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Posted in Car Accidents on November 23, 2020
Any car accident is stressful, but the stress and confusion skyrockets when the responsible driver flees the scene without offering help or exchanging information. These types of hit-and-run accidents come with the normal physical, emotional, and financial strain of any car accident, but with the added stress of uncertainty about the responsible party. Hit-and-run accidents are also more likely to result in more severe injuries due to delays in medical attention for victims.
An experienced car accident attorney will be an important partner to relieve stress and pursue recovery after a hit-and-run accident. Contact an attorney today who can assist you in the options available after a hit-and-run. Read on to understand the steps to take after a hit-and-run accident.
Louisiana law defines a hit-and-run as the intentional failure of the driver of a vehicle involved in or causing any accident to stop the vehicle at the accident scene and to provide their identity and render reasonable aid. More specifically, the driver is obligated to give their name, address, license number of their vehicle, and report the accident to the police. Even if the accident only resulted in property damage, the driver must comply with these requirements.
The penalty for failure to comply with these requirements depends on the extent of the damage caused by the accident. The punishment is much stricter if a victim suffers death or serious bodily injury and can include large monetary fines and significant jail time. Even if the accident only results in property damage, the at-fault driver will still face consequences.
Data shows that there are estimated to be more than 700,000 hit-and-run accidents in the United States each year and more than 2,000 fatalities. Louisiana is one of the ten deadliest states for hit and runs with 1.1 fatalities per 100,000 residents. Hit and run accidents in Louisiana are relatively evenly spread between accidents on and off national highways. Louisiana has also been the found the leading state for hit and runs occurring during backup due to regular congestion.
Unfortunately, victims of hit-and-run accidents will struggle to secure recovery for their injuries and to see the at-fault driver appropriately punished if the driver cannot be located.
If you find yourself the unlucky victim of a hit-and-run accident, there are several steps you can take for your safety and to increase your chances of securing recovery for your injuries:
One of the most helpful steps you can take after a hit-and-run accident is to hire an experienced car accident attorney. A lawyer will navigate difficult conversations with insurance providers, analyze evidence, build your case for recovery, and prepare a comprehensive damages claim. Your lawyer will also work with you to analyze any settlement offers made by an insurance company or the defendant.
John W. Redmann, LLC is a law firm focused on empowering clients and supporting them in securing fair results through the legal process. Our firm has been assisting clients in Louisiana for more than 25 years and has a long history of identifying negligent parties and their insurers and holding them accountable. If the at-fault driver cannot be located, our attorneys are deeply experienced in pursuing a client’s insurer for the appropriate compensation.
Our lawyers don’t rest until we have done everything possible to secure the best possible outcome for our clients. If you or a loved one was injured in a hit-and-run accident in Louisiana, contact John W. Redmann, LLC today at (504) 608-4631 or at our website to schedule a free virtual consultation.