Hit and Run Collisions
Hit and run collisions occur when a driver leaves the scene of an accident. It’s unlawful to leave an accident without providing contact information.
WHY DO DRIVERS LEAVE THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT?
Studies show that most people flee the scene of an accident because:
- They were driving impaired, drowsy, or distracted.
- The driver was unlicensed or uninsured.
- The driver was street racing or stole the vehicle.
- Road rage, amorality, or youthful immaturity.
1,500 people die each year in the United States due to hit and run collisions.
WERE YOU IN A COLLISION WITH A CAR THAT FLED THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT?
It is important to have a plan in place should you ever find yourself or a loved one in a hit and run situation. Follow these tips:
- Call 911.
- Move yourself and your vehicle out of any immediate danger, but stay close to the scene.
- Ask any witnesses if they saw anything about the accident. Witnesses may have information about the offender’s vehicle.
- Take pictures of the scene and your vehicle.
- Ask any businesses in the area if they have a video of the accident. There may also be traffic cameras that recorded the accident.
- You will want to give the police as much information that you can remember about the other vehicle. They will need the license number and the make, model, and color of the vehicle.
- Go to an emergency room, even if you don’t think you have injuries. Many people don’t realize they have injuries following an accident. Adrenaline can mask symptoms and pain. Also, medical documentation will help prove your claim.
- Contact your personal injury attorney. They will be able to help police find the person who hit you. What if finding them is impossible? We’ll help you with your insurance company.
WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS AND DUTIES?
After collisions in Louisiana, there are steps you must take. You’re required by law to stop and move your vehicle if possible. Once you have moved your vehicle, you are responsible for helping anyone in need of aid. This includes calling emergency services and helping injured people.
You could face serious penalties if you fail to offer help and/or leave the scene of an accident. It can lead to suspended driving privileges, fees, and insurance rate increases. You could also face criminal charges if there were injuries or death due to the accident.
Being injured in an accident can be traumatic and emotionally draining. If you were injured due to a hit and run accident, the aftermath is even worse. Receiving compensation for your injuries and damages can be very complicated. This is especially true without the identity of the other driver. Uninsured motorist coverage is required by law in Louisiana. This coverage protects drivers if they are hit by someone without insurance. Also if the other driver flees the scene.
Knowing your rights as the victim of a hit and run accident is important. It will greatly increase the chances of a favorable outcome. We have more than 20 years of experience. The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess can guide you through recovering compensation.
Sources: AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety
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