Hit and Run Collisions
Were you hit by a car that fled the scene of the accident?
In Louisiana, you are, by law, required 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, helping injured persons from their car, and having cars towed out of traffic. If you fail to offer assistance and/or stay at the scene you could face serious penalties, such as, suspended driving privileges, fees for license reinstatement, and insurance rate increases. Knowing your rights as the victim of a hit and run accident will greatly increase the outcome of your case during this difficult time. With more than 20 years of experience in personal injury and hit-and-run accidents, the personal injury attorneys at the Law offices of L. Clayton Burgess can guide you through the legal process and recover fair and reasonable compensation that you deserve.
Hit and run accidents can affect moving vehicles, parked cars, pedestrians (adults and children), and cyclists. Should you ever find yourself or a loved one in a hit and run situation, it is important to have a plan in place in order to be protected. Follow these tips if you are ever a victim of a hit and run crash:
- Call 911 if you suspect any injuries. Move you and your vehicle out of any immediate danger, but stay close to the scene of the accident.
- Remain at the scene and contact the police as soon as possible to file a report about the incident.
- Ask any witnesses if they saw anything pertaining to the accident and if so, gather as much information as possible such as the license number, make/model/color of the of the offender’s vehicle.
- File the claim with your insurance company and stay in contact with your company regarding the status of your claim.
Being injured in an accident can be traumatic and emotionally draining. Adding the element of not knowing the identity of the other driver can bring about more complications when it comes to receiving compensation. Fortunately, most drivers have insurance which will cover their injuries in a hit and run. Insurance company policies often contain uninsured motorist coverage. Uninsured motorist coverage is required by law in Louisiana and protects drivers if they are hit by someone without insurance. Drivers have the option to buy additional uninsured motorist property damage coverage to help with costs with damage to your vehicle and/or other property caused by an uninsured driver.
Unfortunately, insurance companies have a tendency to minimize the payments they provide injured victims, and they will try to offer an amount much less than your claim’s actual value. This is why you need a skilled personal injury lawyer who knows Louisiana law and will aggressively defend your right to fair compensation to cover costs associated with vehicle damage, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Our Louisiana personal injury attorneys at the firm of L. Clayton Burgess have worked with individuals who have been victims of hit-and-run accidents involving trucks, motorcycles, pedestrians, and cyclists. These lawyers are experienced with hit-and-run crashes involving drunk drivers, distracted drivers, and uninsured motorists.
If you have been or a loved one have been injured in a hit and run collision call Clay now! Our lawyers can help. We provide an initial consultation FREE of charge to you regardless of whether you retain our services.