Understanding Hit-and-Run Accidents in Georgia
A hit-and-run accident occurs when a driver involved in a collision fails to stop, exchange information, or render aid as required by law. Hit-and-run accidents can leave victims feeling helpless and unsure about their options for seeking justice and compensation. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a hit-and-run accident in Georgia, our experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help you navigate the legal process and obtain the compensation you deserve.
Georgia Law and Hit-and-Run Accidents
Under Georgia law, drivers involved in an accident must stop, exchange contact and insurance information, and provide reasonable assistance to anyone injured. Failing to do so is considered a hit-and-run, which carries serious criminal penalties, including fines and potential jail time. In addition to criminal penalties, hit-and-run drivers can also be held liable for civil damages to compensate victims for their losses.
Pursuing Compensation for Hit-and-Run Accident Victims
Even if the hit-and-run driver is not found, victims may still be able to pursue compensation through their own insurance policy's uninsured motorist (UM) coverage. UM coverage is designed to protect policyholders in situations where the at-fault driver is either uninsured or cannot be identified, such as in a hit-and-run accident. Our skilled attorneys will work with you to determine the best course of action for recovering compensation, whether that involves pursuing a claim against the hit-and-run driver (if identified) or seeking compensation from your own insurance company.
Punitive Damages and UM Coverage in Georgia
In some cases, hit-and-run accident victims may be eligible to pursue punitive damages, which are meant to punish the at-fault party and deter similar behavior in the future. Under Georgia law (O.C.G.A. § 51-12-5.1), punitive damages may be awarded in cases involving willful misconduct, malice, fraud, or other aggravating circumstances.
It's important to note that Georgia law (O.C.G.A. § 33-7-11) requires insurance policies to include uninsured motorist (UM) coverage, unless the policyholder specifically declines it in writing. UM coverage provides protection in hit-and-run accidents, but it generally does not cover punitive damages. Our experienced attorneys will help you understand your options for recovering compensation, including any potential punitive damages, in your hit-and-run accident case.
How Our Georgia Hit-and-Run Accident Attorneys Can Help
Our experienced hit-and-run accident attorneys are dedicated to providing compassionate, aggressive legal representation to help you recover the compensation you deserve. We understand the unique challenges associated with hit-and-run cases and will work tirelessly to investigate the accident, identify the responsible party, and hold them accountable. We will also help you navigate the insurance claims process and negotiate with insurance companies to ensure you receive a fair settlement.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit-and-run accident in Georgia, do not hesitate to contact our skilled personal injury attorneys for a free consultation. We are committed to providing personalized legal assistance and will work diligently to help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.