What To Do In Case Of A Hit-and-Run In Georgia?

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Being the victim of a hit-and-run accident in Georgia can be a terrifying experience.   These incidents are serious, and they happen far too often. If you have been the victim of a hit-and-run, you may be worried about identifying the other driver, taking pictures or recording the accident scene, and interacting with law enforcement.  Then you have to worry about getting compensation for your injuries and damages. Remembering a few key things can help you protect your rights and maximize any compensation you might be eligible to receive.

How to Report a Hit-and-Run

After the initial shock of a hit-and-run accident, taking the proper steps is critical.  Georgia law requires you to “immediately” report any accident involving injuries, deaths, or more than $500 in property damage to the police. Here’s how to report a hit-and-run crash in Georgia:

  • Call 911: When you dial 911 to report the incident, be ready to provide as much information as possible. If possible, include your location, a description of the hit-and-run driver or their vehicle, and any other details that might be helpful.
  • Wait for the Police: Don’t leave the accident scene until law enforcement arrives.  Particularly inn Georgia, where it’s not only essential to any personal injury claim, but is also the law. Furthermore, you should document everything you can remember about the accident and the fleeing vehicle.  Take photos of any damage to your car and the scene. Be sure to get contact info for any witnesses who saw the accident. All of this will support your police report.
  • File a Police Report: Once the officers arrive, you must file a police report. This report is an official record of the incident and will play a vital role in any subsequent legal action or insurance claims. Be honest and as detailed as possible when providing your account of the accident.
  • Notify Your Insurance Company: The most important, and final step, is to report the incident to your own auto insurance company as soon as possible. Be sure to provide them with a copy of the police report after the police have completed their initial investigation. Taking swift action will help expedite any claims you need to make.  It also helps preserve your ability to be compensated under any uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance coverage you may have.

Being the victim of a hit-and-run can quickly become overwhelming, but don’t lose hope.  Our experienced lawyers are here to help. We will evaluate the details of your accident and advise you on the best path forward to recover compensation.  Give us a call today at 770-214-2500 for a free consultation.

 

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