Earlier this month, a Georgia woman was arrested and charged with drunk driving and fleeing the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury after she allegedly struck a pedestrian and then fled the scene. According to one local news source, the accident took place around 10:20 in the evening on Pat Mell Road in Cobb County.
Evidently, the woman was driving a Pontiac Bonneville west on Pat Mell Road when she struck the pedestrian, who was crossing from the west to the east. Rather than stopping to see if the accident victim was all right or needed emergency medical assistance, the driver fled the scene.
Police found the driver a few hours later and arrested her. The evidence suggested that she was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the collision, and she was charged with drunk driving in addition to fleeing the scene. The accident victim was eventually transported to the hospital and, at the time of the article’s publication, was still in critical condition.
Hit-and-Run Accidents in Georgia
Of all the types of serious and fatal accidents, hit-and-run accidents are some of the most tragic as well as some of the most frustrating. Unlike other types of accidents, hit-and-run accidents have an element of intent in that the driver makes the conscious decision to leave the scene of the accident in favor of hopefully escaping liability for their actions.
However, when a hit-and-run driver is located, they are often charged with additional crimes and can also face civil liability based on their failure to stop and render aid.
A Driver’s Duty to Stop and Render Assistance
All Georgia drivers are required to stop at the scene of an accident, regardless of whose fault the original accident is. In addition, under Georgia law the following is required of drivers involved in an accident:
- Provide name, address, and vehicle registration when asked by another motorist involved in the accident;
- Provide a driver’s license to the other motorist;
- Render “reasonable assistance” to anyone who was injured in the accident; and
- In cases where serious injury or death seem likely, make every reasonable effort to ensure emergency personnel are notified.
Depending on the seriousness of the injuries sustained by the accident victim, the crime of fleeing the scene of an accident may be either a misdemeanor or a felony, punishable by up to five years in jail.
Have You Been Injured in a Hit-and-Run Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a hit-and-run accident in Georgia, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for the physical and emotional injuries you have sustained. Keep in mind that these kinds of cases often require that the plaintiff work directly with the insurance company, who may try to get you to settle the case for as little as possible. While settlements are not always a poor idea, an experienced attorney should be consulted prior to accepting a settlement offer. To learn more, contact one of the dedicated attorneys at Miller Legal Services, at 770-284-3727.
See Related Blog Posts:
Georgia Court Decides Important Case Involving Uninsured Motorist Protection, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, June 12, 2015.
State Supreme Court Precludes Driver from Amending Complaint to Add Additional Defendant, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, May 28, 2015.