Fleeing the scene of an accident in which someone is injured is not only morally reprehensible – it’s a serious crime in Georgia and comes with stiff legal consequences.
If you were hurt in an accident caused by a driver who drove away and left you suffering, you want to see more than justice done. You want your suffering recognized and your expenses paid for. After all, this wasn’t your fault.
An Atlanta hit and run lawyer accident lawyer may be able to help you do just that. At Childers, Schlueter & Smith, we use our team’s legal experience to help accident victims get what they need to recover. We may be able to help you move past this terrible incident that has happened.
There is no cost and no obligation for a consultation. Call us today to talk to a dedicated auto wreck attorney and learn more about how we may be able to help.
What’s a Hit and Run Accident?
Hit and run accidents are just like any other car accident in terms of physical damage and potential injuries. But a hit and run accident carries the additional frustration of knowing that the person responsible for your suffering fled the scene in order to try to escape responsibility.
State law requires that a person involved in an accident that injures another person do the following:
- Provide identification and vehicle registration
- Offer reasonable assistance, including summoning emergency medical services, if necessary
A driver who flees the scene does none of these things. He or she faces a felony charge if the accident results in death or serious injury. If an injury is sustained but is not deemed serious, the charge is a misdemeanor. These criminal charges are separate from a lawsuit seeking compensation. A seasoned lawyer could help you understand the legal implications of a driver fleeing the scene.
Compensation Available to Accident Victims in Atlanta
Compensation that we may be able to seek on your behalf includes:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses you incur due to your injuries
- Lost income because you are unable to work
Unlike a common car accident, in a hit and run accident, a crime has occurred. Given the seriousness of the crime and lack of compassion by the at fault driver, a victim may be able to seek more than just compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A hit and run attorney may also be able to seek punitive damages, which are intended to punish the guilty driver and serve as a deterrent for future misbehavior.
None of this compensation can take back the pain you’ve gone through. But it may be able to get you into the best possible place as you recover. It may ensure a brighter future for you and your family. Improving our clients’ lives is the milestone of our jobs as attorneys.
How An Attorney Can Help After a Driver Flees the Scene
Pain. Medical bills. Lost wages. Insurance companies. The mess of paperwork. These are the things that consume your life after you are in a serious car accident. But there is help for you.
We have helped many car accident victims get the resources they need to recover. When we represent you, we become your legal voice. We deal with insurance companies on your behalf. We handle the paperwork. We do everything we can to allow you to focus on your recovery and your family. Our attorneys can work to build the strongest possible case to seek compensation on your behalf after a hit and run car accident.
Consult an Atlanta Hit and Run Accident Attorney
Hit and run cases need to be handled fearless and forcefully. The Atlanta hit and run accident lawyers at Childers, Schlueter & Smith will fight for you in your hit and run case. We want to ensure that the perpetrator pays in full for their careless behavior. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.