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Being involved in a hit-and-run accident can be a traumatic experience. Not only do you have to deal with physical injuries and property damage, but you may also be left wondering how you will pay for medical bills and repairs.
At Cunningham Bounds, we understand the challenges that come with hit-and-run accidents. Our experienced team of attorneys is here to help you navigate the legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve.
What is a Hit & Run Accident?
A hit-and-run accident, often referred to simply as a hit-and-run, is a type of motor vehicle collision in which one party involved in the accident leaves the scene without stopping to exchange information or provide assistance to the other party or parties involved. In essence, it's a situation where a driver involved in an accident flees instead of taking responsibility for their actions.
Here are the key elements of a hit-and-run accident:
- Collision: A hit-and-run accident involves a collision between two or more vehicles or between a vehicle and a pedestrian, cyclist, or stationary object, just like any other traffic accident.
- Fleeing the Scene: What distinguishes a hit-and-run is that one of the parties involved, typically the at-fault driver, leaves the scene without stopping. This can involve driving away immediately after the accident or escaping sometime later without providing their contact information.
- Failure to Exchange Information: After a traffic accident in Georgia, drivers are legally required to stop and exchange information with the other parties involved. This information usually includes names, addresses, phone numbers, driver's license numbers, and insurance information. In a hit-and-run, this exchange doesn't happen because the fleeing driver doesn't stick around.
- Illegality: Hit-and-run accidents are illegal in Georgia and all other states. Drivers who flee the scene of an accident may face criminal charges, fines, and potential license suspension or revocation.
- Consequences: Hit-and-run accidents can have serious consequences, not only for the victim but also for the fleeing driver. The victim may be left with medical expenses, property damage, and emotional trauma, while the hit-and-run driver may face legal penalties if caught.
- Investigations: Law enforcement agencies typically investigate hit-and-run accidents to identify the responsible driver. They may rely on witness statements, surveillance footage, and vehicle debris left at the scene to track down the fleeing driver.
Benefits of Uninsured Motorist Coverage
Uninsured motorist coverage in Georgia can be incredibly valuable in the event of a hit-and-run accident. This coverage is designed to protect you when you're involved in an accident with a driver who either doesn't have insurance (uninsured) or can't be identified (hit-and-run).
Here are the benefits of uninsured motorist coverage in Georgia in the context of a hit-and-run accident:
- Financial Protection: Hit-and-run accidents can leave you with significant financial burdens, such as medical bills, property damage, and potentially lost wages. If the at-fault driver can't be identified or doesn't have insurance, uninsured motorist coverage can help cover these expenses. Without this coverage, you might have to pay for these costs out of your own pocket.
- Medical Expenses: Uninsured motorist coverage can cover your medical expenses, including hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, and doctor visits, resulting from injuries sustained in the hit-and-run accident. This can provide peace of mind knowing that you won't have to worry about the cost of necessary medical treatment.
- Property Damage: If your vehicle is damaged in a hit-and-run accident, uninsured motorist coverage can help cover the cost of repairs or replacement. Without this coverage, you'd need to rely on your own insurance or personal funds to repair or replace your vehicle.
- Coverage for Passengers: Uninsured motorist coverage typically extends to passengers in your vehicle at the time of the accident, providing them with similar protection for their medical expenses and injuries.
- Peace of Mind: Knowing that you have uninsured motorist coverage can give you peace of mind while driving in Georgia. You won't have to worry as much about being left with financial burdens if you're involved in a hit-and-run accident or an accident with an uninsured driver.
How We Can Help
Our Atlanta hit-and-run accident attorneys have extensive experience handling hit-and-run accident cases. We will conduct a thorough investigation to identify the driver responsible for the accident and hold them accountable for their actions.
We will also work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. Our goal is to help you move forward from this traumatic experience with the financial resources you need to heal and recover.
If you've been involved in a hit-and-run accident, don't wait to seek legal help. Contact Cunningham Bounds today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced hit-and-run attorneys in Atlanta.
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