Late last week, a Dunwoody resident was found on the side of the road after what appears to be a hit-and-run accident. According to a local news report, the victim was found at approximately 6 a.m. on the west side of the highway near Roswell Road. When police arrived at the scene of the accident, they reported that it seemed as if the victim was hit by several cars. Unfortunately, she was left in a state where she was unrecognizable. Investigations have revealed that it was likely that the victim walked onto the street and was subsequently hit by the cars.
As of the most recent news reports, it does not seem that police have been able to identify the driver of the car. The only information they have is a possible witness account that the vehicle was a white pickup truck with a shell on the back of it. The case is still being considered a hit-and-run.
Hit and Run Accidents in Georgia
In Georgia, a hit-and-run accident is considered as such when an individual leaves the scene of an accident that they caused. This act can actually be considered a felony even if no fatality occurs. In Georgia, individuals who are involved in an accident have the duty to provide their insurance and other identifying information. Furthermore, an individual has to contact emergency personnel if any injury has resulted because of the accident. This should be done as soon as it is safe to do so.
There are many reasons that a party may leave the scene of an accident. Many times this has to do with the fear of the repercussions they will face because of their involvement in the accident. However, leaving a scene of a crime, even when they were not negligent in causing the accident, will elevate any charges they may have faced. The fact that a driver fled the scene is also likely admissible in a trial for damages brought by one of the injured parties.
Some of the common reasons people flee the scene of a car accident without complying with proper procedures are because of things such as:
- They are in the commission of another crime when the accident occurs;
- They are driving without a license or insurance;
- They are driving a stolen vehicle; or
- They are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
It is important to note that the individual does not necessarily need to have been found negligent in the original accident to be charged in a hit-and-run.
Have You Been a Victim of Hit and Run in Georgia?
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a hit and run accident in Georgia, you may consider bringing a personal injury suit against the culpable party. Hit-and-runs can be particularly devastating because the entire recovery process is delayed when the authorities are attempting to identify the person or people involved. If you are successful in your claim, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your past medical bills, future medical expenses, and possibly even punitive damages. Contact Miller Legal Services at 770-284-3727 to schedule a free initial consultation today.
See Related Blog Posts
Georgia Truck Accident Kills Three in the Same Family, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, December 17, 2014.
Officers Searching For Truck in Georgia Hit-and-Run, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, January 21, 2015.