Hit-and-run accidents have been a growing problem in recent years. If a
driver strikes another vehicle (occupied or not) and leaves the scene
without alerting authorities or exchanging information with the other
driver, it is considered a hit-and-run. The reasons for a hit and run
incident can vary – not wanting to file an insurance claim, being
uninsured or unlicensed, illegal substances or devices in the vehicle,
or even the at-fault party attempting to hide from law enforcement for
Regardless of the reason, Georgia state law requires drivers who are involved
in an accident to stop. There can be serious consequences if someone chooses
to leave the scene of an accident; especially when another driver is involved.
Being involved in an accident can be a scary experience, but below are
some tips that might help if you’re involved in a hit-and-run situation.
The more details you can give to authorities, the better the chances of
finding the other driving and holding them accountable.
- Try to stay calm and park your car in a safe spot.
- Immediately call 911 and request police to the scene.
- Seek medical attention right away if necessary.
- Write down as many details as possible – even if you think you can
remember them it’s better to have them documented. Important details
may include things like the date, time and conditions of the accident;
as well as the color, make, model and license plate numbers of the other
vehicle and a physical description of the driver if you saw them.
- Attempt to locate witnesses and get their contact information. Witnesses
can be crucial in hit-and-run cases.
- Take photos of scene of the accident and your vehicle.
- Only discuss details of the scene with law enforcement.
Insurance companies can be difficult to deal with in these types of situations.
You should report the accident to your own insurance company as soon as
possible, but do not make or sign any formal statements. For more information
about what to do following an accident, call Jones & Swanson today
at 770-427-5498. Even if there were no injuries involved, we’re
happy to provide expertise and help in any way we can.