Having one’s vehicle run off the road due to the actions of another driver can be a frightening experience. Sadly, this happens to more people in Louisiana and elsewhere than one might think. Victims of such incidents often end up crashing their cars, suffering injuries as a result. When motor vehicle accidents like this occur, the victims may feel they have no legal recourse, but that may not be the case.
In many cases involving cars being run off the road, the individuals responsible fail to remain at the scene. There could be several reasons for this, such as they were not paying attention and were unaware they had done anything wrong, or it was an act of road rage and they don’t want to face the consequences of their actions. Regardless, leaving the scene of a crash, even if one’s vehicle failed to come in contact with the victim’s car physically, is considered a hit-and-run and has criminal consequences.
The problem in these cases is that the drivers responsible can be difficult to track down unless witnesses or the victims can provide detailed information about the vehicles these individuals were driving — such as make, model, color and license plate number. If these drivers are ultimately found, victims may seek relief by filing civil claims against them. If the drivers are never found, victims may need to turn to their own insurance providers in order to have damages covered.
Motor vehicle accidents that are the result of victims being run off the road can cause these individuals to suffer physically, financially and emotionally. These losses can be significant and not something they should have to shoulder alone. However, seeking relief after such an incident can prove challenging. With the assistance of legal counsel, Louisiana residents who have been run off the road by other drivers can take the steps necessary to seek maximum relief through negotiations with insurance providers or litigation, if required.