Hit and Run Wrecks in Georgia
In Georgia, if you are in a car wreck of any kind, you are required to stop and share certain information with the other motorist or motorists involved. By law you are required to share:
- Your name
- Your address
- Your vehicle’s registration
You are also required to render medical assistance as needed and within your ability to do so and to call 911 if necessary.
Not stopping after a wreck—even if it is just a so-called fender bender—is known as a hit and run.
Penalties for Hit and Run
Hit and run is a misdemeanor in Georgia, punishable by:
- Fines between $300 and $1,000
- Up to 12 months in jail
- Possible stay, suspension or probation of a drivers license
If the hit and run wreck resulted in serious injuries or fatalities, the driver who fled the scene could be charged with a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.
In addition to these criminal charges and penalties, the driver could also face civil litigation from the victim and/or the victim’s family.
Hit and Run Victims
If you are the victim of a hit and run wreck, the first thing you need to do is gather as much information as you can about the other vehicle. Write down the make, model and color of the vehicle—if you can make out the license plate number, be sure to record that as well. Also include anything you are able to see regarding the driver and passengers.
Were there any eyewitnesses? If so, get their contact information. Also note the location and time of the accident and the direction in which the driver left.
Take photographs of the damage to your vehicle. If the driver is apprehended, you can file a claim with his or her insurance company. If not, you may need to apply through your own policy’s uninsured motorist coverage.
Legal Assistance with Hit and Run
If you have been involved in a hit and run wreck, there is a tremendous amount of research and work to do. Finding an experienced car wreck attorney should be among your top priorities. The right attorney can shoulder this burden and work on your behalf to get the best possible outcome in your case.