Have you been injured in a hit-and-run car accident that was not your fault? If so, you need the legal guidance of a Las Vegas personal injury attorney working on your behalf.
Being in a car accident is often unnerving and truly devastating. The mental, physical, and financial impact is often overwhelming to innocent victims. This legal issue is far more complicated and distressing when the responsible party leaves the scene of the accident. Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents are not as uncommon as you would think.
Drivers often attempt to leave the scene of accidents in order to avoid being arrested. Usually, individuals that flee the scene are driving illegally in some way. Whether they are driving under the influence, unlicensed, or uninsured, drivers should never leave the scene. Not only is it criminal to do so, but they are leaving innocent victims at the scene that may be seriously hurt or killed.
Las Vegas Hit-And-Run Accident Lawyer
At Aaron Law Group, we understand how difficult life can be after a hit-and-run accident. Drivers often choose to flee the scene for a variety of reasons, but there are none that truly matter especially when you have been injured or your loved one has been killed.
If you suffered severe injuries from the car accident, you may doubt being able to pursue compensation from a driver that left the scene. You may even be suspicious as to whether the person actually had insurance coverage. We are here to help you get the compensation you deserve for the damages you sustained. Contact the Nevada Law Offices of Aaron Law group as soon as possible for a free consultation.
Leaving The Scene Of An Accident Is A Criminal Offense
If a person involved in a car accident in Las Vegas leaves the scene of the accident, they can be charged criminally for their actions. Nevada state law requires that drivers of all vehicles involved remain at the scene of the accident, regardless of who is at fault. Any driver that willingly leaves the scene is committing a criminal offense.
Nevada Revised Statute 484E.030 states that all drivers must provide other drivers involved with their name, address, driver’s license (if requested) and VIN# to their vehicle. Police officers that arrive to the scene are also entitled to this information and they can issue citations to individuals that fail to give it to them.
Types Of Hit-And-Run Accidents In Las Vegas
There are several instances in which a person can be charged with a hit-and-run accident in Nevada. Each charge is criminal in nature and can bolster a hit-and-run injury claim against the responsible party.
First, it is important to determine whether a hit-and-run accident is a felony or misdemeanor. Typically, accidents that result only in property damage are considered misdemeanors. If the accident results in bodily injury or death, it is a Category B felony.
Parked Car Hit-And-Run
This term is used to describe an accident that occurs when a car is in a parking lot and unattended. When a driver strikes an unoccupied vehicle, they are legally required to attempt to find the owner of the vehicle and/or leave a written not with their own contact information. Further, drivers are required by law to notify the police about the accident.
DUI Hit-And-Run Accidents
Quite often, individuals that are under the influence at the time of an incident will flee the scene so they do not get caught. Intoxicated drivers often leave the scene under the assumption that it will be nearly impossible to prove that they were intoxicated during the time of the accident.
Fortunately, the law changed at the end of 2015 that places the sentencing structure for leaving the scene of an accident in line with that of a DUI accident. Regardless of whether a person is charged with DUI or leaving the scene of an accident, they face the same sentencing possibilities.
Misdemeanor Hit-And-Run Penalties In Nevada
A driver charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run in Nevada can face up to six months in jail. Additionally, they can be fined up to $1,000 and have six points placed against their driver’s licenses.
Felony Hit-And-Run Penalties In Nevada
Individuals charged with a felony hit-and-run in Nevada face the possibility of far steeper charges. Due to the nature of the accident, drivers can face between 2-years and 20-years in prison. In addition, they will be fined between $2,000 and $5,000 and have their licenses suspended or revoked.
The severity of the punishment is highly dependent upon the specific circumstances of each case. If there is a previous DUI conviction within the state’s defined period, the driver is more likely to be charged more harshly.
The fact that a driver is charged criminally does not bar you from filing a civil claim against them to recover costs for damages you sustained. You should contact a qualified and skilled personal injury attorney as soon as you’ve gotten medical treatment for your injury. Contact the Nevada Law Office of Aaron Law Group so we can get started on your case as soon as possible.
What To Do After A Hit-And-Run
Car accidents are often sudden. The shock of what just happened often leaves victims stunned and unable to clearly comprehend what is happening. If you are even involved in a hit-and-run accident, it is crucial for you to act quickly to protect your rights.
If you are able to, try to identify the driver of the other vehicle. Keep track of the make and model of the vehicle, the license plate number, and even a description of the driver if you see them. Do not attempt to go after the hit-and-run driver. They may have weapons on them or be dangerous.
Instead, contact the police as soon as possible and provide them with as many details about the driver as you can. Gather contact information from any witnesses. If you have a camera, take pictures of your vehicle and the scene of the accident.
