At the Russell Law Firm, LLC, our Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers know there are seemingly endless ways anyone can get hurt in a Louisiana vehicle collision. Unfortunately, one of the most surprising and disappointing ways car crash injuries can occur is during a hit-and-run accident.
If there is no one to hold liable for the crash, who is going to pay for your damages?
Here, our East Baton Rouge Parish auto accident lawyers discuss ways to pursue financial recovery after being hit by a hit-and-run driver in Louisiana.
What Steps Should I Take After Being Hurt in a Hit-and-Run Car Accident in Louisiana?
If you have been involved in a Louisiana hit-and-run accident, call the police immediately. You will need an official law enforcement report of the crash to prove the driver fled the scene.
Next, if your injuries allow, speak with bystanders. If anyone was at the scene or could share footage of the accident, this could be useful in catching the driver.
After collecting any potential evidence and witness statements from the crash scene, seek medical care immediately so your injuries are diagnosed and a treatment plan is put in place.
Once you are stable, either from the hospital or your home, contact our experienced Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys for help with your financial recovery needs.
Who is Going to Pay for My Financial Recovery When the Driver Fled the Scene?
The most obvious question after a hit-and-run accident is who will pay for the damage that resulted? Property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and out-of-pocket expenses can become overwhelming, especially when there is no one to hold liable.
We can help.
Louisiana does not require drivers to have uninsured motorist coverage, which would apply during a hit-and-run claim. Still, they must include uninsured motorist coverage in their insurance packages unless the buyer explicitly rejects it in writing.
The good news is that uninsured driver insurance will cover bodily injury from an accident involving an uninsured/underinsured/hit-and-run driver.
The bad news is, even if you have the coverage, that you will still have to pursue an insurance company for your damages — your own insurance company. While most people expect the insurance company — especially their own — to do the right thing, realizing that is untrue will take very little time.
Our Baton Rouge hit-and-run accident lawyers can take the lead in pursuing your claim so you are not left fighting with your insurance provider to recover the damages you are entitled to after the crash.
The Russell Law Firm is in Your Corner, and We Fight to Win
If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident in Louisiana and have uninsured motorist coverage, contact our dedicated Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys today at (225) 307-0088 or online to get the legal support you need to produce real results for your unique case.
By: Danny Russell, Esq.
Information furnished herein is only general and not a substitute for personalized legal advice. **** Any discussions and photographs herein depict no actual event or scene but merely a dramatization.