In the city of Atlanta, a hit-and-run accident is one where an at-fault party does not stop and remain on scene after causing a vehicle collision. Hit-and-run is considered a crime in most jurisdictions in the United States, including within the state of Georgia.
When a person causes an accident with their own vehicle, they are legally obligated to remain at the scene of that accident until they are released from the scene by law enforcement. Too often, drivers panic and flee the scene. Because this can reduce an officer’s ability to determine fault and a victim’s chances of compensation, fleeing the scene is considered to be a criminal activity.
When a person is charged and convicted of hit-and-run, they face a variety of consequences. Those consequences may include fines, suspension or revocation of a driver’s license and jail time. How harshly a person is treated following a hit-and-run will depend on the circumstances of the accident, the severity of injury or property damage, criminal and driving history, and the sitting judge.
A person who is injured in a vehicle accident is typically legally due compensation from the at-fault driver when that driver can be identified. The need for police to locate an at-fault party can slow this process. If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident, you have rights. Contact an attorney experienced in car accident law for assistance in determining the best next steps. No person should suffer physically or financially due to someone’s negligence or criminal activity.