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Hit and Run Injury? Explore Your Legal Options

Getting injured in a car wreck is traumatic enough, but a hit-and-run can make the situation even more complex. If the at-fault driver flees the scene, how do you find them? If you can’t locate the driver, how do you get compensated? And if you do find the driver, how can you ensure they pay?

Unfortunately, many hit-and-run drivers evade the law after an accident. Unless your injuries are extremely severe, the police may not prioritize finding the person, allowing the perpetrator to slip away. In this more common scenario, you will still likely need a personal injury attorney to work with your insurance company.

If the Driver Flees and You Cannot Find Them

  • Check Your Insurance Policy: Review your car insurance policy’s uninsured/underinsured section. Without a person to hold accountable, this part of your insurance is usually your best bet for covering medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
  • Report to the Police: File a report and provide as much information as possible. While the police may not actively pursue the person who hit you, having a police report is essential for your insurance claim.
  • Hire an Attorney: Insurance companies are notorious for minimizing payouts in hit-and-run injury claims. An attorney can negotiate with your insurance company on your behalf, helping to ensure you receive fair compensation.

If Police Find the Hit and Run Driver

  • Document Your Injuries: Carefully assess and document the extent of your injuries. Clear evidence of significant financial loss due to your injuries increases your chances of higher compensation. Punitive damages are awarded in cases of extreme and morally reprehensible behavior.
  • Seek Legal Representation: Prosecuting a hit-and-run driver can become legally complex, especially if separate criminal charges exist. An attorney can help you focus on civil charges related to your personal injury lawsuit to ensure you receive punitive damages and normal compensation.
  • Contact the District Attorney: Georgia has a victims’ compensation fund that you may access through a criminal proceeding against the hit-and-run driver. Your attorney can guide you through this area of compensation for hit-and-run injuries.

Why You Need a Hit-and-Run Accident Attorney

In either scenario, a hit-and-run accident attorney will help you analyze the feasibility of your case, maximize your compensation, and guide you through complex legal hurdles. Having a knowledgeable attorney is crucial when dealing with your insurance company or navigating the legal process if the driver is found.

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If you’ve suffered a hit-and-run injury and need advice about any related personal injury cases, call us today for a free consultation. We have offices in the following locations:

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