A 40-year-old father of two was recently killed in an Atlanta hit-and-run car accident and his family members are asking for help in finding the driver responsible for his death. According to a WSB-TV news report, the fatal car wreck occurred near the intersection of Campbellton and Fairburn Road in Atlanta. Officials say the man was crossing the road when a white Chevy Equinox SUV struck him. His family has returned to the crash site to pass out fliers and ask for help in finding a white SUV with extensive front-end damage and a missing driver side-view mirror.
It is our moral and legal responsibility as Georgia drivers to remain at a crash site when someone has been injured or killed. Under Georgia Statute 40-6-270, the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash that results in injury, death of any person or damage to the other vehicle must immediately stop at the scene or as close as possible.
Drivers who fail to remain at the scene of an accident can be arrested and charged for their actions. However, a conviction for leaving the scene of a crash will not automatically result in financial compensation for the victim or the victim’s family. Furthermore, not all hit-and-run drivers in Atlanta are apprehended.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal hit-and-run accident, it is important that you stay abreast of the ongoing investigation. If the at-fault driver is apprehended, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim to receive support for losses, such as lost future wages, loss of companionship, funeral expenses, and other related damages.
If, however, the hit-and-run driver is not apprehended, you still may be able to receive support for your loss. Uninsured motorist coverage, for example, covers hit-and-run accidents as well as crashes involving drivers without insurance.
Make sure you understand all of your options before making any legal decisions. An experienced Atlanta car accident attorney at the Grant Law Office can help you through the process. Call (404) 995-3955 for a comprehensive case evaluation today.