It didn’t happen on purpose, but when your vehicle collided with another vehicle or person or other property (including a pet), you are required by Louisiana vehicle code RS 14:100 to stop and provide certain information. And if a person was injured, you are required to provide reasonable aid to them. Though it was tempting to leave the scene of an accident—or perhaps you panicked and weren’t thinking straight—, especially if you thought there were no witnesses, the consequences of a hit-and-run accident are severe. Whatever the reason you left an accident scene, you may face stiff fines, suspension or loss of your driver’s license, criminal prosecution and possible imprisonment.
Hit And Run Louisiana Vehicle Code Law—Statute RS 14:100
Louisiana Vehicle Code RS 14:100 defines hit-and-run as follows:
“Hit and run driving is the intentional failure of the driver of a vehicle involved in or causing an accident, to stop such vehicle at the scene of the accident, to give his identity, and to render reasonable aid.”
Also, if you’ve struck an empty, parked car, you are required by law to provide a written notice placed conspicuously on the vehicle with a description of what happened and your name and contact information. Though this is a non-injury car accident, it is still considered a hit and run in Louisiana.
If you collided with other property or hit a pet (the latter is considered “property”), and you can’t locate an owner, you must notify the local police or Louisiana Highway Patrol depending upon where the accident occurred.
A driver must perform all these legal requirements regardless of how or why the accident happened.
Hit-And-Run Law Defined: Leaving the Scene of an Accident
There are two types of hit-and-run crimes in Louisiana—accidents involving only damage to property and accidents that caused injury or death.
Hit and Run Penalty, Louisiana
- Where there is no death or serious bodily injury a driver shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.
- When there is evidence that a vehicle operator consumed alcohol, used drugs or a controlled substance prior to the accident, they may be fined up to $500, jailed for not less than ten days and no more than six months.
- When death or serious bodily injury was caused, and a driver knew or should have known that it did, they will be fined up to $5,000 and maybe imprisoned with or without hard labor for up to ten years.
- A combination of the above conditions may result in imprisonment for not less than five years nor more than 20 years with or without hard labor.
Hit and Run Criminal and Personal Injury Attorney
If you fled from an accident and may face charges and/or a civil lawsuit, it is imperative you seek attorney representation for any instance of a hit and run. Just because a person has been cited or charged with a hit-and-run accident, doesn’t mean there is a defense against possible consequences.
For more information about hit-and-run accidents, you don’t have to wait for office hours. Call Gordon & Gordon 24/7 at 318-716-HELP, or schedule a consultation at any of their conveniently located Shreveport, Mansfield, or Bossier City offices!