Las Vegas Auto Accident Attorneys
What is Considered a Car Accident in Nevada?
A car accident happens in an instant but can lead to life-altering injuries, thousands of dollars in property damage, and thousands more in medical expenses and missed wages. Many automobile accidents involve distracted and drunken drivers that have no business being on the road.
Our Las Vegas auto accident lawyers at Pitaro & Fumo, Chtd. can help you pursue personal injury claims against negligent motorists. Our team has many decades of combined legal experience and is extensively familiar with how these types of cases are adjudicated in Nevada. When you hire our firm, we will work to recover maximum compensation so that you can focus on your recovery.
What To Do Immediately After a Car Accident in Nevada
Experiencing a car accident can be disorienting, terrifying, and, in some cases, even embarrassing, and you may be tempted to leave the scene as soon as you determine everyone is okay. However, it is extremely important that you take several steps to document the crash site and inform the proper authorities.
Immediately after a car accident, you should:
- Make sure all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians are safe
- Call 9-1-1 and summon emergency medical personnel, if necessary
- Inform law enforcement of the accident and summon them to the scene so they can make an official report
- Exchange contact and insurance information with all of the drivers involved
- Take pictures of the accident site, make note of any nearby cameras, and procure contact information from any witnesses
Calling law enforcement about a car accident is not optional in Nevada if the crash injures someone or causes property damage. Additionally, when a law enforcement official comes to an accident site, they will create an official report that can prove useful when building your personal injury case.
You should also seek medical attention promptly after any type of automobile accident, even if there are no apparent injuries. Some types of injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, can be difficult to initially detect but should be treated as soon as possible.
Car Accident Settlement Examples
You will have 2 years from the date of an automobile accident to file a personal injury claim in Nevada. If you are only seeking compensation for property damage, you will have 3 years from the date of the accident. If injuries stemming from the accident result in death, you have 2 years from the date of the passing to file a wrongful death claim.
When an auto accident personal injury claim goes to trial, the judge and jury will assess how much each driver contributed to the accident. These “comparative negligence” rules involve the judge and jury ultimately assigning a percentage of blame to each driver. Failure to follow traffic signals, texting while driving, and driving while intoxicated are all factors that will be considered and can contribute to a larger assignment of blame.
If the jury finds that you were partially responsible for an automobile accident, you can still recover damages. Your total damage award will be reduced by an amount proportionate to your share of the blame. For example, if you are found to be 25% at fault and are seeking $100,000 in damages, your maximum total award can only be $75,000.
A successful automobile accident personal injury claim can help you recover compensation for:
- Present and future medical expenses associated with your injuries
- Missed or lost wages, including reduced earning capacity for serious, debilitating injuries
- Property damage, including damage to your vehicle
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
If you have been injured in an auto accident due to someone else’s negligence, we can assess whether you have a case and review what types of compensation that you may be eligible for. Our Las Vegas auto accident attorneys at Pitaro & Fumo, Chtd. are fierce litigators and are committed to doing everything possible to secure a favorable outcome in your case.