Louisiana law defines a hit and run as the intentional failure of a driver of a vehicle involved in or causing any accident to stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident, to give his or her identity, and to render reasonable aid. A hit and run can result from a motor vehicle collision between two vehicles or from a collision between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian.
With a hit and run accident in New Orleans, a driver will often flee the scene of the collision if he or she is intoxicated, nervous, or has an extensive criminal record. A driver often panics and flees the scene when there is something to hide, which may be the case if the vehicle is stolen, the driver possesses drugs, or the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
What to Do if You are in a Hit and Run Accident
There are a few things you can do at the scene of a hit and run accident in Louisiana to improve your chances of recovering damages against the insurance company covering the individual who is responsible:
If you’ve been injured or affected by a hit and run driver, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. Breaux Law Firm has been representing clients for hit and run car accident cases in New Orleans and Southern Louisiana for over thirty years.
Uninsured motorist coverage can mean the difference between no recovery of damages and the recovery of damages in a hit and run accident. Roughly 14% of motor vehicle owners/operators in Louisiana have no automobile insurance. This means that one out of every seven cars on the road in Louisiana is uninsured.
Uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage is a type of automobile insurance coverage that exists to cover a person for bodily injury damages when the at-fault motorist either has no insurance or the at-fault motorist does not have enough insurance to pay for a claimant’s damages. A hit and run situation where there is no information on the at-fault party is the same as trying to recover against an uninsured driver, so uninsured motorist coverage will apply.
If you do not have uninsured motorist coverage on your auto policy, you should obtain it as soon as possible. That coverage could make the difference between recovering nothing for your accident and recovering both property damage and injury damages.
Breaux Law Firm represents injured persons throughout the entire State of Louisiana, including people from New Orleans, Harvey, Marrero, Westwego, Belle Chasse, Gretna, Metairie, Kenner, Slidell, LaPlace, St. Bernard Parish, St. John Parish, St. James Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, West Baton Rouge Parish, Iberia Parish, Lafayette Parish, Calcasieu Parish, Ascension Parish, Assumption Parish, Avoyelles Parish, Rapides Parish, Acadia Parish, Iberville Parish, Lafourche Parish, Jefferson Davis Parish, Plaquemines Parish, St. Charles Parish, St. Martin Parish, St. Mary Parish, St. Tammany Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, and Vermilion Parish.
Because a hit and run accident can create multiple issues and significant losses, the injured party should hire an experienced New Orleans attorney who not only handles such accidents, but has the resources necessary to provide for the victim’s medical needs as well as the hiring of experts from a variety of fields in order to increase the value of the case. If you’ve recently been involved in a hit and run accident and are looking to consult an attorney, call Breaux Law Firm for a completely FREE consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (504) 882-0545 or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.