I’ve Been the Victim of a Hit and Run Part II- A Follow-Up
A few weeks ago I wrote about the proper steps you should take if you have been the victim of a hit and run. The article was well received and I was asked to do a follow up on the topic.
Let me start by telling you a story. A driver is headed home on a rural two lane road. As the driver approaches a hard curve in the road they see another driver coming around the curve in the opposite lane. All of a sudden a third car emerges from behind the car that is approaching our driver. This third car is attempting to pass the approaching car, and is doing so by coming into our driver’s lane. Our driver cannot swerve into the other lane because there is a car approaching. Our driver has only one real option, drive off the road. Our driver jerks the wheel at the last second, veers off road, and hits a tree.
Is this our driver’s fault? Or can we consider this a hit and run?
This is by Georgia Law a hit and run, but our driver has some responsibilities if he wants to make a claim. A hit and run can occur even if their is no contact between two cars. Georgia Law demands that all drivers honor the rules of the road and consider for the safety of other drivers. If you find yourself in the same situation as our driver you must follow these steps:
1. Do your very best to identify the year, make, model, color, and tag number of the car that ran you off the road.
2. Contact local law enforcement as soon as possible. This is paramount. You can’t wait until you get home, or the next day. You must call the police as soon as you can.
3. Locate a witness to corroborate your version of events. Should you not have a witness this may not eliminate you from a claim but if possible find a witness.
It is important that you can show your insurance company that you made your very best effort to identify the car at fault, that you did not delay in reporting, and that you had no other option but to take the course of action that lead to your property damage and/or injuries.
If you have been the victim of a hit and run accident or any type of automobile accident call John Mixon and Associates today at 706-724-9999 or toll free at 1-800-727-1234. Allow our experience to work for you today.