Hit and Run Accident Lawyers in Georgia

Hit and Run Accident Lawyers in Georgia

Hit and run accidents in Georgia are particularly upsetting, as victims often are injured or even killed as a result of the cowardly actions of at-fault drivers who do not want to be held responsible for mayhem they caused.  However, Georgia victims are often able to obtain justice against the actions of hit and run drivers, even if they are unable to determine the identity of the driver. Because so much is at stake for somebody injured in a hit and run accident, it is crucial that an injured person or his or her loved ones discuss the situation with a Georgia Auto Accident Attorney.

Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law – Georgia Hit and Run Accident Attorneys

According to Georgia Car Accident Laws, a driver of a vehicle who strikes another person or another vehicle must do the following:

  • Provide his or her name to the other person involved in the accident;
  • Provide car registration information as well as insurance information to the other person involved in the accident; and
  • Attempt to provide an injured person with medical aid while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive.

While it may not be required under the law to call the police following every accident in cases where the parties involved are not injured and can exchange information without the assistance of law enforcement, it is still important that anyone involved in an accident contact the police and file a report anyway, regardless of whether anyone suffered injuries.  Police reports are helpful sources of information, particularly when an injured person pursues legal action to obtain compensation for injuries caused by a car accident. 

Any person who fails to comply with Georgia law regarding hit and run accidents may be found guilty of crimes ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, depending on whether someone was injured or killed in the accident.  Moreover, they may also be liable to the injured person for punitive damages because of the at-fault driver’s reckless conduct in fleeing the scene.  This is why it is so important that if you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, try to safely observe and record the license plate number as well as the year, make, model and color of the vehicle that hit you. Such information can be incredibly useful to law enforcement in apprehending the criminal driver.

Challenges Associated with Hit and Run Accidents – Why You Need a Georgia Car Accident Attorney

If a person flees the scene of an accident, and police can never find that person, the injured victim may believe he or she is simply out of luck when seeking to obtain compensation for injuries suffered.  However, injured victims may have another option to pursue a personal injury claim against the “John Doe” driver under their own auto insurance policy or an insurance policy of a family member living in the same household.  Many auto insurance policies have what is called “Uninsured Motorist (UM)” coverage.

UM coverage is intended for auto accident victims to pursue the same damages that they would have been able to pursue against an at-fault driver, except for punitive damages. This means that even if you have been injured by an unknown driver who successfully fled the scene, you can still pursue compensation, including compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, Pain and Suffering and others if there is UM coverage available.  Under Georgia law, all insurance companies who issue and deliver policies in Georgia must offer Georgia residents UM coverage. However, UM is not mandatory and the insured may “reject” such coverage.   If you believe you do not have this insurance coverage, we recommend that you contact your insurance agent right away to have this coverage added to your policy.

The insurance process can be extremely confusing, and many individuals have been taken advantage of because they do not fully understand their rights and what they are entitled to under an insurance policy.  As such, speaking with a qualified Georgia Car Accident Attorney at Montlick & Associates who has extensive experience handling UM claims and hit and run accidents can provide injured victims and their loved ones with key information on how to seek compensation going forward.

The Aftermath of a Hit and Run Accident

First and foremost, it is most important that an injured victim receive necessary medical treatment to heal as quickly as possible after a hit and run accident.  It is also important that the victim or a loved to provide as much information as possible to law enforcement so that police can track down the person at fault for causing an accident.  To do this, it is important to file a police report immediately following your accident. If you have been injured, working with a Georgia Car Accident Attorney at Montlick & Associates can help to alleviate some of the stress associated with overcoming a hit and run accident.

The process of tracking down the missing driver might include speaking with witnesses who can identify the color, model, and possible year of the vehicle, as well as the license plate number if any witness was able to obtain that information.  In addition to the physical injuries and mental anguish suffered by a hit and run accident victim, the injured person can incur a significant amount in medical expenses, not be able to work again, and have lifelong Pain and Suffering all because of a hit and run accident that did not need to happen.  As such, working quickly to speak with a Georgia Car Accident Attorney is a crucial step in seeking compensation for injuries, including compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, Pain and Suffering, and even potentially punitive damages if the identity of the at-fault driver is determined.

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If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by someone else's negligence, contact Montlick & Associates today for your free consultation. Montlick & Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-three years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

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Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law
17 Executive Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Telephone: 1 (800) LAW-NEED
Telephone: 1 (404) 529-6333

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Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.