Late last week, a man was killed after being hit by a truck near Savannah. An investigation has revealed that the man was a Vero Beach, Florida resident. According to one local news report, the man was walking on Abercorn Street, which is a main road in Savannah, Georgia, when the incident occurred. It seems as if a 1999 or 2000 SUV slammed into the man and caused him to be thrown into nearby bushes and shrubbery.
The driver of the car involved in the accident did not stop to assist the man and instead drove off. The man was found on the ground near a motel sometime after the accident. Unfortunately, he was pronounced dead at the scene where his body was discovered. Currently, Georgia State Police are investing the incident and are in search of the car and driver.
Liability in Hit-and-Run Accidents in Georgia
All accidents have the potential to result in serious physical and emotional damage, but hit-and-runs can be particularly devastating. In Georgia, an accident is considered a hit-and-run if an individual strikes another occupied car or person and leaves the scene.
The law requires people involved in an automobile accident to stop in a reasonably safe manner. This type of offense not only can lead to civil liability but also leaves open the possibility for criminal penalties against the driver, including significant fines, suspension of driving privileges, and even jail or prison time.
Victims of hit-and-run accidents should attempt to stop their cars in a safe place and try to record any information regarding the car that hit them. They should then call law enforcement and seek medical care. However, in many situations, such as the one above, the victim may be killed as a result of the accident. In those cases, the prospect of finding the perpetrator can be remote, especially if no witnesses were present at the time of the accident.
Hit-and-runs are considered extremely serious because of the egregious nature of the act. Many times, people run away from a scene of an accident to avoid liability or because they were driving drunk or carrying something illegal in the car. Although criminal liability is not always imposed, it makes the likelihood of success on a civil claim more likely. It is important to note that a civil case can still be brought against a driver in a hit-and-run even if criminal charges did not result in a conviction.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in a Hit-and-Run Accident in Georgia?
Hit-and-run accidents are seen as a particularly callous type of crime, and often defendants in these cases are given harsh penalties and punishments for their behavior. However, in addition to criminal charges, victims and their families may wish to pursue the defendant for civil liability. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a hit-and-run, you may be entitled to monetary compensation from the defendant. The compensation can include damages for your past medical bills, future medical expenses, and possibly even punitive damages resulting from your accident. Contact the Miller Law Firm to schedule a free initial consultation today at 770-284-3727 to determine what your rights and remedies may be if you were a victim of a hit-and-run accident.
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Georgia Woman Dies in South Carolina Accident, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, October 13, 2014.