Leaving the scene of an accident, also known as hit-and-run, is a criminal offense in Louisiana. If the hit-and-run accident does not result in serious injury or death, the maximum penalty for a hit-and-run is six months in jail. The maximum penalty for leaving the scene of a fatal accident is ten years in prison. As for people injured in hit-and-run accidents and the families of the victims of fatal hit-and-run collisions, the remedies depend on whether police have been able to identify the driver who caused the accident. Depending on the severity of your injuries and whether the driver has been located, the best choice might be to seek a settlement from your own insurance company or to file a personal injury lawsuit, but keep in mind that someone who is serving a prison sentence for a hit and run conviction is not in the best position to pay a lawsuit judgment, even if the court rules in your favor. If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident, contact a Houma car accident lawyer.
Pedestrian Struck by SUV While Crossing Ben-Hur Road Near LSU Campus
Jude Jarreau, a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, was an enthusiastic fan of the LSU Tigers, to such a degree that his family asked attendees to dress in purple and gold at his memorial service. Jarreau, 44, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident when an SUV struck him as he was crossing Ben-Hur Road on foot near an off-campus student housing development late on a Saturday night.
The driver, Walter Andrew Brister IV of Mandeville, did not stop at the scene; while he realized that his car had struck something in the road, he was not aware that it was a pedestrian. The following morning, after seeing the damage to his vehicle and hearing the news that a pedestrian had been killed in a hit-and-run, he contacted a lawyer and arranged to surrender to the police. By Wednesday, he had posted his $10,000 bond and is free while his case is pending.
Brister, 21, is a freshman at Louisiana Tech, where he plays football on the college’s team. His father is Walter Andrew Brister III, known as “Bubby,” a retired NFL player whose career included seasons with the Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Minnesota Vikings.
News reports have not indicated whether the younger Brister has officially received criminal charges or entered a plea. They also did not indicate whether Jarraeu’s family plans to file a lawsuit in connection to the case. The families of hit-and-run victims have the right to file wrongful death lawsuits against the driver regardless of whether the driver receives criminal charges.
Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey About Hit-and-Run Accidents
A car accident lawyer can help you if you have been injured in a car accident where the driver left the scene before the police arrived. Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey in Houma, Louisiana to set up a consultation about your case.