Georgia law dictates that anytime there is an accident, everyone involved is supposed to pull over. If anyone is injured, help should be called. It also gives time for the police to be contacted, which is essential for an insurance claim. When a driver flees the scene, it is interpreted as an attempt to dodge responsibility.
Georgia law also prescribes how a hit-and-run is charged and the penalties for conviction. In an accident just involving property damage, hit-and-run is usually charged as a misdemeanor. However, if injuries or a death is involved, it can be charged as a felony. A conviction for felony hit-and-run carries a minimum sentence of one year and a maximum of five years in prison.
First Coast News reports that a Georgia firefighter has been seriously injured following a hit-and-run accident.
On May 28th, Joshua Brothers was riding his motorcycle up State Road 303 in Brunswick. A Ford F-150 struck Brothers while making a left turn.
Brothers’ motorcycle then struck a utility pole 11 feet away from the initial impact. It then went a further 40 feet into the woods and collided with a tree.
Brothers, a firefighter with the Jesup Fire Department, has been in a hospital bed at UF Health in Jacksonville since. He has had three surgeries to repair a badly injured leg.
The driver of the Ford F-150 fled the scene of the accident. The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident.
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