7 Things to Do After a Car Accident in Las Vegas
After a Car Accident
The following is a list of things you need to do, if you get into a car accident in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Step 1. Stop. Driving away from a car accident scene is a crime in Nevada. Always stop your vehicle and assess the situation.
Step 2. Need an ambulance? Check if you, your passengers, the other driver and their passengers are OKAY. If you think anyone at the scene is facing a medical emergency, you need to call 911 immediately. Precious minutes can make the difference between debilitating injuries and even death so always err on the side of reasonable caution and seek out medical attention for those injured.
Step 3. Move your vehicle. You do not want to abandon or flee the scene because that is a crime, but the law does allow for you to move your vehicle to a safer location near the scene of the crash. In fact, Nevada law requires that victims of car accidents make reasonable efforts to mitigate their damages, i.e., do not make matters worse by leaving your car in the center of a busy highway.
Step 4. Exchange information. Nevada law requires that you exchange insurance information with the other driver, even if you are not at fault. If you do not have insurance, then you must provide the driver with sufficient information to contact you.
REMEMBER: Even if you do not have insurance, you can still collect damages from the at fault driver. So, do not leave the scene without exchanging information.
Step 5. Get witness' information. Witnesses tend to leave the scene quickly. Independent witnesses can make or break a personal injury case. It is crucial that you collect witness contact information before they leave the scene.
Step 6. Take photos. Take photographs of all cars involved in the accident, include their license plates, property damage, and the accident location.
Step 7. Call your insurance. Call your insurance company to file a claim and let them know that you are in shock from the accident. If you are feeling any pain whatsoever, tell the insurance adjuster about that pain and where it is located. Documenting your injury at this early stage is very important.
Other Things to Remember
Here are three additional important things to keep in mind after a car accident.
1. Don't Apologize
Never apologize to the other driver, even if you feel that the accident is your fault. Your apologies will be considered an admission of guilt and later will be used against you by the other drivers’ lawyers and insurance adjusters.
You simply do not know the cause. Your accident could have been the fault of the shop that did your last break repair or road construction.
2. Get Police Report Number
If police arrived to the accident, make sure you get a police report number from the investigating officer. Your lawyer will need this report number to retrieve the crime investigation report.
3. Beware of Social Media
Don't discuss your car accident on social media sites (Twitter, Facebook and others). Your friends are not the ONLY people who read your posts and comments – the insurance adjusters and police investigators read it too. So, try to keep your posts on social media to a minimum.
What to Do If the Accident Is Your Fault?
If the accident is your fault, contact your insurance company and provide information about the accident. Most insurance companies require that you report any accident within 24 hours. Your insurance company will provide you with a lawyer. The lawyer’s fee covered by your car insurance.
What to Do If the Accident Is NOT Your Fault?
If the car crash is not your fault, (a) get the other driver's name, phone, address, and license plate numbers, (b) get the insurance information and (c) take many car accident photos.
After that, you need to hire a Las Vegas car accident lawyer to represent you. Having a lawyer helps you get fair compensations for your injuries and damages.
What If It Is Your First Car Accident?
You do have a slight advantage if it is your first accident. When the driver is involved in a second, third, or fourth accident, the insurance company can always say that your injury was affected by the previous car accident or previous multiple car accidents and refuse to pay for the treatment. With a first car accident, the insurance company doesn’t have this reason to dispute your medical bill.
Keep in mind, the total amount of your car accident compensation is calculated based on your medical bills, damaged property, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
What to Do If You Don't Have Car Insurance?
If you don't have car insurance, but the "at fault driver" has car insurance - that insurance will reimburse you for your medical bills, car repair/replacement, lost wages, pain and suffering. You need to hire a car accident lawyer to get you fair compensations after a car accident.
If you don’t have car insurance and the "at fault driver" does not t have insurance – you stuck in a bad situation where you may not have a way to collect reimbursement.
What If the "At Fault Driver" Has No Insurance?
If the "at fault driver" has no car insurance, but you have car insurance, you may have an uninsured motorist coverage included in your insurance policy. If so, you may submit a claim against your own insurance to pay for the damage the other driver caused.
What is an Average Car Accident Settlement?
There is no such thing as an average car accident settlement in Las Vegas. Each case is different. If you want to know what compensation to expect in your car accident case, call us at 702-432-1000 to speak with a car accident lawyer.
Do You Use a Car Accident Settlement Calculator?
No, we don't believe in a car accident settlement calculator and we don't use a car accident settlement calculator. A car accident case is worth what a judge or jury would give the plaintiff. For details or to discuss your case, call our office and ask to speak with a car accident lawyer.
Do I Need a Lawyer After the Car Accident?
If the accident is your fault and you have car insurance, your insurance company will provide a lawyer for you. If the accident is NOT your fault, you need to hire a car accident lawyer to protect your rights and help you get monetary compensations for your injuries and damages.
Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you or somebody you love suffered serious injuries in a car accident, call us at 702-432-1000 to speak with a car accident lawyer directly.
We serve clients in Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, North Las Vegas and the surrounding area of Nevada. We also represent many tourists vacationing in Las Vegas.
The car accident lawyers at Heshmati & Associates handle all car accident cases on a contingency basis. This means - you pay no fees unless we win.