Savannah Car Accident Attorney
A hit and run accident occurs when a driver leaves the scene of a car accident before they can be identified or before they exchange complete insurance information, not necessarily only when they flee the scene immediately. If you have been hurt in a hit and run accident, you will be faced with unique challenges when attempting to pursue proper compensation for your damages and injuries. A task that is challenging is not impossible, especially when you work with our Savannah personal injury attorneys from Karsman, McKenzie & Hart.
Using the Police’s Help
Drivers who commit hit-and-runs are violating the law of Georgia State. If someone crashes into you, even if the damage is slight to minor, they must stop to take the time to exchange insurance information and valid identification. If they do not, your first step should be to call the authorities and make a mental checklist of what you do know.
Information that is valuable to the police includes:
- Vehicle make, model, and color
- Description of driving including gender, age, race, clothing, etc.
- What part of their car actually collided with yours
- What direction they were heading before and after the crash
By contacting law enforcement, you complete multiple necessary steps for your case in one. The police can provide you with a written statement that will be used in your claim later, they will get paramedics to the scene if necessary, and they may be able to locate the perpetrator and remove them from the streets before they hurt someone else with their reckless actions. Assuming that the hit-and-run driver is caught, you can proceed with a civil lawsuit against them for your personal injury, as you would after any other car accident.
What If the Driver is Never Identified?
In the worst case yet common scenario of the liable driver never being found, you are still not completely out of luck. With the assistance of a highly-experienced and clever car accident lawyer in Savannah, you may be able to pursue missing damages from your own insurance company. This depends greatly on whether or not you have purchased uninsured motorist (UIM) insurance, since a hit-and-run driver is technically an uninsured motorist by insurance standards. The point is that there is never an incident that leaves you without your legal options.
Elevate Your Case with Our Help
No one can promise that you will find a full recovery amount after being hurt by in a hit-and-run accident, just as how no one can promise that you will not. It all boils down to being willing to create your claim against appropriate parties and doing everything you can to make it the best it can be. This is what motivates our Savannah car accident lawyers – the reality that our dedication and experience can be the difference that allows our clients to pay their medical bills and live comfortably while they recover.
We would love to talk to you about your legal options. Contact us today.