Georgia Leaving the Scene of an Accident Lawyers
In the State of Georgia as in most states, anyone involved in a motor vehicle accident is obligated by law to follow certain procedures immediately following the accident. Failing to follow such obligations can result in serious penalties, which is why you need a defense lawyer who specializes in leaving the scene of an accident cases.
Since there are obviously different accidents that can occur, there are different ways in which to properly handle the situation. The three different types of accidents are personal property, bodily injuries and death. In every accident, you must make sure to stop your vehicle in a safe place.
Let’s say you were driving to the grocery store on a blustery winter day. When you pull into the parking lot, you accidentally slide into a parked vehicle. By law, you are to make a reasonable effort to contact the property owner if any damage was caused. You can take down the license plate number of the vehicle or leave a note at the scene containing your contact information.
In the unfortunate event that you are involved in a motor vehicle accident where bodily injury occurs, it is of course always best to remain calm. You should never leave the scene of an accident where a person is injured. In fact, you have a legal duty to make reasonable attempts to help the injured person. This may include calling for medical or emergency assistance and reporting the accident to police officers.
Whether you accidentally hit and killed a pedestrian or killed someone in another motor vehicle you must call for help. If you leave the scene of an accident where someone has died, you can face a felony, which is a serious criminal charge. If convicted of a felony hit and run, you’ll face serious penalties.
The law firm of Head Thomas Webb & Willis is dedicated to providing the best possible defense for clients accused of leaving the scene of an accident. Depending on the facts of your case, we may find that no property damage or bodily injury occurred as a result of the accident and therefore the charge may be dropped. It is also a defense if you had no knowledge that an accident occurred. Contact us today and we’ll help you with your case.