Hit and run accidents are all too common, and can be absolutely horrifying for those left behind. If you are the victim of a hit and run accident, then you have been through a great tragedy and Decatur, DeKalb County attorney Andrew Lynch can help ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve.
According to the Official Code of Georgia §40-6-270, if someone is involved in any kind of accident where a person is injured or a car is damaged, than there is a “duty of [the] driver to stop at or return to scene of accident”. That driver is required by law to stay at the scene of the accident until:
· License and registration information has been exchanged by all people involved, as well as everyone’s names and addresses.
· Local law enforcement has been contacted and is on the scene.
· If necessary, emergency aid services are adequately provided to any and all injured persons.
If you have been involved in an accident where someone did not stay until all of the above has been completed, then you have been the victim of a very serious crime. Hit and run is a misdemeanor in most cases, but if a death or serious injury occurs then it is a felony offense.
As soon as the person flees, you need to call the police and seek medical attention. Immediately write down as much information as you can find on the car that hit you as well, and give it to the police when they arrive. If you can, try and take pictures of any damage done. Also see if you can get the contact information from any witnesses to the accident, and ask them to speak to the police as well. Though this can add stress to an already frightening event, it will help you significantly down the road. Once you know that everyone, including yourself, is okay and has received the attention they need, contact attorney Andrew Lynch.
When someone harms you, your family, or your property in a car accident, it is their responsibility to fix that damage. That person fleeing the scene, without ensuring that you are unharmed, is wrong, and it certainly does not release them of that responsibility to you. Regardless of the reason they fled, you must hold them to their duty as a Georgia driver to stay at the scene of the accident. Make sure that they right the wrongs they have inflicted on you by contacting Decatur, DeKalb County lawyer Andrew Lynch immediately for a free consolation.