If you leave the scene of an accident, even if it wasn’t your fault, your chances of compensation will be jeopardized and you may face criminal charges. All the more so when the accident was your fault and injuries or fatalities happened. The police will take great pains to find the culprit of a hit-and-run accident. Here’s an example.
According to the AJC, deputies in Rockdale arrested a man accused of killing a 10-year-old boy on a bicycle and fleeing the scene. The accident happened late Monday night near Ebenezer Road and Cherry Hill Lane in Rockdale.
It took police less than a day to gather necessary evidence and find a vehicle that matched. The names of the suspect and the victim have not been released, and the police are seeking tips from the public.
A spokesperson said that the accused driver did not stop and must have felt something hit his vehicle. There was no mention of possible intoxication at the time of the accident.
Get the strong arm
Even if no one is hurt in an accident, you can still be held criminally liable for leaving the scene if there is enough property damage. As a driver, you’re required to exchange information with the other drivers and contact the police to report the incident. For more information on these requirements, visit the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles’ website.