Hit and Run Accidents

Experienced Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers for Hit and Run Victims

Hit and Run Accident

Hit and run auto accidents often result in serious injuries. Although leaving the scene of a car accident is a crime, and often causes significant injury or death, the issue still occurs. A big reason why a driver commits a hit and run can be due to the driver having no insurance or driver’s license. 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. In Georgia, several people die every day, and dozens more are injured, in hit and run auto accidents. If a person is the victim of a hit and run car accident, it is extremely important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. An injured person may be entitled to compensation from their own insurance company for a car accident involving a hit and run driver, but there is often a very limited period of time to pursue such claims. At Katz Personal Injury Lawyers, our attorneys are extremely experienced at pursuing insurance claims related to hit and run drivers. In fact, we dedicate our 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 automobile accident are required under Georgia law to immediately stop or return to the scene if the accident 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 oftentimes a hit and run victim is not able to identify the driver or the vehicle that caused the accident. In such cases, what can they do?

Uninsured Motorist Coverage Can Help

How can you recover compensation for your injuries if you cannot 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, or 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 inexpensive 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 Personal Injury Lawyers 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.

Client Reviews

I was in a head-on collision last year that put me in a wheelchair with a fractured femur. I needed an attorney and my cousin recommended this firm because he had used Briant Mildenhall for his accident. I was glad I called Briant because he always did what he said he would do and kept me informed...

Michael G.

After a head–on collision I had extremely serious injuries to my back and neck, and some internal injuries. I was airlifted to the hospital and started a huge amount of medical expenses accumulating. I hired a lawyer recommended by a friend but I was not satisfied. My cousin told me about this...

Ronda W.

After my car accident, I was looking for an attorney and came across the name Katz Personal Injury Lawyers. My intuition told me to call. I called in and Briant Mildenhall talked to me. He was very clear and honest about my options. As the case went forward, Briant and the staff at the law office...

Antonio J.

I am 100% satisfied. I called Rob the day after the accident. Everything he said that would happen did, every step of the way. He went beyond what we needed him to do. I would definitely use him again and recommend him to anyone who needs a lawyer.

Steve H.

Robert Katz isn't your average personal injury lawyer. He has specialized knowledge and experience that the others don't.

Timothy W.

Contact Us

  1. 1 Free Consultation
  2. 2 No Obligation
  3. 3 Exceptional Personal Service
Complete the contact form or call us at (888) 426-2100
to schedule your free consultation.

Leave Us a Message

I have read the disclaimer. (Required)
Please note that sending us a message via our website or any other online property does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and any lawyer at Katz Wright & Fleming, LLC.