Earlier this week, a driver was involved in a hit-and-run accident that resulted in the death of a 29-year-old victim. A local Georgia newspaper article reported that police are in search for the driver who fled the scene of the crime. Apparently, the victim was driving south on his motorcycle on GA 247 on Tuesday, November 11. At some point, a Toyota pickup truck turned into the wrong lane and hit the victim’s motorcycle.
Witnesses reported that they had to veer out of their lanes to avoid the accident. They also indicated that it did not seem that the Toyota driver even attempted to get out of his lane. The victim, who was a volunteer fire-fighter, was airlifted to Navicent Health, where he unfortunately passed away.
In Georgia, an accident is considered a hit-and-run when a driver’s actions cause an accident or contribute to one, and the wrongdoer flees the scene of the incident. Under Georgia law, individuals who cause or are involved in an accident that results in injury or damage to others or their property must abide by certain rules and regulations. First, the driver must either stop or immediately return to the scene of the accident and provide identifying information. The driver then has to provide the other individuals involved in the accident with his or her driver’s license information. He or she then must try to either assist the driver or arrange transportation to a medical provider if the victim is suffering from obvious injuries. Lastly, it is crucial that the driver call the police or emergency personnel if there is any indication that the victim is hurt, unconscious, or otherwise unable to describe his or her present condition.
Evidence of Guilt in Hit and Run Accidents
In Georgia individuals who are involved in a hit-and-run accident may be charged in criminal proceedings as well as liable in civil cases brought by accident victims or their families. Although evidence of fleeing the scene of the accident is not all that is needed to establish guilt, it is considered a heavy factor in determining guilt, weighing the consequences, and awarding damages. Many aspects of the accident are considered, including the circumstances surrounding the collision, possible impairments of the driver, and the injury to the victim.
Have You Been Involved in a Hit and Run Accident in Georgia?
Miller Legal Services has over 30 years of experience in Georgia personal injury cases, including hit-and-run accidents. If you have been involved in an automobile accident or a hit-and-run crash, it is crucial that you contact one of our experienced attorneys. You may be entitled to monetary compensation for medical bills related to your injuries and other damages. Hit-and-run accidents can be difficult because many times the driver will contest the fact that he or she was involved at all or that he or she understood the severity of the accident. Additionally, many witnesses will need to be found and interviewed. Contact our office at 770-284-3727 to set up a free initial consultation with one of our dedicated attorneys.
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Georgia Woman Dies in South Carolina Accident, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, October 13, 2014.