Hit and Run Accidents
Automobile accidents may be a frightening experience, and they may become even more stressful when the other driver flees the scene of the accident without exchanging the required insurance information. If you or someone in your family has been a victim of a hit and run, it is important to seek the help of a personal injury lawyer who can explore the facts of your case and advise you on your options. Atlanta hit and run accident lawyer T. Andrew Miller has years of experience and has helped many Georgia victims assert their rights after suffering devastating injuries.Pursuing Compensation for a Hit and Run Accident
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,449 fatal hit and run crashes nationwide in 2011. Not only other drivers and passengers but also pedestrians may be at risk. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that about one in five pedestrian fatalities were caused by hit and run drivers, while 60 percent of all hit and run deaths consisted of pedestrians.
A hit and run accident occurs when one driver involved in a wreck illegally flees the scene, failing to stop and identify him or herself to the other people involved in the accident. Under Georgia law, a person involved in a car wreck that injures another person must stop, provide identification and vehicle registration, and offer reasonable assistance, including seeking emergency medical services if needed.
In some cases, a hit and run driver may be located and held accountable. In these situations, you will likely pursue compensation by filing a negligence lawsuit against that person. Negligence is a failure to exercise reasonable care behind the wheel that results in preventable harm to someone else. Fleeing the scene of an accident usually happens when a driver has done something inappropriate that caused or contributed to the wreck, such as driving while intoxicated, driving on a suspended license, or driving without insurance. Any of these behaviors would likely be considered negligent, since a reasonable person would not break the law. If the hit and run driver cannot be located, you may still be able to recover compensation through your insurance company and your uninsured/underinsured motorist policy.
Victims of hit and run accidents may be able to recover a variety of damages, including medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost income and earning capacity, pain and suffering, and property damage. If you have tragically lost a loved one to a hit and run driver, you may be able to recover wrongful death damages, such as funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support, loss of companionship, and more.Protect Your Rights by Enlisting a Hit and Run Accident Lawyer in Atlanta
After being involved in a hit and run accident, it is important to reach out to a motor vehicle collision attorney who can guide you through your legal options and help you make informed decisions about your case. Atlanta hit and run accident attorney T. Andrew Miller will make every effort to hold negligent parties accountable for the harm that they have caused to your family and you. He can represent victims in Stone Mountain, Alpharetta, Marietta, Lawrenceville, Norcross, and other communities throughout Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett Counties. Call us at (678) 894-4758 or contact us online to set up a free appointment.