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Louisiana law defines a hit and run as the intentional failure of a driver of 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.
Often times with a hit and run accident in New Orleans, a driver will usually flee the scene of the collision if he or she is intoxicated, nervous, or has an extensive criminal record. A fleeing driver usually is panic stricken when then there is something to hide such as the vehicle is stolen, the possession of drugs, or the driving of the vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
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.
- Try to get the license plate of the vehicle at fault. The experienced car accident attorneys at Darryl Breaux & Associates can run the license plate to find applicable insurance.
- Call the police. If you call the police immediately after being involved in a hit and run, you can give the authorities information about the driver and the type of vehicle that hit you, so they can potentially apprehend the at fault party. The police can also run the license plate so, again, obtaining the license plate is most helpful.
- Look for cameras that may have captured the accident. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Darryl Breaux & Associates can obtain camera footage from nearby businesses or from the applicable municipality.
- Identify and obtain the information of anyone who witnessed the accident.
If you have been injured or affected by a hit and run driver you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. Darryl Breaux & Associates has been representing clients for hit and run car accident cases in New Orleans and Southern Louisiana for over twenty-five 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 is a scary figure; roughly one (1) out of every seven (7) 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; again, that coverage could make the difference between recovering nothing for your accident and recovering both property damage and injury damages.
Darryl Breaux & Associates represents injured persons throughout the entire State of Louisiana including people from New Orleans, Harvey, Marrero, Westwego, Belle Chase, 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, an injured party should hire an experienced New Orleans attorney who not only handles such accidents, but also 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 have recently been involved in a hit and run accident and are looking to consult an attorney call Darryl Breaux & Associates for a completely FREE consultation. We are available 24 hours a day at (504) 914-7779 or you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.