Hit and Run Accidents
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Hit and run accidents are an increasing problem. A report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found about 11% of all crashes reported to the police involve a hit and run driver. Also, 1 out of every 5 pedestrian fatalities involves hit and run drivers. Studstill Firm, LLP has the experience you need in your hit and run case.There may be times where the driver didn’t notice they had hit something but most of the time the hit and run drivers are too afraid of the repercussions to stop and care for the injured person. Failing to stop and render aid turns the accident into a deliberate crime.
Georgia Hit and Run Laws
Whether a car strikes another vehicle and the driver fails to stop or give his or her name, or a car strikes a pedestrian and drives away, it is still considered a hit and run accident. While it may have been easier to get away with such a crime before street cameras and smartphones, now it is much easier for people to hold others accountable for their irresponsibility.
Under Georgia law, a driver who fails to stop and provide identifying information after a crash is committing a crime under O.C.G.A. 40-6-270. Someone who causes injury to or the death of another person, or property damage to a vehicle, is required to stop or immediately return to the scene and identify himself or herself, providing vehicle registration information, driver’s license information, to render aid and transportation if it is required, and contact emergency medical services and police if the victim is deceased, unconscious, or incapacitated.
If a person doesn’t stop, not only can they be charged with a criminal offense, but they are also subject to punitive damages in any subsequent civil action suit filed by the victim or the victim’s family.
Why Don’t People Stop
There is no good reason for people to fail to stop after striking another car or individual with their vehicle. However, those who do commit this crime might do so because they have been driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and don’t want to be arrested and punished for a DUI. Similarly, it could be that the driver is so far gone under the influence he or she didn’t even notice the accident occurred. In other cases, people might not stop because they are driving without a valid license or do not have car insurance.
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Even if you weren’t able to get the license plate of the hit and run driver or any information, you can still seek compensation for injuries and damages by hiring an experienced Valdosta injury lawyer. Have the police document the accident fully and get the contact information for any and all eyewitnesses as they will be crucial to any claim. It’s almost impossible to identify a hit and run driver at a later point in time, so you must act as quickly as possible to preserve relevant evidence. Contact one of our skilled auto crash attorneys, who are more familiar with the ins and outs of car accident liability lawsuits and investigations.
Studstill Firm LLP attorneys have handled many cases involving car accidents, so we can help perform a full investigation to ensure those responsible for your accident are held accountable. We have 2 offices in South Georgia available to serve you, and we are also able to meet with individuals and their families at home or in the hospital. If you need trusted lawyers who will tenaciously advocate on your behalf, don’t hesitate to call us. Our team believes victims of personal injury are owed not only for their medical bills and potential lost wages but also they deserve justice. Let us get you the compensation you deserve. We will go above and beyond in your case.
Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. We look forward to helping you through this difficult time.