In late October, a woman was found by authorities dead on the side of a DeKalb County road after being hit by a car. According to one local news report, police revealed that the woman’s body was found around Glenwood Road at around 9:30 p.m. At the time of discovery, the authorities believed that the woman was just the victim of a hit-and-run, but further investigation revealed that she had been shot in the head as well.
According to witness reports and 911 logs, gunfire was called in shortly before the woman was found on the side of the road. However, the police chief has not confirmed that those calls were related to the woman’s death. Regardless, it seems clear at this point that this is at least a hit-and-run accident, and perhaps something more sinister.
Georgia’s Strict Rules Concerning Hit-and-Run
A hit-and-run accident is considered one of the most serious vehicle-related offenses in Georgia. These types of accidents often entail more serious punishments than DUI convictions. In many instances, a hit-and-run occurs because the other driver is afraid of the consequences he or she will face because of hitting another individual in an accident that the driver caused.
Often, this apprehension is not due to the actual accident itself but due to their fear of being caught for another crime or violation. For example, a person may leave the scene of an accident if they have a warrant out for their arrest, are driving with a suspended license, or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
When an individual is the victim of a hit-and-run accident, they should do their best to gather as much information as they can. First, the victim should stop their car in the closest and safest place possible. They should then try and write down or record any identifying information they can recall. Obviously, a license plate number would be ideal, but the make or model of the car would be helpful, in addition to any identifying information about the culpable party. Then, the victim should call 911 or emergency personnel.
It is very important that this all be done as close to the scene of the accident as possible, since the longer the delay, the harder it will be to prove injuries and damages. The victim should also try to gather information about any witnesses because this will be crucial if a person tries to deny liability.
Have You Been a Victim of a Hit-and-Run in Georgia?
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a hit-and-run accident in Georgia, you should consider contacting one of the dedicated and experienced attorneys at Miller Legal Services. The attorneys at Miller Legal Services have years of experience representing clients at all stages of litigation and handling highly emotional and complex cases, such as hit-and-run cases. If you are successful, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries, including compensation for any pain and suffering that you endured as a result of the accident. Contact an attorney at Miller Legal Services today at 770-284-3727 to schedule your free initial consultation.
See Related Blog Posts:
Georgia Teens Killed on Highway When Driver Allegedly Fails to Yield to Oncoming Police Vehicle, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, October 14, 2015.
Eighth Circuit Circuit Court Finds Independent Intervening Cause As Defense to Liability, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, October 21, 2015.