Can I Sue A Hit and Run Driver in Georgia?

Jul 29, 2022
Nichols Injury Law, P.C.

Were you hurt in a hit and run wreck in Georgia?

Hit and run wrecks are horrible and terrifying experiences – and it’s even worse if the other driver flees the scene. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety well over 682,000 hit-and-run crashes have occured since 2006. You may be confused about what to do next or where to turn for information. On top of that, your medical bills are continuing to grow everyday. You may also be out of work due to your injuries. If you don’t have a responsible party to pay for your medical bills, then you may very well feel as if you are stuck with nowhere to turn.

What are reasons for a hit and run driver to flee?

There are many reasons why a Driver might run away after hitting your car.

In some cases, they’re inexperienced and don’t know what to do. More commonly, however, the hit-and-run driver was breaking the law in some way. For instance:

  • The driver was intoxicated.
  • The driver did not have a valid driver’s license.
  • The driver did not have insurance.
  • The driver was doing something illegal.
  • The driver had an active warrant for his or her arrest.

What are your remaining options?

Even if the hit and run driver gets away and is never arrested, you still have legal options. Under Georgia law, Uninsured motorist (UM or UIM) coverage is a type of coverage on your own car insurance policy that protects you in the event that the at fault driver does not have liability insurance – or if the driver is unknown. It makes sense because you don’t know who the at-fault driver was, there is no way to know whether he or she has insurance, let alone who the insurance carrier is and what the policy limits are.

UM/UIM coverage in Georgia is optional; however, your insurance company is required to offer it to you. Our firm’s job is to evaluate and investigate your case and your insurance policy to make sure you are being paid the maximum amount you are owed.

Take control of your case after a hit-and-run accident. Contact Nichols Injury Law today for your free evaluation. The sooner you retain a lawyer, the stronger your case will become.

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