review at the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm.
There, we can go over your specific situation’s details to establish the best path forward.
New clients can call 833-254-2923 or contact us online to speak with a member of our team today. We’re here to help, and we’ve helped countless clients recover from hit-and-run accidents, so we know how to streamline the claims process and can help you keep everything organized, efficient, and on time throughout the entire timeline of your case.
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