Hit and Run Accident
A hit and run accident can occur in an instant, leaving a victim blind-sided, confused, and angry. In Louisiana and in most states, it is a crime for a driver to leave the scene of an accident. If the driver takes off after the accident, the victim may be unable to find the driver and may believe she has no means of legal recourse. However, our Lafayette car accident lawyers know that this is often not the case.
While you may be suffering under immense stress as the victim of a hit and run accident, it’s best to stay composed and work to gather and consolidate as much information as possible about the driver who fled the scene. If possible, try to recollect key descriptors you may remember about the other vehicle or its driver. Write these details down if you have the means. Look for possible witnesses to the accident to see if they were able to gather the make, model, or year of the vehicle, or even something more specific, such as the license plate number. While there are many other means to identify the driver of the other vehicle, using these steps will help investigators find the individual who caused you injury.
Based in the Lafayette area, the car accident lawyers at Broussard & David understand the unique circumstances involved in a hit and run accident. If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury in a hit and run accident, a lawyer can investigate the accident, review your insurance policies and evaluate your legal claims. Often, victims of hit and run accidents unknowingly carry insurance for these types of accidents.
The most common offenders in hit and run accidents are drivers who do not have a driver’s license, drivers who are intoxicated, drivers with criminal records and underinsured drivers. These drivers flee the scene of the accident to avoid facing the legal consequences of the accident. After a hit and run accident, it is important to still call the police so the officers can investigate the accident. Today, with hundreds of traffic cameras in the state, the fleeing driver may have been recorded. Witnesses are also extremely helpful after a hit and run accident. Often witnesses may be able to describe the make and model of the vehicle, the driver’s appearance or may have even recorded the driver’s license plate number. With these facts, the officers may be able to determine the identity of the offender.
If it is not possible to determine the offender’s identity, a knowledgeable car accident attorney at our Lafayette firm will review the terms and conditions of your insurance policy to see if you have a right to recover under your own policy. In Louisiana, many insurance policies cover these types of accidents. However, if your insurance company refuses to fully compensate you for your injuries, litigation may be necessary to obtain fair compensation from your insurance carrier.
If you suffered a serious injury in a hit and run collision, our Lafayette car accident attorneys at Broussard & David can help you hold the offending driver legally responsible for your injuries and help you recover just compensation under your own insurance policy. For a complimentary consultation, call Broussard & David at 888-337-2323 (toll-free) or 337-233-2323 (local).