Hit-and-run accidents can leave victims seriously or fatally injured. It is common that hit and run accidents are caused by intoxicated drivers, who flee the scene in panic because he or she is under the influence and not thinking clearly. Drivers without adequate auto insurance or a valid driver’s license are also more likely to flee the scene of a car accident.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a hit-and-run accident it is important to understand the legal options available to you. While most victims of motor vehicle collisions can pursue a claim for compensation from the driver who harmed them, it is often difficult or impossible for victims of hit-and-run accidents to recover compensation from the other motorist. In order to get compensation, you must deal with your injuries and you should consider the other options available to seek compensation. These include making a claim with your insurer based on uninsured motorist coverage.
Our New Orleans Auto Accident Lawyers Fight For You
The laws of Louisiana require motorists to stop at the scene of an auto accident. Stopping at a crash is essential so insurance information can be exchanged, and the victims injured in the crash can be provided with potentially life-saving assistance. If a driver fails to stop at an accident scene, that motorist could be charged with the crime of hit-and-run.
Hit-and-run accidents are serious, and the police will conduct an investigation to try to find the driver – especially if someone was hurt or killed in the crash. Unfortunately, victims are sometimes left struggling to get the compensation they deserve until the driver is found. Even if a motorist who left a crash scene is identified, there is no guarantee that the driver will have the necessary insurance coverage to pay for losses.
Due to the complexities of recovering compensation after hit-and-run accidents, New Orleans auto accident lawyers should be contacted after a crash occurs. Bloom Legal has helped many collision victims recover full and fair compensation for damages and we will work hard on your case to explore all avenues to get you the money you need.
A New Orleans motor vehicle accident lawyer at Bloom Legal can help you to determine:
- Who was responsible for the hit-and-run accident
- The most effective method for receiving compensation
Who is Responsible in Hit and Run Accidents in Louisiana?
In Louisiana, the driver who caused the collision is responsible for compensating victims for damages, including hit-and-run accidents. Law enforcement can help track down the driver who caused the crash. If the driver is found and you can prove that he or she was to blame, you can pursue a claim for compensation. You may be able to settle or recover compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
Unfortunately, it is more probable that the driver who caused your accident will not be found. If this is the case, or if the driver doesn’t have insurance, you can make an uninsured motorist claim. When you file an uninsured motorist claim you are asking your insurance company to stand in for the driver and pay the necessary damages.
Your Rights After a Hit-and-Run Accident in New Orleans
When a crash occurs, a New Orleans car accident lawyer normally helps collision victims make a claim against the driver who caused the accident. This could involve going to court or negotiating a settlement with the other driver’s insurer.
Unfortunately, if the other driver has left the crash scene, there is no one to make a claim against unless or until that motorist is found. Ideally, police will locate the hit-and-run driver, the driver will have insurance and the accident claim can proceed as normal. You may need to prove that the driver you’re pursuing the claim against was the one who hit and hurt you, but police evidence can help you accomplish this goal.
In some cases, however, the other driver may never be found, or, once found he or she may not have enough insurance coverage to pay damages – or may not have insurance at all. In these difficult cases, New Orleans auto accident lawyers will help you explore other avenues for compensation.
You may be able to make a claim through uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage that could be available on your own insurance policy. Or, if your injuries were made more severe by defects in your vehicle, such as faulty airbags, it could be possible to pursue a product liability claim.
At Bloom Legal, we look for all possible ways to help you recover the maximum compensation after any accident, including a hit-and-run. We know how important it is for you to receive money to cover your economic and non-financial losses and we’ll help you get those funds, so you can move forward with your life.
How Our New Orleans Auto Accident Lawyers Can Help You
Bloom Legal has represented many motorists in making accident claims after a hit-and-run. Whether you need help fighting for compensation from the driver who left the scene but was later found, or you want assistance getting compensation from your own insurer through an uninsured motorist claim, we can put our legal knowledge to work advocating for you. Contact us today to speak with skilled auto accident lawyers who are ready to fight to obtain maximum compensation on your behalf following a hit-and-run crash.
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