Anyone who drives a vehicle in Nevada must have vehicle insurance. Nevada is an at “fault” state which means that if you are in a car accident, the person who causes the accident (or that person’s insurance company) has to pay for the damage. If you are in a car accident and are able to move around or talk, you should take certain steps immediately following the accident to help with the investigation into your case.
The one thing you shouldn’t do is to speak with any insurance company, even your own. You could inadvertently give it information that it may use to shift fault to you. Even if you do believe that you’re at fault for your accident, don’t discuss the accident with any insurance company; let your attorney handle all discussions with insurance companies. If you’ve sustained any injuries in a car accident, contact an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
If you are able to move around safely following an accident, make sure to take note of the other involved individuals’ contact, registration, and license information, after you call first responders. You should also take pictures of both cars from every angle. If either vehicle left skid marks or marks where it might have gone off the road, take pictures of the marks. The pictures may help your attorney determine fault for purposes of a settlement or lawsuit. This is important because the police report may incorrectly assign fault to you, which you can use photos to dispute.
Always seek medical attention following an accident, even if you think and feel that you’re uninjured. Some injuries take hours or even days to show up. When you get checked out, make sure to keep all of your hospital bills. You will need to give copies of them to the other driver’s insurance company for reimbursement.
By retaining an attorney, you maximize your potential compensation. Oftentimes, an insurance company will increase its settlement offer immediately upon your retention of legal counsel. Insurance companies are in the business of making money and attempt to protect their bottom line regardless of how it affects the lives of injured individuals. The less an insurance company pays out, the more profit it makes. A car accident lawyer will make sure you get a fair and reasonable settlement or else file a personal injury lawsuit.
In the event that you are incapacitated because of an accident, you should have a loved one contact a car accident attorney for you. If you lost a loved one in a car accident, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible regarding your eligibility to file a wrongful death claim. It is pertinent to start working on your case as soon as possible so that your attorney has adequate time to negotiate with insurance companies and prepare to file a lawsuit, if necessary.
Car accident injuries range from minor to catastrophic. Additionally, the accident itself may not cause you injury, but the airbags can cause injuries, including burns. Injuries that you could potentially suffer when you are in a car accident include:
If you have sustained an injury in a car accident, you should seek economic, non-economic, and punitive damages in your personal injury claim, depending on the specific circumstances of your accident. Even if you were partially at fault, a court may still award you compensation for your injuries. Your potential damages award could include compensation for the following:
If you were in a car accident, or if you lost a loved one in a car accident, call Benson & Bingham at (775) 600-6000, or contact us online, to schedule your free consultation with an experienced member of our legal team.