According to FOX5, Georgia State Patrol arrested an Atlanta police officer after he hit a car on Interstate 285 and then continued driving. The officer is now facing charges for following too closely, leaving the scene of an accident and driving under the influence.
Georgia State Patrol reported that the officer was driving a Nissan Altima at the time of the arrest. He allegedly struck the other car in the back before pulling up alongside the driver and then pulling away in front of it.
The woman he hit claims the force caused her to strike the car in front of her. Both cars followed the Nissan until it broke down eventually. Atlanta police claim the officer who was driving the Nissan is on paid leave so the Office of Professional Standards can investigate.
Although police are responsible for protecting the community, the above story highlights that they can and do make reckless mistakes. If you were involved in a collision with someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol, turn to a personal-injury lawyer from The Finnell Firm.
Attorney Robert Finnell has been practicing law for more than 37 years, and he has extensive experience representing clients who sustained serious injuries in motor vehicle accidents. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule an initial consultation with a Rome accident attorney.
What Is a Hit and Run?
It is illegal for a motorist to leave the scene after hitting a pedestrian, a fixed object or another vehicle. Instead, individuals involved in a collision must remain at the scene, identify themselves and provide aid as needed until first responders arrive.
Fault is irrelevant in a hit and run scenario. Even if certain individuals were not responsible for the accident, it is still illegal for them to leave the scene without first talking to police.
What Are the Penalties for a Hit and Run?
The penalties for a hit and run vary from state to state and typically include fines, a license suspension and jail time. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the hit and run may be either a misdemeanor or a felony. In general, a hit and run is a felony if someone involved in the accident sustained serious or fatal injuries.
Before police can prosecute someone for a hit and run, they must catch them. Luckily, many cases are like the one above, and the perpetrator does not get very far without the car breaking down first.
What Should I Do If I Have Been the Victim of a Hit and Run?
If you were involved in a hit and run collision, your first priority should be getting treatment for any injuries. Once your health has stabilized, talk to an accident attorney at The Finnell Firm.
Attorney Robert Finnell can help you pursue compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule an initial consultation with a Rome personal-injury lawyer today.