The roads in Georgia can be hazardous, particularly in areas with high congestion. As a result, it is not uncommon for accidents to occur. These accidents might result in physical injury, and the party responsible may panic and react in ways that are not typical.
A motorist’s initial reaction might be to flee the scene of the accident. However, this could result in criminal charges. Drivers in Georgia are expected to adhere to specific rules and regulations, including when they have been involved in an accident.
What is expected of drivers after a car accident?
If you have hit another vehicle in Georgia, the law requires you to fulfill certain obligations. These are outlined in Georgia code 40.60.270.
Motorists are expected to stop at the scene of the accident. Additionally, those who have hit other drivers are expected to provide them with their name, address and vehicle registration details. Crucially, if someone has been injured, those involved in the accident have a legal duty to try and get medical assistance by calling 911.
What are the potential consequences of fleeing the scene?
Drivers who fail to adhere to the obligations defined by statute could be charged with fleeing the scene, also known as a hit-and-run. The consequences of a hit-and-run conviction vary in degree but could result in significant jail time or a fine. Additionally, those convicted of this offense may have their license suspended. Leaving the scene of an accident where someone has been injured or killed is considered a very serious offense.
What if the other vehicle is unoccupied?
In cases where you may have hit an unattended vehicle, the law still imposes legal duties on you. You are required to leave a note containing your details in a prominent position on the vehicle. Failure to do so could result in jail time in severe circumstances or a considerable fine.
Understanding the law in relation to hit-and-run accidents could be in your best interests. If you are facing charges for driving violations, it is important to remember that you have legal rights.