A motorcycle wreck is one of the most terrifying experiences you can have. If the driver flees, the trauma may be compounded by concern that you will be stuck paying for a crash for which you are not to blame. However, know that you have options and that The Gumprecht Law Firm is available to discuss those options with you now.
Our law firm concentrates on one area of law — personal injury recovery. This allows us to devote our entire attention, resources and experience to helping our injured clients recover the maximum possible damages and doing so as expeditiously as practicable. Our Georgia motorcycle accidents lawyer started his career in the technology sector. His application of advanced tech skills benefits our clients.
Also central to our practice is client communication. You have access to your lawyer 24/7, so if you wreck in the evening or on the weekend, you can talk to your lawyer right away. Immediate investigation preserves evidence and can make all the difference in your case.
Leaving the Scene Is Unlawful
Leaving the scene of an accident that causes property damages or injuries is unlawful under Georgia law. If caught, a fleeing driver faces criminal charges, fines and potential jail time. With so much at stake, why would a driver leave? Usually, the driver believes she faces worse consequences by staying and thinks she can get away with fleeing. Often drivers who flee are intoxicated, do not have a valid driver’s license, have an outstanding arrest warrant or are uninsured and have no assets with which to pay damages.
Recovering Damages in a Hit-and-Run Crash
You have options if the driver fled the scene. First, you may be covered under your uninsured motorist policy. Georgia law mandates that insurance companies offer uninsured motorist coverage to their policyholders, although you have the right to decline.
We strongly suggest that drivers and motorcyclists purchase this important insurance policy, which generally costs only a small additional premium. In the case of a hit-and-run accident, your uninsured motorist policy can often be the most efficient and surest means of recovering damages.
You may also have a third-party claim. For example, a construction company may be liable for leaving debris in the road. Or, a Georgia municipality may be responsible for roadway conditions that prompted the motorist to swerve. Our lawyer meticulously investigates your claim to determine if a third-party was at fault in addition to the hit-and-run driver.
“I Didn’t See You” Is No Defense
When caught, the motorist is likely to offer the common excuse, “I didn’t see you.” This statement actually works to your benefit. The driver is responsible for looking before turning or changing lanes. If he did not see you, then he clearly violated this basic driving rule and is at fault for your accident.
Learn More About Your Rights After a Hit-and-Run
You have options to recover damages in a hit-and-run collision. Learn more about your rights to recovery at your free consultation with The Gumprecht Law Firm. Call 678-800-1050 to speak to your lawyer now.