The Other Driver

In some cases, officers are able to find the driver who fled the scene. If this occurs, you can file a claim or lawsuit against the driver to recover compensation.

While this would be an ideal scenario, often the reason drivers flee the scene of an accident is because they do not have the appropriate insurance coverage. Jason Schultz can advise you on whether this is the best course of action for your situation.

If this is your situation, you can use your own insurance policies.


One way to ensure that you have necessary coverage for medical expenses after an accident is to purchase medical payments (MedPay) coverage.

MedPay typically covers any hospital or other medical costs you incur after an accident, regardless of who was at fault.

It should also cover:

  • Medical expenses for any passengers who were in the vehicle with you.
  • Dental care you need as a result of the accident.
  • Funeral expenses you may need for a wrongful death caused by the accident.

Georgia law does not require MedPay coverage, but it can be big help getting you the money you need to cover costly medical bills after an accident.

It is important to note that this will only be effective if you bought it before your accident. Check your policy to see if you purchased it.

Collision Coverage

Having collision insurance coverage can help you get the money you need to afford expensive repairs to your vehicle after a car accident.

As with MedPay insurance, Georgia does not require collision coverage. However, expenses to your car can be much higher than you expect, and without the right coverage in place, you may not have the necessary funds to get your vehicle back in working order.

Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Approximately 10 percent of Georgia drivers did not carry insurance in 2012, according to the Insurance Research Council. While the State of Georgia requires all drivers to carry liability insurance, not all do. This is where your uninsured motorist (UM) coverage will come in handy.

If you are involved in an accident caused by a driver who either flees the scene or does not have the necessary coverage, having UM coverage will help you pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused to you or your loved ones.

In some cases, the at-fault driver may have coverage, but not enough to cover the costs of your expenses. In these cases, underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage can help you cover the remaining costs.

Health Insurance

You might also be able to use your health insurance to cover your medical bills. Some insurers will not let you use your health insurance until after you have exhausted all of your other options, so use this as a last resort compensation option.

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.