How To Pursue Compensation For A Hit-And-Run Accident
Automobile accidents are frightening experiences that can be made more stressful when the other driver leaves the scene of the accident.
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. An attorney can explore the facts of your case and advise you on your options. Lawyer T. Andrew Miller in Atlanta has years of experience and has helped many Georgia hit-and-run accident victims assert their rights after suffering injuries.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are more than a thousand fatal hit-and-run crashes nationwide each year. Drivers, passengers and even pedestrians can be at risk.
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:
- Provide identification and vehicle registration
- Offer reasonable assistance, which can include seeking emergency medical services
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.
Why People Flee
Fleeing the scene of an accident often occurs when a driver has done something wrong. For instance, driving while intoxicated, driving on a suspended license, or driving without insurance. These are examples of negligent behavior. But if the hit-and-run driver cannot be found, you may still recover compensation through your insurance company and your uninsured/underinsured motorist policy.
Recovery Of Damages
Victims of hit-and-run accidents may recover various damages. These include medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost income, earning capacity, pain and suffering, and property damage. Therefore, recovery of wrongful death damages are possible when a loved one is lost to a hit-and-run driver. These may include funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support, and loss of companionship, among others.
Call Us Today To Protect Your Rights
After being involved in a hit-and-run accident, it is important to reach out to an attorney who can guide you through your legal options and help you make informed decisions about your case. 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.