Hit and Run Accidents
Experienced Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers for Hit and Run Victims
Hit and run is a serious crime and can even be charged as a felony offense if a significant injury or death occurs. Nevertheless, some drivers will fail to stop at the scene of a car accident. This can be due to their having no insurance or valid driver's license, or they have unlawful immigrant status. Sometimes, drivers involved in an auto accident are simply afraid to face the consequences of their actions.
Regardless, the results of a hit and run are often tragic, and several people die every day and dozens more are injured in hit and run accidents. There is hope for the accident victim, however, and the legal team at Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall LLC dedicate their knowledge, skill and experience every day to helping victims of hit and run accidents in and near Atlanta recover compensation for their injuries.Georgia Law Requires Drivers to Stop After an Accident
All drivers involved in an accident are required under Georgia law to immediately stop or return to the scene if the event caused injury, death, or damage to a vehicle. The drivers have a duty to exchange information with one another and to render aid or get help if one of the drivers is seriously injured and cannot get to a hospital without assistance. A knowing failure to stop and comply with the law is a misdemeanor, but if the accident caused death or serious injury, then the hit and run is a felony offense, and the guilty party can face up to five years in prison. The difficulty is that often times a hit and run victim is not able to identify the driver or the vehicle that caused the accident. What can they do?Uninsured Motorist Coverage Can Help
How can you recover compensation for your injuries if you can't identify the driver or the car that hit you? If you have uninsured motorist coverage on your automobile insurance policy, you can file a claim with your own insurance company. Normally, uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage applies when you are hit by a driver who 1.) is not carrying any liability insurance, 2.) does not have enough insurance to cover your costs. However, UM can also be used in the case of a hit and run. You are not required by law to carry UM/UIM coverage, but your insurance company is required to offer it. Adding UM coverage to your automotive policy is relatively cheap considering the benefit, so check your policy to make sure you have this important piece of coverage.
It is very important to understand that even though you are filing a claim with your own insurer, you should still be represented by an attorney. Filing a claim puts your interests against the interests of your insurer, and they will likely try to minimize their payout to you, just as the other driver's insurer would if you were suing them. Make sure you visit with an experienced Atlanta auto accident attorney before you give any statements to any insurance company, and before you sign any settlement documents.Get Help with Your Georgia Hit and Run Accident
If you or a loved one been injured in a hit and run accident, contact the experienced lawyers at Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall LLC at (404) 460-0101 for a free consultation to discuss your rights to compensation. We represent clients across Georgia, including the cities of Atlanta, Roswell, Rome, Macon and Jonesboro.