by Criminal Defense Attorney Atlanta William C. Head:
Fleeing the scene of a car accident is a serious driving offense under Georgia hit and run law.
For any felony hit and run, jail time can be up to 15 years per serious injury or death.
The hit and run laws in GA state it is the driver’s duty to stop after this car accident has occurred. State law criminalizes the conduct of a driver who hits another occupied vehicle or person and fails to stop to render aid, check for injuries, or call 911.
A Georgia hit and run driver can face misdemeanor or felony punishment depending on the severity of the injury if convicted, and the driver knowingly fails to stop and comply with all the applicable provisions under Section 40-6-270.
In addition, the DUI hit and run penalty under Georgia criminal laws is only part of this hit and run punishment. If convicted, you also face:
Leaving the scene of an auto accident can be a long-term financial disaster.
Since this may be a criminal offense, the injured person may seek punitive damages designed to punish the other for inflicting pain and suffering.
To paraphrase the Georgia hit and run statute OCGA 40-6-270:
The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in personal injury to or the death of any person or damage to an occupied vehicle must stop the vehicle at the scene or as close to the scene of the accident as possible.
The person should return to the scene of the accident and:
If this hit and run accident cause serious injury or death, any person who knowingly fails to stop and comply with the requirements of the above Code section shall be guilty of a FELONY that is punishable by 1 – 5 years in prison.
The driver shall remain at the scene of the accident until fulfilling the above requirements. You must not obstruct traffic at every chance.
If the accident causes a minor injury to another person or vehicle and fails to stop/report the accident, you will be convicted of a MISDEMEANOR. The consequences are listed below:
Any municipal court shall be authorized to impose the punishments provided for in this Code section upon a Code violation leading to conviction or any provisions.
If you are involved in this type of accident, attorney Bubba Head and his law partners can help. The CALL is FREE. The INITIAL CONSULTATION is FREE. Payment plans are available. Why not call upon Georgia’s three Super Lawyers, Cory Yager (an ex-cop), Larry Kohn or 41-year veteran criminal attorney Bubba Head for legal advice before your hit and run GA case explodes. Dial our law office at 404-567-5515, 24 hours a day.