Fletcher & Roy

Injury Lawyers

HELP! I WAS INVOLVED IN A HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENT

It is a crime to leave the scene of an accident. A driver is required to stop when a wreck occurs to determine if anyone is injured and to exchange identification and insurance information. Unfortunately, hit and run accidents happen all too often in Louisiana. If you or a loved one is the victim of a hit and run, don’t feel powerless. Let an experienced personal injury attorney in Baton Rouge help you obtain the justice you deserve.

Why do people leave the scene of a wreck?

Fear is the primary motivating factor behind a hit and run accident. The factors contributing to a driver being afraid include:

  • Fear of the authorities
  • A distraction, such as texting, caused the wreck
  • Fear of facing the consequences of the collision
  • Being an illegal or unlicensed driver
  • Fear of losing driving privileges
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Inexperience or panic
  • Speed and loss of control of a vehicle

 

What should you do if you are injured in a hit and run?

When you are involved in any type of traffic accident, it can be stressful. It is even more overwhelming when the faulty driver flees the scene. The following are a few tips for how to respond when you are involved in a hit and run:

  • If you are anyone else is injured, obtain medical assistance as quickly as possible.
  • Contact the police immediately. You should not try to chase the other driver. This only puts you and other drivers in danger.
  • As soon as possible, write down as much information about the collision as you can. It is especially helpful you can record the make, model, color, license plate number or anything other details you can remember about the vehicle that hit you.
  • File an accident report with the police, even if you can only provide minimal information. Having an official report is important if filing an insurance claim becomes necessary.

If you have been the victim of a hit-and-run, call our office NOW: 888-8000.  You will speak directly to an attorney (Ralph, Richard or Ryan) to learn what you need to do to make the best case against the insurance company.

Comments are currently closed.