Tragic Hit and Run in Athens

Thumbnail image for iStock_000016030629XSmall.jpgIf good friends and prayers work wonders, a young college student with many of both friends and prayers will hopefully recover from her critical injuries. We all pray she does. Last week a terrible hit and run accident injured the young woman who is reportedly fighting for her life in an Athens hospital. It is suspected that the driver that hit her was drunk at the time of the accident. Injured victims of drunk drivers need a great deal of support and compassion, something I have learned first hand as an Atlanta drunk driving injury lawyer.

The injured student is in a coma and on a ventilator after having undergone brain surgery. As we are all aware, brain injuries are very serious and her injuries appear to be critical. I have represented accident victims with serious brain injuries. If they are fortunate enough to recover, they often have life-long challenges that are helped by having secured their legal rights and medical support.

The accident occurred very early in the morning as the young woman walked on the grass off the road after a friend’s birthday party. She was struck from behind by a pick up truck that was left at the scene. The vehicle had beer cans in it.

Detectives are working on the case and have yet to arrest the suspected driver. They have been hoping to get not only witness reports which they already have secured, but also possible surveillance film from nearby businesses. The person driving the vehicle suspected of harming the victim is known to detectives. According to reports, he is not willing to help in the investigation and has retained a lawyer, which is his right to do.

All hit and run is against the law in Georgia. But the hit and run that involves injury or death is more serious than one that involves property damage. The Official Code of Georgia Annotated section 40-6-270 states that drivers “of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or the death of any person or in damage to a vehicle which is driven or attended by any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of the accident or shall stop as close thereto as possible” and provide identification and help the injured with “reasonable assistance, including the transporting, or the making of arrangements for the transporting, of such person to a physician, surgeon, or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that such treatment is necessary or if such transporting is requested by the injured person.” The law requires that the driver remain at the scene of the accident until fulfilling the requirements noted in this provision.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a drunk driver or in a hit and run accident, please contact me for a free consultation. There is no need to suffer without the support you need and it is very important to secure your rights as quickly as possible.

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