Car Accidents in Nevada
In Las Vegas, car accidents can happen without any warning and have serious consequences. Car accidents can cause severe injuries that often force drivers out of work. Instead of returning to a normal way of life, injured parties are forced to cope with stacking medical costs, pain and suffering, and the loss of quality of their life. What’s worse is that drivers may not have done anything to cause these terrible things to happen to them.
Las Vegas Car Accident Lawyers
At Aaron Law Group, we understand how difficult life can be for individuals injured in car accidents. Individuals can be required to undergo numerous surgeries, go through extensive therapy, or may even be paralyzed simply for being on the road with negligent drivers.
If you do not have an experienced Las Vegas accident attorney on your side, you could end up with an unfair settlement. Quite often, insurance companies rush to offer injury victims minimal compensation for their injuries. These settlements are proposed to prevent victims from filing lawsuits against the responsible party. Unfortunately, these offers are typically not enough to cover medical costs, lost wages, or any rehabilitation or recovery measures necessary long-term. At the Aaron Law Group, we handle every aspect of your accident case so you can focus on recovering and rest assured knowing you are being taken care of.
We perform all the necessary tasks for your claim from start to finish. Our legal team will file insurance forms, interview witnesses, collect evidence of the crash site, take photographs necessary to support your claim, and work to preserve all evidence.
The Process Of Filing A Claim
It is crucial for injured parties to hire a legal representative to file a claim on their behalf. The claim process can be overwhelming and complicated, especially for individuals going through medical treatments. The Aaron Law Group helps clients through every step of the claim process. This includes:
- Obtaining a copy of the police report about the accident
- Collect contact information from all witnesses
- Make initial contact with your insurance company to notify them of the accident
There are many factors that can contribute to an automobile accident. Four of the most common factors include:
Distracted drivers: These accidents commonly occur when drivers are not looking at the road or when they take their hands off the wheel. Distractions can include talking on the phone, texting, or trying to reach items on the passenger or back seat of the vehicle.
Driving under the influence: In Nevada, it is illegal for drivers to operate vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. For drivers under 21, this accounts for having a blood alcohol concentration of less than 0.02 percent. Commercial drivers are required to have a blood alcohol concentration below 0.04 percent, and all over drivers are required to have a BAC lower than 0.08 percent.
Product liability: Sometimes vehicles malfunction. Car companies can be held responsible for accidents caused by defective parts. Some of the most common types of accidents caused by product liability are vehicle fires, brake malfunctions, and acceleration jams. Accidents resulting from product liability can be extremely difficult to prove, which is why it is crucial to hire a lawyer to help.
Driving conditions: Unsafe road conditions are another common cause of accidents in Las Vegas. Poorly maintained highways and severe weather can result in driver error very quickly.
Who Is Liable For My Car Accident?
There are numerous factors that are taken into consideration when determining who is responsible for a car accident in Nevada. Depending on the case, there may be one or more drivers responsible. Police and insurance companies have a guideline they use to investigate car accidents in Nevada in order to determine who is at fault. It is crucial for you to refrain from admitting you are at fault while at the scene of the accident.
Understanding Auto Insurance Coverage
In the state of Nevada, drivers are required to maintain minimum coverage in the amount of $25,000 for one person, $50,000 for two persons, and $20,000 to cover property damage. Auto insurance is typically purchased to protect a driver in the event of an accident. Some of the costs auto insurance is used for are medical expenses, car repairs or replacement, and liability to other motorists or passengers involved.
Auto insurance typically falls in one of three coverage areas. These include:
Bodily Injury Liability Insurance: This type of insurance is used to cover medical expenses to treat injuries sustained by passengers in your vehicle as well as injured parties in other vehicles in the accident.
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists Bodily Injury Insurance: This type of insurance covers medical expenses for your injuries if the at-fault driver does not have insurance or if they do not have an adequate amount of insurance to cover the costs for your care.
Property Damage Liability Insurance: This type of insurance provides payments to replace or repair another person’s car or property if you caused the accident.
What To Do When Your Property Is Damaged
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to recognize how claims are filed. Claims for personal injury can take several months to settle. Property damage claims are different. When it comes to recovering costs to cover damaged vehicles or property, these claims are generally processed quicker. The process for filing a damage claim involves:
- Contacting your insurance company to report an accident occurred
- Remove any personal items from the vehicle so it can be towed
- Decide if you want your insurance company to cover the cost of the vehicle
- Contact the other driver’s insurance company–note who you talk to and track the claim number
- Have the damage assessed in a body shop to receive a repair estimate or determine its value if it is totaled
- Request a rental car from the insurance company if you are unable to drive your own vehicle
You should avoid speaking with the insurance companies if at all possible. The Aaron Law Group contacts the insurance companies for our clients so they don’t have to. Insurance companies never have your best interest at heart. They are always looking out for themselves and for their clients.
