Hit and Run: Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Oct. 8, 2018
If you are in an accident in Georgia and leave the scene, you have committed a “specific intent” crime. Leaving the scene of an accident is one of the more serious traffic offense in Georgia and, thus, the penalties can be quite severe.
Specific Intent Crimes
Not all laws define crimes as specific or general intent. The court may advise you whether the crime is or isn’t specific intent. A crime that falls under this definition is one where you knew you were violating a law voluntarily. As it applies to a hit and run, the defendant is presumed to know that he or she must remain at the scene of an accident until information is exchanged and/or first responders arrive. Additionally, the defendant must also render aid if possible, or call first responders if the others involved are not able to make the call.
Hit and Run
Georgia law dictates that any person involved in a motor vehicle accident that results in the death or injury of any person involved, or any vehicle damage, must stop at the scene or as close as possible. At a minimum, involved drivers must exchange their names, addresses and registration numbers of their vehicles. Drivers must present their driver’s license information.
Drivers must also provide aid, including taking someone to the hospital or calling an ambulance if medical care is needed and/or is requested by the injured person. If the injured is severely injured or appears to be deceased, a person involved in the accident must contact the police and emergency services.
If a driver leaves the scene of an accident that results in death or serious injury, the driver who leaves may be charged with a felony. If the injury is not serious, the driver could be charged with a misdemeanor. Furthermore, if a driver doesn’t provide aid as described in the statutes, he or she may be charged with a misdemeanor.
If a driver is convicted of hit and run, he or she may be fined, may receive jail time, or both. The driver could also be subject to probation or have his or her driver’s license suspended.
If you have been accused of hit and run, contact Treadaway & Treadaway today to schedule a consultation.