A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 25,580 people died and many more were injured in 2012 auto accidents from January through September. Being prepared before an accident can enable a victim to obtain all the necessary information that will be helpful to their case.
Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident you should discuss your case with an accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.
According to the NHTSA, fatal hit-and-run auto accidents increased 14 percent from 2009 to 2011, from 1,274 to 1,449. Nearly 20 percent of pedestrian fatalities are hit-and-runs and 60 percent of hit-and-run fatalities involve pedestrians.
A recent AAA report offered advice for hit-and-run victims:
- Stay calm and do not attempt to pursue the other driver. This could cause additional accidents and injuries.
- Call 911. Both the accident cause and victim are obligated to remain at the scene. A victim can be charged for leaving an accident scene.
- Document as much information as possible. This includes the make, model, and license number of the vehicle that fled the scene. Any description of the driver or passengers could also be helpful.
- Try to identify witnesses. If possible, collect contact information of any witnesses. This will be helpful to the insurance company, the investigating police officer and an attorney.
- File an insurance claim. If enough information is obtained to identify the driver who fled the scene, a victim can get the driver's insurance information. If the driver has no liability coverage or cannot be located then a claim can be filed with a victim's insurer if there is uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage.
- Contact an experienced Clayton County accident attorney.
Hit-and-run victims may also be entitled to money from the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. We can obtain the relevant evidence including police reports.