It is crucial for you to visit an emergency room to care for your injuries. Even if cannot see any injuries, you may begin to feel the impact within 24-to-48-hours after the accident. It is crucial for you to document your injuries, get medical attention, and go to all follow-up visits with medical specialists.
Once you have been taken care of medically, it is important to determine the extent of damage to your vehicle. Your car may need repairs performed or it may be rendered a total loss. It is crucial for you to handle repairs and replacements in the meantime. Once the at-fault driver is identified, you can later submit your claims to their insurance company so you can be reimbursed for your expenses. Call Arron Law Group today to speak with a qualified and experienced injury attorney.
Hit-And-Run Accidents With Company Vehicles
If a vehicle that has company logos or markings is involved in a hit-and-run accident, you may be able to go after either the driver or the company for damages. Sometimes it is more beneficial to go after the company for compensation it the driver was on a work assignment at the time of the accident.
At Aaron Law Group, we will discuss different options available to you in order to determine which route will work best based on the unique circumstances of your accident.
Common Questions For Hit-And-Run Claimants
Individuals involved in hit-and-run accidents often have several questions regarding the incident. Some of the most common questions are:
Do I Have To Pay For A Hit-And-Run Attorney Up Front?
No, you do not. The Nevada Law Offices of Aaron Law Group do not require up-front payment for any hit-and-run injury case. We take these cases on a contingency basis. What this means is that you do not have to pay anything to us until you win the claim.
Providing services to injured parties on a contingency basis guarantees that they have legal representation when they need it. They do not have to worry about coming up with extra money to pay legal fees, which would be nearly impossible, especially for those who sustain injuries that force them out of work.
Is There A Limit For Filing A Hit-And-Run Injury Case?
In the state of Nevada, injured parties have 2-years from the date of the accident to file a claim against the responsible party. It is recommended that claimants file as soon as possible in order to have the best chance at winning.
When a legal defense team is retained, lawyers are able to get to work collecting evidence, taking witness statements, and filing paperwork. This ensures minimal evidence is lost. Not having all the supporting information and documents readily available can have a very negative impact on a claimants chance of success in court.
What Happens If The Driver Is Not Identified?
If you and the police are unable to locate the hit-and-run driver, you may still have some options available to cover your damages. In Nevada, hit-and-run accidents are generally covered by Uninsured Motorist Coverage. This enables injured drivers to file a claim against their own insurance company to pay for costs related to the accident. This type of coverage often covers:
- Vehicle repairs and replacements
- Lost wages
- Compensation for pain and suffering for you and your passengers
- All medical expenses
If you file a claim under your Uninsured Motorist Coverage policy, you may be required to pay your standard collision deductible for any repairs made. It is important that you look over your policy information to see what coverage you have available, what limits apply to your coverage, and how much you will be required to pay out of pocket.
When Should I Hire A Hit-And-Run Lawyer?
If there is severe property damage, and you feel the insurance company is not providing a fair amount of compensation for your accident, you should hire a personal injury attorney.
Car accidents can be extremely stressful, especially when they involve bodily injury or death. Dealing with insurance companies and their lawyers on top of your recovery can seem overwhelming.
Hiring an attorney from the Las Vegas Law Offices of Aaron Law Group will take the hassle of filing claims and collecting evidence away so you can focus on your health. Our lawyers will diligently work on your behalf to make sure every aspect of your case is handled with care.
- Making sure all paperwork is processed within the statute of limitations deadline. We will handle all of the legal procedures and terms so you can rest assured knowing your best interest is protected.
- Working with a team of investigators that are equipped to handle all technical aspects of your case.
- Scheduling mediations and arbitrations in order to reach a settlement quicker so you can receive the compensation you deserve without a lengthy legal battle.
- Receive the best outcome possible. Our lawyers are able to see things more objectively. Instead of letting emotions get in the way, we are able to hold out to receive the highest possible payout.
- Preparing for court. If a settlement agreement is not able to be reached, we will fight your case in court. We will represent you using legal strategies that are best suited for your unique situation and we will receive the highest possible settlement as a result.
Let Us Fight For Your Rights In Hit-And-Run Accidents
Even if you get the driver’s information before they flee the scene of the accident, you may still need to file an uninsured motorist claim against your own auto insurance policy to ensure your medical expenses and repair costs are covered.
Individuals that file these claims against their own companies are sometimes met with low-ball offers that companies claim are “more than generous” since the other driver left the scene. At the Nevada Law Office of Aaron Law Group, we are not afraid to stand up to intimidating insurance adjusters as we know there is always a higher number they are willing to offer.
Do not let insurance companies pressure you. Call the Las Vegas Law Offices of Aaron Law Group today at 702-550-1111 to schedule a free case evaluation. All hit-and-run injury cases are taken by us on a contingency basis, so there are no fees unless you win. Let us go after the driver that caused your accident and the insurance companies so you can focus on your recovery instead.