For any number of reasons, drivers sometimes leave the scene and fail to report car accidents. When you are struck and injured by one of these negligent drivers, you may not know your options.
With the help of a Rome hit-and-run accident lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, you can stand up for your rights and hold the at-fault party accountable. Contact our law office today by calling (404) 888-8888 to learn more about your rights with a free consultation.
Duty of Care in a Traffic Accident
According to O.C.G.A. § 40-6-270, drivers in Georgia have a responsibility to stop if they are involved in a traffic accident and someone is injured. They must also give their name and information, as well as render help where reasonable. If they fail to do so, they may be charged with a crime.
Holding the Hit-and-Run Driver Accountable
When a driver fails to meet their duty of care to you, they may face criminal and civil consequences. Once they are identified and tracked down, you can file a civil lawsuit against them for their actions. Your right to file a civil suit is not dependent on the success of any criminal action taken by the state.
For a free legal consultation with a hit-and-run accidents lawyer serving Rome, call (404) 888-8888
Types of Recoverable Damages in Hit-and-Run Accidents
Through a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to recover damages. You may also be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are meant to compensate you for your financial losses due to your injuries. These can include medical expenses, such as:
- Doctors’ bills
- Specialists’ visits
- Prescription costs
- Physical therapy
- Psychological counseling
If you need ongoing medical care to treat your injuries, you can also recover economic damages for future medical expenses. In addition to money for your medical bills, you can also recover economic damages for your lost wages if your injury prevented you from working. If your injury limits your ability to work or seek work in the future, you can recover damages for your lost earning potential.
If you lose your loved one in a hit-and-run accident, you can recover damages for the medical expenses and lost wages their injuries caused between the time of the accident and their passing. You can also seek economic damages for their burial expenses and lost future earnings.
Non-economic damages are meant to compensate you for your non-financial losses. If you were struck by a hit-and-run driver, you can seek non-economic damages for your:
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Emotional suffering
Sometimes your injuries may make it difficult to go through your day to day life or may make it impossible for you to participate in activities you once loved.
In wrongful death cases, this includes things like physical pain and mental and emotional suffering. You can recover non-economic damages for your loved one’s pain and suffering between the time of the accident and their passing, as well as your pain and suffering caused by their loss.
Your Rome hit-and-run accident lawyer will be able to give you a better idea of what damages you may be eligible for after reviewing your case. To learn more about the compensation you may be eligible to receive, contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers at (404) 888-8888.
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How Our Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyers Can Help You
Our Rome hit-and-run accident lawyers can help you pursue damages by investigating the accident, negotiating on your behalf, and advocating for your rights.
Our Lawyers Will Investigate
Even if the hit-and-run driver has not yet been found, a lawyer can still help you. They will explain your options and rights—and can even investigate the crash themselves.
Your lawyer will:
- Collect evidence
- Contact witnesses
- Get to the bottom of what happened
Armed with this evidence, your lawyer can build a case to hold the negligent parties accountable for your injuries.
Our Lawyers Will Negotiate
Your lawyer will use the evidence from their investigation to negotiate on your behalf. Oftentimes, insurance companies will try to keep their bottom line low by paying you less than what you deserve. Instead of accepting this, your lawyer will fight to get you the compensation you are owed. If the insurance companies still will not pay, then your lawyer will take the case to trial.
Our Lawyers Will Advocate for You
If necessary, your lawyer will take your case before a judge or jury to advocate for your rights. Sometimes insurers will settle once a trial begins, and other times your case will end with a verdict. Either way, your attorney will see your case through to the end.
Consider an Accident Attorney
Your time to file a lawsuit is limited. According to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, you generally have two years from the time of the accident to file a lawsuit, but there are sometimes exceptions to this rule. Either way, time is of the essence, so the sooner you call, the sooner your lawyer can get to work for you.
Learn More About How Our Hit-and-Run Accident Attorneys Can Help
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers serve the injured victims of negligence in the Atlanta area with the dignity, respect, and personal attention they deserve. To learn more about our personal injury law firm and how our Rome hit-and-run accident lawyers can help you, contact our office today by calling (404) 888-8888.