Common Questions For Individuals Involved In Car Accidents
Individuals involved in car accidents are often at a loss as to what they should do immediately following an accident. They often ask several questions like:
Who Will Cover Repair For My Vehicle?
In some cases, the party that covers the repair costs for your vehicle can be optional. Typically, the insurance company of the at-fault party will be responsible for covering the cost of repairs. If you are unable to get a hold of the at-fault driver’s insurance information immediately, it can take up to 30-days to receive a police report with the information. It is important that you refrain from fixing the vehicle yourself as doing so can compromise your claim.
What Should You Do If You Are Involved In An Accident?
Contact Aaron Law Group as soon as possible so we can advise you on how to deal with insurance companies regarding your accident. If you are involved in a car accident, call your insurance company to let them know. Keep track of who you talk to as well as your claim number. Read over our insurance policy so you know what coverage is available to you. Collect insurance and personal information for others involved in the accident. Save all records that are applicable to your insurance claim.
What Should I Not Do If I Am Involved In An Accident?
If you are involved in a car accident, it is important to avoid certain things that may make filing a lawsuit more difficult for you in the future. First, do not make any statements to the other party’s insurance company without consulting an attorney. Your words can be used against you at a later time, which can negatively impact the success of your case. Do not give the insurance company any written information about the accident. This includes your own company as well as the insurance representative for other parties involved. Do not wait to file a claim.
How Long Do I Have To File A Claim For My Accident?
In Nevada, drivers have 2-years to file a car accident lawsuit against another driver. Although a person has 2-years to file, it is strongly recommended they contact the Aaron Law Group in order to file a claim as soon as possible after the accident occurs. The sooner you file, the more likely you are to obtain witness testimony, collect evidence at the scene, and put together a strong case against the responsible party.
How Much Money Will I Receive From My Car Accident?
The amount of compensation you receive from a car accident depends on numerous factors. Damages will be assessed for the cost of lost property, lost wages, future lost earnings if you are unable to return to work, and pain and suffering. Cases involving extensive physical therapy and multiple surgeries are often compensated more simply because of the cost associated with these treatments.
Additionally, car accident victims are able to be compensated for the loss of companionship, loss of quality of life, and emotional suffering. As each case is truly unique, it is difficult to determine how much money a person will receive. Further, it is crucial to determine whether the responsible party actually has coverage adequate to cover all the damages sustained by the injured client. It can be quite difficult to collect compensation from a responsible party if they do not have adequate coverage or any assets.
When Will I Receive My Compensation?
The time it takes to receive compensation from a car accident is highly dependent upon what type of case is filed, the number of involved parties that are liable, and how the case is settled. Cases that go to court often take longer due to the lengthy court process. When cases are able to be settled out of court, they tend to move along much quicker. Nonetheless, the timeline is difficult to predict and can take several months or years to reach its finality.
You should work quickly to file a lawsuit as soon as possible after the accident occurs. Waiting will severely impact your ability to obtain the maximum amount of compensation possible. Further, you may lose legal rights if you wait over the statute-of-limitations period. Do not sign anything without a lawyer present. Signing any unregulated documents without your lawyer puts you at risk of signing away your legal rights.
Do not take any money from any insurance companies. Quite often, insurance companies will try to quickly convince injured parties to take minimal compensation to cover their injuries. The amounts typically offered do not even begin to cover the medical expenses resulting from the accident. Instead, let them know you are working with the Aaron Law group and we will handle the other party’s insurance company for you.
It is crucial to contact the Aaron Law Group as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation. We work with clients to help contact insurance companies, achieve adequate medical treatments, and recover compensation for car accidents caused by other drivers.
We Fight To Protect Our Client’s Rights
Car accidents can have a truly devastating impact on your life. Whether you are hit head-on by a drunk driver, involved in a hit-and-run accident, or even rear-ended by a distracted driver, we can help you recover physically, emotionally, and financially.
Aaron Law Group works to help clients face the aftermath of serious car accidents. We help by ensuring clients receive the right medical care from good doctors and receive insurance compensation for totaled vehicles. It is crucial our clients are able to focus on their recovery rather than worry about the legal aspects of their case. Working with us allows them to rest assured knowing their best interest is protected.
If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, contact us today at 702-550-1111 for a free consultation to see what options are available for you.