Accidents are scary. They often result in damages to your vehicle as well as injuries. The insurance of the individual at fault generally helps to pay for these damages. However, what happens when you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident and the liable party cannot be identified or located?
Under Louisiana law, a hit-and-run accident occurs when the driver of a vehicle intentionally fails to stop their vehicle at the scene of the accident where he or she is involved in or has caused it and fails to give his or her identity, and to render reasonable aid. Without the identity of the other driver, it can be difficult to recover damages. Fortunately, there may still be options. Here is what every hit-and-run victim should know.
1. Call for Help
The first things that you should do after being involved in a hit-and-run accident is to get yourself to a safe place (if possible) and call 911. Once you call emergency services, an ambulance will be dispatched to you to ensure that you are okay. A police officer will also come to the scene to establish an accident report. Accident reports are very helpful in that they help to establish the specifics of the accident and subsequently the likely liability. This is determined through things such as witness statements. Once these individuals have left it is extremely difficult to gather this evidence.
2. Seek Immediate Medical Attention
Injuries are quite common when individuals have been involved in an accident. While many of them are apparent right away, some are indeterminable for a while or go undetected until it is too late. Often the depth and severity of an injury may not be discoverable until you seek medical treatment. By being looked at, not only will you be able to ensure that you are not suffering from any internal injuries, but you will also be provided with a medical record to support your future claims.
3. Call Your Insurance Company
It is important that you contact your auto insurance company as soon as possible. Often your policy allows for only a short reporting period such as one to two days post-crash. Not only are you required to report your accident, but also it may aid in your compensation from your own policy. However, minimal insurance often fails to provide you with the necessary protection in a hit-and-run scenario. It is a good idea to consider purchasing an uninsured motorist policy, which can help to protect you against drivers who do not have insurance or who fail to pay.
4. Call an Experienced Attorney
The consequences of hit-and-run accidents can drastically affect your finances. That is why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Auto Accident Attorney. Their counsel can often make all the difference.
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