Sandy Springs, Ga. – According to authorities, police have arrested the suspect that I wrote about earlier this week as a Georgia DUI Lawyer.
The incident occurred at the MARTA entrance ramp on Georgia 400. Two motorists reportedly stopped to help another driver and two passengers who had just gotten into a wreck. This led to another incident where a third vehicle struck the driver of the first. The man who was struck by the car died at the scene of the accident. The suspected driver then fled the scene.
In today's post, I will outline the law that outlines the responsibilities that must be completed if a driver is involved in an accident on Georgia roads.
Responsibilities if Involved in an Accident in Georgia
An arrest for hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident in Georgia happens when a driver is accused of not fulfilling the following legal responsibilities.
The driver 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 forthwith return to the scene of the accident and shall:
(1) Give his or her name and address and the registration number of the vehicle he or she is driving;
(2) Upon request and if it is available, exhibit his or her operator's license to the person struck or the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle collided with;
(3) Render to any person injured in such accident 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; and
(4) Where a person injured in such accident is unconscious, appears deceased, or is otherwise unable to communicate, make every reasonable effort to ensure that emergency medical services and local law enforcement are contacted for the purpose of reporting the accident and making a request for assistance. The driver shall in every event remain at the scene of the accident until fulfilling the requirements of this subsection. Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.
All of these responsibilities are outlined in O.C.G.A. §40-6-270.
If such an accident is the proximate cause of death or a serious injury, any person knowingly failing to stop and comply with the requirements will be found guilty of a felony. The penalty for a conviction can include up to five years in prison.
Call our offices now if you have been accused of a serious traffic violation such as leaving the scene of an accident or DUI in Georgia. We can help now.