Deadly Hit and Run Accident Leaves Family with Questions
You never want to hear the news that your loved one has died in a sudden accident. Unfortunately, one Georgia family received that news in October after a woman was struck by a car as she was walking down the street. Georgia State Patrol and local police officers were investigating the incident because the driver who killed the woman did not stay at the scene of the accident.
Wrongful Death after a Hit and Run
If a negligent driver hits a pedestrian and the pedestrian does not survive their injuries, Georgia law gives certain surviving family members the right to seek financial recovery by filing a wrongful death claim. Financial losses of family members can include:
- Funeral costs
- Burial expenses
- Loss of financial contribution if the deceased was a contributor to the household
- Loss of the value of household services
A wrongful death claim not only seeks compensation for tangible and financial losses suffered by the family due to the sudden death, but also for the emotional losses and grief. Families often find a send of justice when the person who caused the death is held liable.
Unfortunately, in order to seek compensation from the responsible party, you must identify the party that caused the death. While Georgia law requires drivers to remain at the scene of an accident that caused injury or death, sadly many drivers violate this law and drive away. Drivers may hit and run for many reasons including drinking and driving, criminal warrants, lack of insurance, and more.
When a driver flees the scene of a fatal accident, the victim is no longer available to tell their side of the story and assist police in catching the driver. However, all hope is not lost for family members, as there are ways to investigate the accident can identify the hit and run driver. Some tactics include finding potential witnesses, offering rewards, seeing if there was any video surveillance cameras nearby, and more.
Family members who lose a loved one in a hit and run should still definitely discuss their options with an experienced Alpharetta wrongful death attorney who can help them seek justice for their loved one and financial recovery for their losses. Call Boling Rice LLC at 770-355-0780 today for help.