Hit-and-Run Attorneys in Atlanta, Georgia
Butler Tobin is sometimes able to help police locate an at-fault driver.
Any hit and run lawyer Atlanta GA can trust will agree: hit and run collisions should never occur. When a driver causes a wreck, the driver should stop to answer for what happened and check on the people in the other cars. It is the right thing to do, and it is also the law. See O.C.G.A. § 40-6- 270. But some drivers are so desperate to get away that they run anyway.
In the past 15 years, the number of hit and run accidents in the United States has increased by 15%. In the general sense, a hit-and- run refers to leaving the scene of an accident without identifying yourself or checking to see if anyone involved in the accident needs medical attention. In a real-world sense, a hit and run involves a cowardly decision to shirk responsibility. Our firm pursues hit-and- run drivers by searching for surveillance videos, talking with witnesses, inspecting accident debris, and pursuing other leads. As a hit and run lawyer Atlanta GA residents have come to trust, our attorney is dedicated to helping accident victims recover compensation for serious injuries.
A hit and run lawyer Atlanta GA drivers rely upon can tell you that Georgia law requires that at-fault drivers stop or return to the crash site if an accident results in bodily injury, death, or damage to any vehicle. O.C.G.A. § 40-6- 270. At-fault drivers should also exchange information with the other driver, render first aid to accident victims, and summon help if one of the victims needs emergency treatment. Id.
Leaving the scene of a car accident without first stopping is a crime. Someone who does not stop after an accident may be charged with a misdemeanor or felony. If the accident resulted in serious injury or death, the hit-and- run driver is charged with a felony offense. Hit-and- run drivers may also face significant financial penalties. In Georgia, a jury may award punitive damages if the jurors feel a driver showed “that entire want of care which would raise the presumption of conscious indifference to consequences.” O.C.G.A. § 51-12- 5.1.
REASONS FOR FLEEING
There are several reasons a driver might flee from the scene without stopping to render aid and exchange information with the other driver.
- The driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- The driver has a suspended license and is not supposed to be driving.
- The driver is afraid of being arrested on an outstanding warrant.
- The driver does not have a valid license.
- The driver does not have auto insurance.
- The driver is an immigrant who does not have the required legal documentation.
When a hit-and- run driver leaves the scene of an accident, the police conduct an investigation. Unfortunately, the police don’t have unlimited resources, so they don’t always find hit-and- run drivers. That’s where we come in. Our hit and run lawyer Atlanta GA drivers can trust, may review accident reports, examine video footage from the scene of the accident, and interview witnesses.
Butler Tobin is sometimes able to help police locate an at-fault driver. In one case where a mother lost her son to a driver who fled the scene, our attorneys talked with the news media, followed an anonymous tip, and tracked down a witness who led the police to the offending driver.
Even if it is impossible to find the driver who caused the accident, we can sometimes recover money from insurance companies. Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is available in case you are in an accident with a driver who does not have liability insurance or who does not have enough insurance to cover your accident-related expenses.
Even if you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, don’t talk to anyone from your insurance company unless you have an attorney to advise you. Insurance companies are more interested in minimizing their expenses—that is, paying out as little money as possible—than making sure injured people receive the compensation they deserve. Don’t give a statement or sign anything from your insurance company until you talk with one of our attorneys. And remember this—if you talk with the insurance company on the phone, they will most likely record what you say in hopes that they can use it against you later.