Atlanta Hit and Run Lawyers
Most drivers have heard of the term “hit and run” and understand its meaning. A hit and run occurs when you are involved in an accident with another vehicle and the driver of the other vehicle fails to stop. They leave the scene of the accident without providing their personal contact or insurance information, or waiting for the police to arrive. Even though everyone is aware of what a hit and run is all about, actually being involved in one can be scary and frustrating. As a law-abiding citizen, it’s difficult to understand why someone would do such a thing.
COMMON REASONS DRIVERS LEAVE THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT
When a driver leaves the scene of an accident, it usually is an indication that there are other problems going on with that person. For instance, he/she may be:
- Intoxicated and flees to avoid being arrested.
- An illegal alien, not legally licensed to drive in the U.S. and is afraid of being deported.
- Driving on a suspended or revoked license, and will face jail time if police are involved.
- Facing a warrant for their arrest in Georgia or another state.
- Afraid of what will happen if they stop at the accident.
Whatever the reason for their fleeting the scene, you are still the victim and will need to take quick action to get the help you deserve.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF A HIT AND RUN AUTO ACCIDENT
After an accident occurs and you suddenly realize the driver that struck your vehicle is leaving the scene of the accident, it is very tempting to follow the vehicle. However, pursuing the fleeing vehicle is not wise. The driver has a reason to avoid the law, and following them may not be safe. Instead, try to get as much information about the other car as possible, such as the make and model, color, and any part of the license plate number. Immediately call the police to report the accident, and stay at the scene. If there are any witnesses to the collision, get their contact information. Document with photos any resulting damage. And most importantly, contact an experienced Atlanta hit and run car accident attorney.
IS THERE HOPE FOR RECOVERING DAMAGES AFTER A HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT?
The chance of holding a hit and run driver responsible for the resulting injuries and property damage is difficult. It often depends on how much identifying information is obtained at the accident scene, as well as the severity of the damage to the other driver’s vehicle. That doesn’t mean, however, that you are without hope. Retaining a skilled personal injury attorney early on will dramatically increase your chances of recovering damages. They will be able to identify all insurance policies that may apply, and can also pressure the authorities to do a thorough investigation to find the at fault driver.
The attorneys at Randy Scott Slater, P.C. bring over three decades of experience to Georgia hit and run accident cases. If you or a loved one has been injured by a driver that fled the accident scene, contact our office at (404) 888-0500 for your free consultation. We represent clients in Atlanta, Marietta, Decatur, Roswell, and across the state.