Hit and Run Accident Lawyer

The number of hit and run accidents are increasing—what is even more concerning, is that there were more fatal hit and runs each year from 2009 through 2012, the most recent year that data is available.

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:

  1. Stop
  2. Render help to anyone who is injured
  3. If necessary, contact emergency medical services and local law enforcement
  4. 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 are in need of a hit and run accident lawyer in Atlanta, contact Mike immediately so he can begin searching for the driver and hold that driver accountable.

Contact Mike Rafi

ADDRESS

1201 WEST PEACHTREE STREET NW

SUITE 2319

ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30309

1895 Phoenix Boulevard

Suite 110B

College Park, GA 30349

PHONE/FAX

ATLANTA PHONE: 404-800-9933

COL. PARK PHONE: 404-800-9985

FAX: 470-344-3425