Navigating the Complexities of a Hit-and-Run Lawsuit
Hit-and-run accidents pose unique complexities for plaintiffs and personal injury lawyers. It becomes increasingly complicated when the defendant remains unidentified, often referred to as a 'John Doe.' Securing compensation in these cases can become a complex puzzle to unravel. As stated in O.C.G.A. §40-6-270, a hit-and-run occurs when a driver is involved in an accident resulting in damage, injury, or death and then fails to remain at the scene to provide identification and assistance.
Despite this being a crime, AAA reported a staggering 737,100 hit-and-run crashes across the United States in 2015 alone. Victims of such incidents are left grappling with injuries, damage, and the burning question: Who will be held accountable? Georgia law extends a lifeline in these situations through Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage.
According to O.C.G.A. §33-7-11, the Georgia Uninsured Motorist statute, victims of hit-and-run accidents can recover damages from their own insurance company under their UM coverage. The law treats a 'John Doe' driver as an uninsured motorist, thereby allowing victims to pursue compensation despite the unidentified offender.
However, the journey to obtaining compensation in a John Doe hit-and-run case isn't a walk in the park. It requires an intimate understanding of Georgia's UM statute and the interplay of relevant case law. To assist in this endeavor, we offer free access to our complaint template for hit-and-run crashes involving a John Doe driver. While this template serves as an initial step, it provides a firm footing for personal injury lawyers to build formidable cases and effectively represent their clients.
Click 'Download Here' to access our free sample personal injury complaint for a hit-and-run case where the defendant is a John Doe. Equip yourself today with the knowledge and tools to better represent your clients today:
IN THE STATE COURT OF HALL COUNTY
STATE OF GEORGIA
COMPLAINT FOR INJURIES
COMES NOW, Plaintiff in the above-styled civil action and brings this Complaint against the above- named Defendant(s), and in support hereof, shows the Court as follows:
PARTIES AND JURISDICTION
1. Plaintiff Robert Smith resides in the county of Forsyth and is subject to the jurisdiction of this court.
2. Defendant John Doe (“Defendant”) is currently an individual who is unknown to Plaintiff. The complaint will be amended to add such person as their identity is made known through discovery. Service will be made upon the John Doe Defendant as their identity is made known through discovery.
3. Defendant is subject to the jurisdiction of this Court pursuant to O.C.G.A §33-7-11(d).
4. Pursuant to OCGA §9-3-33, actions for injuries to the person shall be brought within two years after the right of action accrues. This action is brought before the two-year limitation.
5. The motor vehicle collision...
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