If another driver hit you and fled the accident scene, you could still have options for recovering compensation for your injuries, vehicle repairs, lost income, and other damages. A Lake Charles hit-and-run accident attorney from the Morris Bart law firm knows how these cases work and how to pursue compensation for our clients.
A Lake Charles car accident lawyer from our team can help with your crash claim or lawsuit after an accident with a hit-and-run driver. We provide free consultations for victims who suffer injuries in collisions in southwestern Louisiana.
Our Attorneys Seek Damages for Lake Charles Hit-and-Run Crash Victims
There are sometimes options for seeking compensation after a hit-and-run collision. If the police or our team identifies the at-fault driver, these options include filing an auto liability claim or personal injury lawsuit. If the at-fault driver is not located, filing a claim based on your own uninsured motorist insurance might be the best option.
If you were hurt in a crash, our team will identify your expenses and losses and seek compensation. Your recoverable damages could include:
- Medical care costs, current and future
- Ongoing care and support expenses
- Lost income if you missed work
- Diminished earning capacity for long-term impairments
- Vehicle repair or replacement and other property damage costs
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
When the crash victim passes away, their surviving family could pursue justice through a wrongful death case. We can explain more about how these cases work when you reach out to our team.
For a free legal consultation with a Hit and Run Accident lawyer serving Lake Charles, call 800-537-8185
Morris Bart, LLC Represents Victims Hurt by Hit-and-Run Drivers in Lake Charles
For more than 40 years, the car accident lawyers from the Morris Bart law firm have helped victims hurt in Lake Charles and nearby areas seek and recover money for their crash-related injuries, expenses, and losses. We understand how these cases work and know how to navigate the process. Even in complex cases, we aim to protect our clients’ rights and seek fair case results.
When you hire our firm, your attorney will handle all the tasks in your case. This includes:
- Negotiating with insurance companies for a fair settlement
- Investigating your case to attempt to locate the at-fault driver
- Filing your insurance claim or lawsuit on time
- Speaking to witnesses
We won 5,600+ cases in 2022. Our recent case results include a $550,000 recovery for a client hurt in a hit-and-run crash. This complex case allowed us to recover compensation for medical care, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.
This outcome does not tell us how your case could go, but it does show that our attorneys know how to develop strong cases and get justice for our clients after a similar crash.
We Serve Lake Charles Accident Victims on a Contingency-Fee Basis
The Morris Bart law office works on a contingency-fee basis. What this means for you is:
- Anyone can hire an attorney from our team regardless of their ability to pay upfront
- We will go to work on your case today for free
- You do not need to pay a retainer or other upfront fees
- Our fees are a portion of the financial recovery we secure in the case
- We do not charge attorney’s fees unless and until your case is won or settled
We will answer your questions and discuss the percentage we charge during your initial consultation with our team.
Your Options for Seeking Compensation After a Lake Charles Hit-and-Run Accident
Your options after a Lake Charles hit-and-run crash depend greatly on whether you know the identity of the at-fault driver. In most Louisiana car accidents, injured victims hold the at-fault driver legally responsible and recover compensation either through that driver’s auto liability coverage or a personal injury lawsuit against them.
While this is possible if you know the identity of the hit-and-run driver, sometimes you do not. In these cases, many victims turn to their uninsured motorist insurance coverage. Under Louisiana Rev. Stat. §1295, drivers in the state do not have to carry this policy. However, they must opt out in writing. Many people choose to carry this type of insurance.
An attorney from the Morris Bart law office can review your coverage and determine if you have this policy or if we need to explore other options to help you recover fair compensation for your expenses.
You Can Sue the At-Fault Driver If We Know Their Identity
If we identify the hit-and-run driver who caused your crash, it is often possible to sue them in civil court if needed. While we may settle these cases outside of court by negotiating with the at-fault driver’s insurer, we sometimes need to sue.
Less often, we take these cases to trial. Even after a lawsuit, a negotiated agreement with the insurer is common. They would typically rather pay a known amount through negotiations than go to trial and have a jury demand they pay an award they have no control over.
When we need to sue, Louisiana has short statutes of limitations. If you were hurt, you likely only have up to one year to begin a lawsuit under La. Civ. Code Art. 3492. The deadline for filing a wrongful death case is one year from the victim’s date of death. Exceptions exist, but they could limit your time further under certain circumstances.
Discuss Your Next Steps With Our Car Accident Team for Free
At the Morris Bart law firm, our attorneys review cases for free. We provide complimentary initial consultations for crash victims hurt in Lake Charles and other parts of the state. We will assess your options and explain how we handle similar cases. We also answer questions and explain our fees.
Contact us to get started today. We have someone available to take your call now.Contact us today to get started with your free case review.
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