From simple fender-benders to deadly crashes, thousands of Nevadans are involved in car accidents every year. Filing a car accident claim that results in a fair settlement depends on how badly you and your passengers were injured and the extent of damages to your car. It’s always best to talk to an experienced car accident attorney, who can advise you of your rights and the likelihood of receiving just compensation.
If you are in a car accident, the team at Eric Blank Injury Attorneys recommends the following steps:
Nevada law states that no matter how small the accident, you must stop your vehicle and call the police. If you are physically able, you must aid others injured in the crash until the police or ambulance arrives. Also, if you are able and the car is safe to drive, you must move your vehicle out of traffic.
Major accidents may result in obvious injuries, like broken bones and external wounds. Minor accidents may cause serious injuries that present a few days later, such as whiplash and brain trauma. Even if you think you are not hurt, when the ambulance shows up, let the crew take you to the hospital. Or, go to an urgent care facility and have the medical staff check for internal damage.
Regardless of what happened, do not admit fault. Under Nevada law, you may be eligible to recover damages, even if you are partially at fault. In personal injury cases, a jury will review the evidence and determine to what extent each driver was responsible. You may recover damages if you are 50% or less at fault, but the amount will be reduced by the percentage you are deemed to be negligent. However, if you are judged to be 51% or more at fault, you will be unable to recover damages.
Of course, you must answer questions from the police, such as how fast you were driving or whether you were texting (don’t ever text and drive!). But do not admit fault. You can always say, “You’ll have to speak with my car accident lawyer.”
Assuming you are physically able, use your phone to take pictures and videos of all cars involved, the other driver(s), and any statements they make. Take photos of license plates and drivers’ licenses. Note the make and model of the other car(s).
Make sure you obtain the phone number, address, and insurance information from the other driver(s). Document the road conditions and weather. If there are witnesses to the accident, film their statements and get their contact information.
Avoid posting information about the accident online – sharing anything on social media about the accident could harm your case.
Report the accident to your insurance company, either by calling them or using their app. If you suffered injuries and are hospitalized, have a family member or friend call the insurance company for you to open the case. A car accident personal injury attorney can also contact the insurance company on your behalf.
In Nevada, you have two years to file an insurance claim, but the sooner you file, the better for your case.
You may receive a phone call or a letter from the other driver’s insurance company offering a settlement. Do not reply. Turn over all correspondence to a car accident lawyer, who will negotiate with the insurance company for you.
A skilled attorney will know how to present evidence to insurance adjusters to receive compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, reduced quality of life, property damage, loss of wages, and wrongful death.
Will you remember all this advice if you’ve been in an accident? Probably not. That’s why Eric Blank Injury Attorneys offers a helpful guide, 5 Things To Do When You’re In An Accident. Print a copy and keep it in your glove compartment.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident, don’t try to negotiate with insurance companies and medical providers on your own. The team at Eric Blank Injury Attorneys has 79 years of collective experience in successfully representing clients in car accident claims. In fact, our founder, Eric Blank, understands the methods insurance adjusters use in personal injury cases because he originally worked in insurance defense.
Your job is to focus on healing. Our job is to represent you. Call us today at (702) 222-2115 (702) 222-2115 or fill out our online form. Our staff speaks English and Spanish and can visit you in the hospital or at home to take your statements and have you review documents. There is no cost to you to retain our firm, as we only collect a fee if we win your case.
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