Sadly, some drivers do not obey the law and stop when they cause a traffic accident. Drivers may “run” from an accident for various reasons including lack of insurance coverage, impaired driving, and suspended driving privileges. Whatever the reason, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident. Unfortunately, the victims of hit and run accidents can suffer great physical, financial, and emotional damages. To help protect your right to recover compensation for your injuries, our attorneys offer the following hit and run accident tips.
Call the Police
Try to remain calm and call the police immediately. Being involved in a traffic accident is very stressful and upsetting. It is easy to become overwhelmed, especially if you suffered a physical injury. Call 911 immediately to report the crash and request emergency medical assistance and police assistance. Even if you were not seriously injured, you need to call the police and request an officer come to the accident scene to investigate and file a report. This is a crucial step in protecting your ability to file a hit and run accident claim.
If possible, try to make notes about what happened while you are waiting for the officer to arrive. Write down everything you remember about the vehicle. Even a few numbers from a license plate can be helpful as the police are searching for the hit and run driver.
Look for Witnesses
Eyewitnesses can provide valuable information about the hit and run driver and how the accident occurred. If a witness is unwilling to remain at the scene to speak with police, you should ask for the person’s name and contact information. Also, look around the area for video surveillance. ATMs, traffic cameras, and storefronts may have video of the accident, including images of the car and driver.
Document Damages and Losses
Keep copies of all invoices, bills, and receipts that prove your out-of-pocket expenses related to the crash, your injuries, and your recovery. The more detailed documentation you provide to the insurance company, the better chance you have of receiving full compensation for economic damages. Also document your recovery, including pain levels, trouble performing tasks, and how your injuries impact your relationships with others. Documenting how your injuries impact your life can help convey the level of pain and suffering you endured because of the crash.
Contact an Attorney
Call our office for a free consultation with a New Orleans hit and run accident attorney. You need to understand your rights regarding various options for recovering compensation for your claim. Even if the police never identify the hit and run driver, you may still be able to recover compensation for your damages from your insurance company.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Report the hit and run crash to your insurance company as soon as possible. You want to protect your right to file claims against your insurance coverage if the hit and run driver is never identified.
Call a New Orleans Hit and Run Accident Attorney
If a hit and run driver caused you injury, call Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm for a free legal consultation. You can reach our office by calling (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to request a free, no-obligation case evaluation with a New Orleans accident attorney.