GEORGIA LAW ON HIT & RUNS
Georgia has a “Hit-and-Run” law: O.C.G.A. § 40-6-270. Under this law, a driver must do certain things after an accident:
- Render help to anyone who is injured
- If necessary, contact emergency medical services and local law enforcement
- Provide information (name, address, vehicle registration number, and driver’s license)
If a driver breaks the “Hit-and-Run” law, the driver can face fines, loss of license, and up to 5 years in prison.
In Georgia, drivers who leave the scene of an accident face stiff monetary penalties too—punitive damages. A jury can award punitive damages when the driver shows an “entire want of care and conscious indifference to the consequences.” Keenan v. Hill, 190 Ga. App. 108, 109 (1989). Punitive damages are intended to punish the driver and deter him and the public as a whole from engaging in that behavior. Most times, a driver runs from the scene of an accident because he was driving while impaired, did not have a valid driver’s license, or had an outstanding warrant for his arrest—these drivers should be punished criminally and civilly.
FINDING A HIT & RUN DRIVER
Finding a hit-and-run driver is very important. If the driver is known, then the driver’s insurance can be responsible for damages; if the driver is unknown, then the injured person can turn to his own UM coverage.
Finding a hit-and-run driver, though, is not easy—it takes time, energy, and resources, but Mike Rafi has successfully done it before. Mike will go to the scene, examine any physical evidence (like car parts left behind), speak to witnesses, and gather any video evidence. If you have been in an accident and the other driver left the scene, contact Mike immediately so he can begin searching for the driver and hold that driver accountable.