Hit and Run Accidents
Car accidents in their very nature are shocking and painful events. Things are made even worse when you get out of your car and realize that the responsible party for the damage has fled the scene. Louisiana law defines a hit and run as the intentional failure of a driver of vehicle involved in or causing any accident, to stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident, to give his or her identity, and to render reasonable aid. A hit and run can result from a motor vehicle collision as well as a watercraft collision.
A hit and run can occur between two vehicles or one vehicle and a cyclist or pedestrian. A hit and run does not need to have physical contact; for example, if a car swerves into another lane and causes another car to hit a light pole or pedestrian. If the operator of the swerving car who caused the collision flees the scene then this will be considered a hit and run. A driver will usually flee the scene of the collision if he or she is intoxicated, nervous, or has an extensive criminal record. A fleeing driver usually is panic stricken when then there is something to hide such as the vehicle is stolen, the possession of drugs, or the driving of the vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The Cardone Law Firm cannot undo what has already been done, but an experienced and hardworking New Orleans attorney such as Mr. Cardone will fight for the best possible outcome. Mr. Cardone has served as an Ad Hoc judge in traffic and municipal courts since 1997. He has seen it all and knows what to do if you have been injured by a hit and run driver. If you have been injured or affected by a hit and run driver you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. Mr. Cardone will be able to look at the police report and know how to assess your case. We may be able to find cameras around the scene of the crime to catch the person who committed this criminal act. It is also important to see if there were any witnesses who caught a glance of the vehicle taking off after the collision. The witness may be able to provide details of the vehicle or even the numbers of the license plate.
Injuries from a hit and run accident can vary from minor cuts and bruises to paralysis and even death. The victim may even suffer worse injuries if there is no one to help because the responsible party has fled the scene. A hit and run accident is a nightmare, and you need a skilled trial attorney to help you receive the compensation you are owed. Compensation or recovery can even come from the victim’s own uninsured motorist policy of insurance.
The Cardone Law Firm provides legal assistance for the entire State of Louisiana including Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville, Assumption Parish, Napoleonville, Baton Rouge, Jefferson Parish, Estelle, Gretna, Harvey, Kenner, Marrero, Metairie, New Orleans, Terrytown, Westwego, Lafayette Parish, Lafourche Parish, Thibodaux, Livingston Parish, Orleans Parish, Plaquemines Parish, Belle Chasse, and St. Charles Parish.
Because a hit and run accident can create multiple issues and significant losses, an injured party should hire an experienced New Orleans attorney who not only handles such accidents, but also has the resources necessary to provide for the victim’s medical needs as well as the hiring of experts from a variety of fields in order to increase the value of the case. Cliff Cardone has practiced law nearly 40 years and has primarily handled personal-injury matters such as this. If you have been injured in a hit and run accident, Phone Cardone at 1-504-522-3333 for a free in person consultation. He is direct, insightful, proactive, and passionate about his client’s cases.