Steps to Take When You’re the Victim of a Georgia Hit-and-Run Accident
If you get into an accident with a driver who leaves the scene of the accident, it is understandable to feel angry at the situation and confused about how best to proceed. While there are some challenges associated with Georgia hit-and-run personal injury cases, there are some steps you can take to improve your situation:
- Collect information: It will be difficult to stay calm and keep your wits about you after an accident, especially when the responsible driver flees the scene. However, you must collect as much information as you can. If you saw the make or model of the vehicle or its license plate number, even a partial number, and any other potential identifying information, write it down as soon as possible so you don’t forget it.
- Find witnesses: If there were any other drivers or bystanders at the scene, talk to them and get their names, contact information and a description of what they saw. You can provide their information to the police and your insurance provider, who can talk to them in greater detail about what they witnessed.
- Take pictures: Take photos of the accident scene, including the damage to your vehicle and the surrounding area. If the other car’s paint is visible on your vehicle, make sure to get close-up photos of it. Doing so may help you identify the color of the vehicle.
- File a police report: Call the police as soon as possible after the accident, and then file an accident report that includes all the information you have, including the names and contact information of any witnesses.
If the hit-and-run collision occurred while you were away from your vehicle, you can still estimate the time at which it occurred and the location. You can also take photos of the damage.
To learn more about what to do if you’ve been involved in a hit-and-run accident, consult a dedicated Georgia auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Melvin S. Nash. Call the firm at 470.655.2839 or contact us online.