Atlanta, GA (November 16, 2022) - An investigation has been opened by the Atlanta Police Department into the apparent wrongful arrest of a motorist along Georgia Highway 400.
On Sunday, November 13, a driver observed another driver collide with a vehicle but drove away.
Police say the man who observed the accident allegedly decided to pursue the hit-and-run driver.
A police report says at the ramp by Lenox Road, the man in pursuit of the hit-and-run driver took out his rifle, a police vest, and handcuffs.
He allegedly removed the hit-and-run motorist from his vehicle and walked him over to a police officer.
The man identified himself as a bail bondsman.
However, according to a local attorney, he had no authority to do what he did.
A bondsman can detain an individual who may have skipped on a bond.
The man was placed under arrest by the Atlanta police department, and he was charged with aggravated assault as well as false imprisonment.
The hit-and-run driver was not detained. However, he was given various citations.
Being involved in a car accident is a traumatic experience in and of itself, but the situation is exacerbated when the other driver flees the scene of the accident. Hit-and-run accidents can leave victims feeling helpless, frustrated, and angry.
In the event of a car accident, all parties involved are obligated to come to a stop, check to see if anyone was hurt, and then immediately dial 911. This whole process can be derailed by a hit-and-run, not to mention the fact that it can cost someone their life.
Regardless of whether or not the driver ran away from the scene of the accident, the law provides you with the same legal protections. It would be in your best interest to remain where you are and wait for the authorities to arrive at the scene of the collision. If it is at all possible, you should try to get the license plate number of the vehicle that hit you.
After receiving a report of the hit-and-run incident, the police will begin searching for the vehicle that struck you. Because damaged vehicles don't usually travel very far and can be easy to spot, the sooner you call the police after an accident, the sooner they can begin searching for the driver who caused the accident and fled the scene.
Should you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being the victim of a hit-and-run accident, do not be afraid to seek the counsel of an experienced Car Accident Attorney in Atlanta, GA. If the driver who caused the accident runs away before you can question them or get any information from them, you will require as much assistance from an experienced attorney to ensure that all of your losses are compensated for.
In the event that the driver who caused the accident is ever identified, you should still consult a legal professional before moving forward with the process of filing a claim for compensation.
At The Mabra Firm, we have a team of Car Accident Attorneys who are able to assist you with the particulars of your case. These attorneys are here to help you get justice. If you were involved in an accident involving a hit-and-run driver, please give us a call at (404) 344-5255 to schedule a free consultation.
Note: This post was created with the help of outside sources, such as news articles and first-hand accounts. Because the details of this accident have not been independently verified, please notify us immediately if you discover any false information. We will update the post to reflect the correct information.
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