Hit and Run Accidents
Georgia law requires that motorists involved in a collision stop to exchange their information with other drivers. Failure to do this can be a serious crime. Dedicated car crash lawyer Terrence R. Bethune can help you if you have been hurt near Atlanta by a hit and run accident. You may be able to seek compensation for your injuries by filing a negligence claim. Even if you do not know the identity of the other driver, Mr. Bethune can work with your insurance company to get the money you need.
LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT
A person who leaves the scene of an accident has violated O.C.G.A. § 40-6-270. The statute requires that someone involved in a collision with another driver must stop to exchange certain information if either bodily injury or property damage resulted. An individual who leaves the scene of an accident that caused serious injury or death has committed a felony. If nobody has been seriously harmed, it is a misdemeanor.
ASSERT YOUR RIGHT TO COMPENSATION AGAINST A HIT AND RUN DRIVER
The Georgia hit and run statute is a criminal law, so it does not give rise to an independent cause of action. However, victims of these accidents are not without legal options. They can file a negligence claim and potentially collect compensation from the other driver by proving:
- The defendant driver owed a duty of care to the victim;
- The driver breached his or her duty of care;
- The victim was hurt because of the defendant’s careless or reckless actions; and
- Actual damages resulted from the accident.
Every Georgia motorist has a duty to avoid unreasonable behavior that can injure other people. A breach of this obligation may occur when an individual engages makes careless, unsafe decisions, such as texting while driving, getting behind the wheel while drunk or drugged, or driving over the speed limit.
To be held liable, the defendant must be both the cause in fact and the proximate cause of the victim’s injuries. This means that the accident would not have occurred but for the defendant’s actions, and also that the victim’s harm was a natural and probable consequence of the breach.
The defendant’s specific act of carelessness and the link connecting it to the victim’s injuries likely do not consist of leaving the scene of the accident. A driver’s careless behavior prior to a crash is usually the root of a negligence claim, since what happened after the accident probably cannot be considered its cause. However, there may be exceptions to this general pattern. A knowledgeable attorney can investigate the details of your case.
Even if you were the victim of an anonymous hit and run accident, you may still be able to seek compensation. You can likely file a claim with your own insurer to collect money to reimburse your medical bills, lost wages, and other costs. The help of an experienced lawyer can increase the chances that you receive full and fair compensation from your insurance company.
EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT WITH AN ATLANTA LAWYER
People hurt in hit and run collisions may have been left at the scene, but they should not feel alone and abandoned. Since 1997, car accident attorney Terrence R. Bethune has sought compensation for victims near Atlanta. Mr. Bethune can help investigate your crash, track down the driver responsible, and, if appropriate, file a lawsuit to hold any negligent parties accountable. Fill out our contact form or call (470) 709-0666 to schedule a free case evaluation.