Hit and Run Accidents
In Georgia and in accordance with the Official Code of Georgia Annotated 40-6-270, it is a felony to leave the scene of an accident without stopping and giving proper information such as insurance information and a driver’s license, and to render aid if the situation is one in which rendering aid is required and appropriate. Yet, regardless of the strict rules of the law and the penalties for violating the law in Georgia, we still see a staggering number of Hit and Run Accidents in Atlanta, Georgia and in other parts of Georgia as well including, but not limited to, Fulton County, Cobb County, Gwinnett County, and Cherokee County.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a hit and run accident whether it be a situation where a pedestrian was involved or whether it be a situation where a motor vehicle was involved, or any other circumstance whereby a party who may have anything to do with the accident has fled the scene, then please Contact Us as soon as possible. There are specific laws that involve hit and run accidents so it is imperative that you seek the advice of legal counsel in these types of situations. At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates not only do we know and understand the laws specific to hit and run accidents, we also know and understand the insurance implications of these types of accidents. Without this knowledge on your side, there is little doubt that the insurance company will try and take advantage so that the insurance company can pay as little as possible to resolve the claim.
A Hit and Run could mean that a pedestrian was hit by a motor vehicle and the person who was driving the motor vehicle fled the scene. A Hit and Run can also mean that a motor vehicle has hit another motor vehicle and the driver of one or more of the vehicles fled the scene. In Georgia, as stated herein above, it is mandatory that a driver of a motor vehicle have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. In many cases, this coverage can be used in a situation where you were in an accident and the driver of another motor vehicle, or the drivers of other motor vehicles if you were involved in a collision where more than one or two vehicles were involved, have fled the scene of the accident. All of our legal consultations are free of charge.
Pedestrians are very often the victims of hit and run circumstances. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated that in the year of 2011, in the United States, 4,432 pedestrians who were hit by a motor vehicle were killed, and 69,000 pedestrians who were struck by a motor vehicle were injured, and stated the following facts:
- Seventy-three percent (73%) of fatalities that pedestrians suffered happened in an urban vs. rural location;
- Seventy percent (70%) of the fatalities that happened were at places where there was not an intersection;
- Eighty-eight (88%) of the pedestrian deaths happened under weather conditions that were considered normal such as cloudy or clear but not in rainy, snowy, or foggy weather conditions; and
- Seventy-percent (70%) of the pedestrian deaths occurred at night between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. The NHTSA also noted that the majority of pedestrian deaths during the week happen between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and midnight whereas a majority of pedestrian deaths on the weekend happen between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.
- Pedestrians who were age 65 or older made up nineteen percent (19%) of the fatalities (844 total), and approximately ten percent (10%) or 7,000 of those pedestrians who were age 65 or older were injured;
- Most of the pedestrians that were killed were males (70% or two-thirds);
- Close to 1/5th of children from ages 5 to 9 that were killed in motor vehicle related accidents were children that were pedestrians;
- Alcohol played a role, whether it be on the part of the driver or on the part of the pedestrian, in almost one-half (48% to be exact) of the cases where a pedestrian was killed; and
- Georgia had 1.32 pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 people in Georgia. This number was slightly above average for the United States.
It is important to note that the statistics above do not mean that every pedestrian fatality in the United States was caused by a motor vehicle driver who fled the scene. The statistics above are meant to highlight how often, approximately one (1) pedestrian every two (2) hours is killed by a motor vehicle in the United States, and a disturbing one (1) pedestrian every eight (8) minutes is injured by a motor vehicle, pedestrian and motor vehicle contact can result in an injury or death.
If you are involved in a hit and run collision whether as a driver or a pedestrian, then if possible try and obtain the license plate number of the driver who has left the scene. If the person leaving the scene is a pedestrian or a driver who is attempting to flee on foot, then try and get as much detail as possible about that person such as weight, height, what her/his face looks like, any distinguishing marks or characteristics of the person, what he/she is wearing, and what direction she/he was heading. In times today when it seems that most people have a cellular phone if it is possible, then take a picture or a video of the person or motor vehicle leaving the scene. Note all the establishments around you at the time as well since one or more of those establishments may have valuable information on a surveillance camera. Also note the names and contact information of any witnesses.
If you are injured, then seek medical attention immediately and then contact competent legal counsel to assist you in weeding through the insurance issues that are specific to hit and run accidents. It is important in these types of cases that you do not wait to hire a lawyer to assist you so that a proper investigation takes place before valuable evidence is destroyed or rendered useless due to the passage of time.
At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates, our Personal Injury Lawyers are the best in the field for hit and run accident scenarios since we know the laws as the law pertains to a particular set of facts and circumstances, and we also know the insurance implications of these types of cases and the laws pertaining thereto. You may reach us by any or all of the following means; by phone at (770) 865-8654 and (813) 363-6664; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; and/or by the contact form on our Website.
We look forward to hearing from you and working through the facts of your particular case and to pave the road to achieving the most lucrative compensation that we can for you under the circumstances of your particular case.