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 Reno car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
According to Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) crash data, more than 7,000 traffic accidents occur in Washoe County each year, resulting in hundreds of injuries and dozens of fatalities. Mechanical failure, heavy traffic, inclement weather, and driver behavior can all contribute to a car accident, but whatever the cause, the majority of crashes are preventable.
If a Reno-area car accident caused by someone else’s careless or reckless actions has left you or a loved one badly injured, consult with an experienced Reno car accident injury attorney as soon as possible to learn about your rights to recover compensation from those who did you harm. In the meantime, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, about Reno car accidents.
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.
If you get into a car accident in Reno in which property damage, injury, or death occurred, then you must report your accident to the Reno Police or the nearest office of the Nevada Highway Patrol. The best, safest, and most conscientious way to do so is to call 911 from the accident scene.
We always advise people to err on the side of caution. If the accident results in any property damage, or even the slightest injury, report it.
If you have suffered injuries in a car accident in the Reno area, consult with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. Generally speaking, Nevada law gives you two years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit against anyone with a legal liability for your car accident injuries. However, exceptions may apply that shorten or lengthen this time period. Better to be safe than sorry: call a lawyer as soon as you can to protect your rights to compensation.
Leaving the scene of the accident is a crime in Nevada and every other state. The financial consequences of a hit-and-run driver’s choice to flee the scene can have the most severe impact on accident victims. Unless the authorities identify and apprehend the driver, victims may not have someone from whom to seek compensation for their injuries.
After sustaining injuries in a Reno hit-and-run accident, some victims can seek compensation from their own uninsured motorist insurance coverage, if they carry it. Those who do not may need the help of an experienced Reno car accident injury attorney to help them track down information and evidence the Reno Police may have missed, and which may help to identify the hit-and-run driver.
A lawyer can also evaluate whether the actions of other, known parties played a contributing role in the accident, and thus may have a legal liability for a victim’s injuries even if the hit-and-run driver remains unidentified.
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:
Medical costs. You may receive compensation for any medical costs that you’ve incurred due to injuries sustained during your accident. These are economic or special damages.
Taking legal action after a car accident means seeking compensation from any individual or entity whose actions or decisions caused the accident and resulting injuries.
Every case has its own unique features, but this type of legal action typically seeks to recover the costs of:
No one can predict in advance whether all (or any) of the categories of damages listed above will apply in a particular Reno car accident case. The most reliable way to determine what damages you might seek after getting injured in a Reno car accident, and the potential amount of those damages, is to work with an experienced motor vehicle accident injury lawyer.
Nevada law permits eligible family members to take legal action via a wrongful death lawsuit against anyone at fault for causing the death of a loved one. Through this type of lawsuit, grieving families can receive compensation for grief, loss of probable support, companionship, society, comfort and consortium, and damages for the pain, suffering, or disfigurement a loved one suffered.
A jury may also award the personal representative of a deceased person’s estate special damages for medical expenses before death, funeral expenses, and punitive damages if the wrongful death was a result of intentional harm or gross negligence.
Nevada law also allows the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate to file a survival action, which is, in effect, a lawsuit the deceased person could have filed had he or she survived, instead of succumbing to, car accident injuries. The personal representative, typically the executor or administrator of the estate, can recover losses and damages that the loved one incurred before death.
If you sustained injuries in a Reno car accident, you may have the right to recover substantial compensation, if you act quickly. The clock begins running for you to exercise your legal rights from the moment you sustain your injury. Do not wait. Consult our experienced car accident attorneys at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, right away to learn about your rights and to plot the best course forward.
If you were in a car accident, or if you lost a loved one in a car accident, call Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC at (775) 600-6000, or contact us online, to schedule your free consultation with an experienced member of our legal team. We also serve clients in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Sparks, and Carson City.
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