Hit & Run Car Accident


Hit and run auto incidents are defined as situations where a driver causes or contributes to a collision (involving a person, other vehicle, or object) and neglects to stop and provide their name, contact information and insurance information. Historically, identifying hit and run drivers was challenging due to factors like lack of license plates, drivers wearing sunglasses, and vision-impairing dust from unpaved roads. Today, however, fleeing the scene of an accident without stopping to identify oneself is a legal violation throughout the United States.


In Georgia, the act of leaving an accident scene without furnishing identification information is criminalized under O.C.G.A. § 40-6-270. The law mandates that a driver involved in an accident resulting in injury, death, or property damage must:


“(1) Give his or her name and address and the registration number of the vehicle he or she is driving;


(2) Upon request and if it is available, exhibit his or her operator’s license to the person struck or the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle collided with;


(3) Render to any person injured in such accident reasonable assistance, including the transporting, or the making of arrangements for the transporting, of such person to a physician, surgeon, or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that such treatment is necessary or if such transporting is requested by the injured person; and


(4) Where a person injured in such accident is unconscious, appears deceased, or is otherwise unable to communicate, make every reasonable effort to ensure that emergency medical services and local law enforcement are contacted for the purpose of reporting the accident and making a request for assistance.”


The driver shall in every event remain at the scene of the accident until fulfilling the requirements of this subsection. Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.


Failure to comply in cases involving serious injury or death can lead to felony charges and a prison sentence ranging from one to five years. For non-serious injuries or property damage, the offense is classified as a misdemeanor.


Additionally, a driver who flees an accident scene may face punitive damages in civil lawsuits filed by injured parties. Georgia case law establishes that a hit and run driver’s failure to identify themselves and assist the victim can be interpreted by a jury as a complete disregard for care and indifference to consequences, potentially leading to punitive damages awards. This is exemplified in cases such as Battle v. Kilcrease (1936) and Keenan v. Hill (1989). Hiring a skilled personal injury lawyer can increase the likelihood of receiving punitive damages in court.


Hit and run drivers often flee to avoid arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Without the offending driver’s license plate, identifying them later for compensation claims for property damage and pain and suffering becomes nearly impossible. With time, evidence can be lost, memories fade, and vehicles get repaired, making it important to consult an attorney promptly. A seasoned auto crash lawyer with hit and run expertise can collect vital evidence and attempt to locate the responsible driver and/or vehicle.


While it might seem challenging to receive compensation from an unidentified fleeing driver, an experienced Georgia car accident attorney can assist in pursuing claims through uninsured motorist coverage for damages caused by the hit and run driver.


In cases involving hit and run accidents, securing fair compensation can be complex. This task is complicated when the offending driver remains unidentified. However, options for recovery still exist, even in the absence of the hit and run driver’s identity. A skilled car accident attorney in Georgia can navigate these complexities and help you pursue claims through your uninsured motorist coverage. This coverage can provide a financial pathway for recovering damages caused by the hit and run driver.


It’s important to act quickly following a hit and run accident. Evidence crucial to your case can be lost over time, witnesses’ memories can fade, and the offending party may repair their vehicle, erasing signs of the accident. Therefore, immediate consultation with a knowledgeable attorney specializing in auto accidents and hit and run cases is essential. They can gather critical evidence, piece together the events, and increase the chances of identifying the responsible party.


Our law firm, The Nelson Law Group has extensive experience in handling hit and run car accident cases. Our team is highly skilled at navigating the complexities of these situations and is committed to pursuing the best possible outcome for our clients. Whether it’s collecting evidence, identifying the hit and run driver, or negotiating with insurance companies, our attorneys are equipped with the expertise and determination to support your case.


If you, a family member, or a close friend has been involved in a hit and run accident, contact The Nelson Law Group today at 706-434-8770 or visit us at 7004 Evans Town Center Blvd., Third Floor, Evans, Georgia 30809 to discuss your particular case and our creative strategies with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. We fight for you, and we don’t back down. Every personal injury case holds potentially life-altering consequences. We don’t hold back on providing our clients the best possible personal injury representation available.




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