Hit and Run Accident
When a person has been in an auto accident, the driver has a duty to stop his or her car, make sure the others involved in the accident are okay, and if not, to call 911 for a paramedic before reporting the accident to the police. But what happens when the other driver is at fault and leave the scene of an accident?
Hit and run accidents most commonly occur when the driver hits a car while backing up or sideswiping in a parking lot. However, a hit and run accident can be much more serious, causing injuries to others or even resulting in the death of another person.
You may believe that if you are involved in a hit and run accident, then you may not have a means of recovery. This is not true. There are steps you can take to ensure you are properly compensated.
If you have been in a hit and run accident, contact the police and then reach out to a personal injury attorney with years of experience who can help you get proper compensation. A personal injury law firm like the Don Turner Legal Team can ensure that you get the help you need for any property damage or injury claims caused by a hit and run driver.How to Get Compensation After a Hit and Run Accident in Georgia
There are steps you can take after a hit and run accident to help an attorney get compensation for you.
- Call the police and make a report. Ask for a copy of the report or get one as soon as it becomes available
- Take photographs of your car and the scene around the accident
- Get the names of any witnesses to the accident
- Report the incident to your insurance agent.
- Do not follow a fleeing hit and run driver. This can put you in danger, especially if you or others were injured and jeopardize the police officer's trust in who was really fleeing the scene and who was at fault.
- Call an attorney. If your insurance company isn’t cooperating or the police haven’t found the person who left the scene of the accident, an attorney can help.
If you are able to identify the person who hit you and are able to retain their insurance information, you will be able to file a claim with their car insurance company. However, if you are unable to identify the hit and run driver, you will have to contact your car insurance company and see if the damage and medical bills will be covered.
Be aware - Georgia is one of six states that does not allow for uninsured motorists' policy to cover property damage if you have been in a hit and run. While the police are looking for the other driver, you can speak to the personal injury lawyers at the Don Turner Legal Team about your next steps. If law enforcement locates the other driver, we may be able to help you get compensation that your insurance does not cover using the evidence you’ve collected. This can include lost wages, payment of medical bills and other damages related to the accident or your injuries.Our Atlanta, Georgia Hit and Run Accident Attorneys Help Clients Like You
In Georgia, the law states that if there is an accident involving a moving vehicle, everyone involved must stop or return to the scene of the accident. A driver who fails to do this will face a criminal charge punishable by a serious fine or possibly jail time if the accident results in an injury or death. Georgia lawmakers take hit and run accidents very seriously and so do the attorneys with the Don Turner Legal Firm. We are eager to help you get the compensation you deserve if you are injured in a hit and run accident. Call us for a free consultation as soon as possible.