Posted in Blog on June 20, 2019
Hit and run refers to a car accident that causes damage and a driver leaves the scene of the accident. That driver leaves without making a report of the incident to authorities or providing their contact information. It does not matter if the driver caused the accident. Everyone involved must remain at the scene until excused by law enforcement, or the direct exchange of information between drivers finishes up.
Hit and run victims deal with shock, disbelief and confusion when someone leaves the scene of the accident. Even without injuries, a victim of a hit and run feels violated and betrayed. Knowing how to handle a hit and run accident in Georgia beforehand adds some peace of mind in a difficult situation.
The state law in Georgia requires vehicle drivers involved in an accident to act with due care. This includes stopping to find individuals who sustained injuries and seeking out the owner of any property damaged. Those involved in the accident can directly exchange their contact information or report the incident to the authorities.
Sometimes the owner of the property damaged is somewhere else. Then, the driver leaves a note to the owner that describes the accident and subsequently files a report of the accident to law enforcement.
In Georgia, the drivers who leave the scene in hit and run accident face prosecution as either a misdemeanor or a felony.
Misdemeanor prosecution for hit and runs in Georgia involve minor traffic accidents without physical injuries. Penalties range from restitution and fines to jail time.
Felony prosecution for hit and runs in Georgia involve traffic accidents with bodily injury or death. Penalties usually mean a prison sentence.
Compensation for victims of hit and run accidents include lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
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