Hit and Run

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What is Hit and Run Accident?

Hit and run accidents are generally considered to be the worst kind of accident. When one of the drivers involved in an accident flees the scene before the police arrive to make a report of the incident, this is referred to as a “hit and run.” The state’s judicial system views this as an attempt to avoid responsibility, which is against the law.

Victims of hit and run accidents can seek assistance from a variety of our professionals, including:

  • Car Accident Lawyers
  • Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
  • Truck Accident Lawyers
  • Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
  • Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
  • Bicycle Accident Lawyers

Even if the other driver drove away from the scene of the accident, you still have the legal right to seek compensation for your injuries and damages.

Why Are Hit and Runs Treated Differently From Other Accidents?

Whenever there is a collision involving vehicles, all parties involved are obligated to pull over. After that, you will be able to check to see if anyone was hurt and call the police to make a formal report of the accident. 

This process is derailed by a hit and run accident. Imagine that you were involved in an accident and that the injuries you sustained rendered you unconscious. If the other driver leaves, there is a chance that no one will find out you were injured and call an ambulance for you. In some cases, accident victims die because no one stopped to call 911.

Additionally, it is interpreted as an attempt to avoid taking responsibility. Because Georgia is a fault state, it is the responsibility of the driver who caused an accident to pay for all damages or have their insurance company do so. A hit and run accident is seen as an attempt to avoid financial responsibility in the eyes of the law.

How Do I Receive Compensation in a Hit and Run Accident?

Whether the driver fled or not, you are still entitled to the same legal protections. Staying at the accident scene and waiting for the police is the best course of action. Obtain the license plate of the vehicle that hit you, if possible.

Police will make an effort to find the vehicle that hit you once the hit and run has been reported. Damaged cars frequently don’t travel far and may be very simple to identify, so in many cases, they will locate the driver quickly.

Other times, the search will take longer for the police. The success rate of these searches is extremely high. Authorities might be able to track down the car by: 

  • Talking to witnesses who may have gotten the license plate, make, and model of the vehicle
  • Tracking the license plate to its registered owner
  • Searching neighborhoods for parked cars that match the description
  • Publicizing the vehicle’s description so someone can turn in the offender

After some time has passed and they have regained their composure, the driver who caused the accident may even turn themselves in to the authorities.

At The Brown Firm, our team may be able to assist you if the police are unable to locate the vehicle that struck you.

Contact a Hit and Run Accident Attorney

If you were involved in an accident with a hit-and-run driver, you need to contact an attorney as quickly as possible. 

Do not wait to seek legal help after an auto accident. The sooner you have spoken with an attorney and provided them with the details of your accident, the sooner they will be able to help track down the hit and run driver. 

Your best chance at receiving financial compensation for your losses is to have an attorney at your side every step of the way. 

Our experienced personal injury attorneys offer free consultations to accident victims in Georgia and South Carolina. Call The Brown Firm today at 800-529-1441 to speak with our personal injury team.

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