We represent people that have suffered injuries as a result of a hit and run collision. The fact that you have been injured as a result of an unknown person who left the scene does not mean that you cannot recover for your injuries.
An injury claim with an unknown driver is called a “John Doe” claim. There are legal and insurance requirements to pursue this type of claim. Please contact Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. Our Georgia car accident injury lawyers will help determine if you have a claim.
Here are some tips for what to do if you’re a victim of a Hit and Run:
- Gather as much information as possible – If you witnessed the collision, write down as much identifying information for the other vehicle as possible, such as license plate number, color, make and model. This is extremely important and may be the only way for the police to track the offender down. Next, try to locate potential witnesses in the area. Make sure you get the witnesses names and contact information for the police and insurance company as soon as possible because they are often difficult to locate after the incident.
- Call the police – Call the police and provide them with the information you have and file a Hit and Run accident report. This is a vital step and should be done immediately. The quicker you call the police, the quicker they can attempt to catch the person that committed the crime.
Civil Consequences of a Hit and Run Accident
A consequence of a hit-and-run injury claim is that the injured party may have a claim for punitive damages in addition to compensatory claims. Punitive damages are generally available when the person being sued intentionally or recklessly causes harm, or acts in a particularly egregious manner.