On May 20, the Dougherty County Police Department received a tip related to a hit-and-run that occurred on Radium Springs Road. Following the investigation, police obtained an arrest warrant for a local man.
Officers stated that they initially talked to the man after receiving the tip, but they did not arrest him at that time. The warrants were issued only after investigators obtained additional evidence. The man is charged with failing to report an accident were someone was injured and for being involved in a hit and run accident.
Reports indicate that the victim was walking north along Radium Springs Road near the 3900 block when he was struck by a 2006 Ford F150 pickup truck traveling southbound. The victim was transported to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. It is believed that he will recover. There was no indication as to what may have caused the accident. It was not stated whether the driver was injured.
Regardless of the outcome of the criminal case, the driver may be liable to the victim for his injuries if a judge or jury believes that he was not driving with reasonable care. The legal standard is whether a person was driving in a manner that a reasonably prudent person would use in the same or similar situation. When a person falls below that standard and causes injury, any person who is harmed may be able to file a claim. A personal injury attorney may be able to help by investigating the accident, interviewing witnesses and reviewing police reports to establish the driver’s liability. That way, it may be possible to help victims of car accidents obtain compensation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.
Source: AlbanyHerald.com, “Driver charged with hit-and-run accident,” May 21, 2013