According to a recent Research Brief published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, hit and run accidents are increasing in the United States. Information available regarding hit and run accidents reveals that a hit and run crash occurs approximately every 43 seconds in America. In 2015, there were approximately 737,100 hit and run crashes, which is higher than any other year since 2006.
Sadly, the number of hit-and-run fatalities has also increased dramatically since 2006. In 2017, 2,049 people lost their lives in hit and run accidents. Hit and run fatalities equal about 5.5 percent of the traffic fatalities in 2016. However, when you examine the number of deaths in relation to pedestrian fatalities, the percentage increases to 20.5 percent of pedestrian deaths for that year.
If you are injured in a hit and run accident, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. Our New Orleans accident attorneys can help you review your options for filing an injury claim to recover compensation for your injuries. In some cases, law enforcement officers can identify the hit and run driver, but if not, you may still have an insurance claim against your uninsured motorist coverage. Call our office now to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers.
What Should I Do After a Hit and Run Accident?
If another driver runs into your vehicle, you should report the crash to the police immediately. When possible, pull over to the side of the road to avoid blocking traffic to call 911. For insurance purposes, you need a written accident report. Therefore, even if you are not injured, you need to request that an officer come to the accident scene to file a report.
Eyewitness statements can be very helpful in a hit and run crash. For anyone who stops to offer assistance, you need to make sure that you get their names and contact information. Sometimes an eyewitness may leave before the police officer arrives; therefore, having the contact information for the witness allows your attorney to obtain statements. It also allows the officer to contact the witness to obtain information that could assist in the investigation of the crash.
As with any car accident, it is very important that you see a medical professional. If you did not go to the emergency room from the accident scene, you should see your family doctor as quickly as possible. You must have a written record documenting your injuries for an insurance claim. Delaying a doctor’s visit could jeopardize your ability to recover compensation for your damages.
Call a New Orleans Car Accident Attorney for Help
In addition to seeking medical care, you also need to consult with a New Orleans car accident attorney. Our lawyers will review your case to determine your available options for receiving compensation for your injuries and losses.