At Lawbike Motorcycle Injury Lawyers, our Georgia motorcycle accident lawyers have the unique skills, knowledge, and experience to take on the full spectrum of hit and run collisions. Our law practice is solely focused on motorcycle accident claims. If you or your family member was seriously hurt in a crash with a driver who failed to stop and remain at the scene, we are here as a legal resource. Give us a call at 866-529-2453 or contact us directly through our website to set up a free, fully confidential consultation with a top-rated Georgia motorcycle accident attorney.
All Motorists in Georgia are Required to Stop and Remain at the Scene of a Crash
Under Georgia law (Georgia Code § 40-6-270), all motorists involved in a crash must stop and remain at the scene. The law aims to help ensure the safety and well-being of all parties involved in the crash, facilitate communication between those involved, and enable the exchange of accurate information. Non-compliance may result in serious penalties, including fines, license suspension, or even imprisonment. By adhering to these guidelines, Georgia drivers contribute to a safer, more responsible driving environment.
Hit and Run Collisions are a Serious Problem in Georgia
According to data cited by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, hit and runs happen on a regular basis. There were in excess of 700,000 hit and run collisions reported in the United States each year. Georgia, unfortunately, is no exception to this alarming trend. These incidents endanger lives, hinder investigations, and exacerbate the emotional toll on victims.
What to Do If You are Hurt in a Motorcycle Crash With a Hit and Run Driver
Motorcycle accidents should always be taken seriously. As riders have limited protections, a motorcycle crash results in an injury nearly 80 percent of the time. For motorcyclists involved in a wreck with a driver who refuses to stop in violation of Georgia law, the situation can be stressful, frustrating, and confusing. Knowing what to do can make all of the difference. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you navigate this challenging situation:
- Call the Police: As soon as you are safely able, dial 911 to report the hit and run accident. The police will create an official report, which is essential for insurance claims and potential legal action. Every motorcycle accident with a hit and run driver should be promptly reported in Georgia.
- Write Down Everything You Know: Document the crash. While the details are still fresh in your mind, jot down everything you can remember about the incident, including the time, location, direction the other vehicle was heading, and any identifying features of the driver. Also, gather contact information from any witnesses who may have seen the crash.
- Get Medical Care: Seek medical attention promptly, even if your injuries seem minor. Your health comes first. Further, proper documentation of your injuries and their severity is vital for insurance claims and potential legal action. You cannot bring a hit and run motorcycle accident injury claim in Georgia unless you have seen a doctor.
- Notify Your Insurer: Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to report the accident. Inform them that you were involved in a hit and run and provide them with the police report number and any other information you have gathered. As you may have a claim through your own policy, it is crucial that they are aware of the accident.
- Contact a Georgia Motorcycle Accident Attorney: You do not have to navigate the legal claims process alone. A Georgia motorcycle accident attorney with experience navigating hit and run accident claims can help you take action to get justice, accountability, and the maximum financial compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Know Your Options If You are Hurt in a Collision With a Hit and Run Driver
Georgia is a fault-based motor vehicle crash state, including for motorcycle wrecks. Of course, holding the responsible driver legally liable is hard if they did not stop at the scene of the crash. Injured motorcyclists still have legal and financial options available. Consider the following three approaches to seek financial compensation:
- Identifying the Hit and Run Driver: Do not assume that the driver can never be tracked down. Although it may seem daunting, locating the responsible driver is an option worth pursuing. By working with law enforcement and your own motorcycle accident lawyer, you can take action to try to identify the hit and run motorist if it is at all possible to do so. A partial license plate, witness information, and surveillance footage could all help.
- Look to Your Own Insurance Coverage: As a motorcyclist in Georgia, your own insurance policy may offer some protection in the event of a hit and run accident. Most often, these types of cases are brought through an uninsured motorist (UM) claim or and/or an underinsured motorist (UIM) claim.
- Investigating Contributory Factors: In certain situations, other parties may share responsibility for the hit and run accident. For instance, a vehicle manufacturer might be held accountable for defective components of your motorcycle that contributed to the crash. In hit and run motorcycle accident cases, it is always worthwhile to investigate every potential path towards recovering full and fair compensation.
Georgia case law stipulates that uninsured motorist coverage applies, and is primary, when a phantom driver causes a hit-and-run and either makes: (1) contact with another driver; or (2) an individual witnesses the collision. See Travelers Home & Marine Ins. Co. v. Castellanos, 297 Ga. 174, 773 S.E.2d 184 (2015); Finch v. Doe, 247 Ga. App. 298, 543 S.E.2d 105 (2000).
Every motorcycle accident in Georgia should be carefully investigated. A detail-driven investigation is especially vital in hit and run accident claims. With a proactive and thorough investigation, a Georgia motorcycle accident lawyer can help you gather the evidence that you need to get justice.
We Help Motorcycle Accident Victims Secure the Maximum Financial Compensation
In Georgia, motorcycle accident victims have the right to pursue financial compensation for both economic and non-economic damages from the at-fault party. Unfortunately, in hit and run accident motorcycle injury claims, it can be challenging for victims to get access to the full and fair financial compensation that they deserve. Our Georgia motorcycle accident lawyers are committed to helping injured riders and passengers maximize settlement or trial verdict. You may be able to recover for:
- Motorcycle repairs or replacement;
- Emergency medical care;
- Hospital bills and other health care costs;
- Long-term medical needs;
- Lost wages and loss of earning power;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Disfigurement; and
- Wrongful death.
Why Injured Motorcyclists Trust Lawbike Motorcycle Injury Lawyers for a Hit and Run Claim
Dealing with a serious motorcycle crash is hard—especially so if the other driver unlawfully sped away from the accident. At Lawbike Motorcycle Injury Lawyers, our practice is exclusively focused on advocating for motorcycle accident victims. We have what it takes to handle hit and run claims. When you reach out to us, you be able to speak to a Georgia motorcycle accident attorney who can:
- Listen to what you have to say and answer questions about hit and run claims;
- Investigate the hit and run motorcycle crash, gathering all relevant evidence;
- Work with law enforcement officers and other parties to track down the driver;
- Help you explore every potential path to recovery the maximum compensation; and
- Take action to protect your rights and your interests in the motorcycle accident claim.
Contact Our Georgia Hit & Run Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today
At Lawbike Motorcycle Injury Lawyers, our Georgia hit-and-run motorcycle accident lawyers are aggressive, effective advocates for justice. Hurt in a collision? We are here to help. Reach out to us at 866-529-2453 or contact us online for your free, fully confidential initial legal consultation. With a main office in Roswell, we represent injured motorcyclists throughout Georgia, including in Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah, Marietta, Alpharetta, Peachtree Corners, Sandy Springs, Valdosta, and Athens.
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At Lawbike Motorcycle Injury Lawyers, our Georgia motorcycle accident attorneys are passionate, experienced specialists. We have what it takes to help injured motorcyclists get justice after a serious crash.
You do not have to take on the legal system alone. Call us now at 866-529-2453 or contact us online for a free, no commitment review of your case. With law offices in Atlanta and Roswell, we represent motorcycle accident victims throughout all of Georgia.