Car accidents are frightening and potentially traumatizing experiences, and you may not know what to do after you’re in one. At Pursiano Barry Bruce Demetriades Simon LLP, our Las Vegas attorneys offer personalized attention to ensure you receive the settlement you deserve.
If you’ve been in a car accident, you may be dealing with medical expenses, lost wages, or a permanent disability resulting from your accident. You deserve strong legal representation and to rest easy knowing that your case is in capable hands.
Regardless of the cause of your accident, our personal injury attorneys are here to ensure that you receive fair compensation.
Although every accident is different, there are several common types of car accidents we can help with, including the following.
Distracted Driving refers to any activity that causes the driver to take their eyes off the road while driving, including texting, using the radio or GPS, or talking to other people in the car.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), driver errors, such as speeding, running red lights and stop signs, and tailgating, are the leading cause of car accidents nationwide.
In Nevada, the legal blood alcohol concentration limit (BAC) is 0.02 percent for drivers under 21, 0.04 percent for drivers with commercial licenses, and 0.08 percent for all other drivers.
Under Nevada law, it is a criminal offense for anyone involved in a motorized accident to leave the crash scene without exchanging information with the other parties and police.
Multi-vehicle accidents, also referred to as “pile-ups,” are common on highways and conditions where road visibility is reduced by fog, rain, or snow.
Rear-end collisions account for 29 percent of all car crashes, making them the most common collision type in the United States. Contrary to popular belief, the driver in the rear car is not always at fault here.
T-bone accidents occur when the front of a vehicle strikes the side of another, forming the shape of a “T” at the point of impact. They are likely to happen on busy intersections.
In Nevada, texting, accessing the internet, and using a hand-held phone while driving is illegal for drivers of all ages. Drivers found in violation of this law may face hefty fines and even license suspension.
If your accident affects your ability to work, you may also be entitled to recover lost wages and salary during the time that you are unable to work due to your injuries. Additionally, you may be entitled to compensation for lost property, such as your car. Non-economic damages encompass the pain and suffering that you’ve experienced as a result of your accident. This includes loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, or mental anguish.
If your car accident results in a loss of life, you may be eligible to file for a wrongful death suit. At Pursiano Barry Bruce Demetriades Simon LLP, we understand the devastation that a fatal accident leaves behind and the importance of receiving fair compensation. We make it our mission to provide gentle, compassionate guidance through the complex legal process of a wrongful death suit to help you receive the settlement your family deserves.
In Las Vegas, NV, the police only respond to the scene of an accident if there are reported injuries. For this reason, it’s important for Las Vegas drivers to be prepared for the possibility of a non-emergency accident. Good items to have on hand include:
If no one is injured in the accident, it is important to move the vehicle out of traffic. If possible, take pictures of the entire scene of the accident before you move the car, taking extra care if there is moving traffic nearby. Once you have moved the vehicles, exchange the following information with the other driver:
If the cars cannot be moved out of traffic, you will need to notify the police. You should also contact the Las Vegas police department if the other driver is intoxicated; cannot provide a driver’s license, registration, or insurance card; or becomes threatening or violent.
After exchanging information, it is safe to leave the scene and fill out a report with your insurance company as soon as possible.
If you are injured, call 911 to report the accident and request medical assistance. It is important to seek medical attention immediately, even if your injuries seem minor. Many car accident injuries, such as neck injuries, may not present right away and become more serious over time.
Provide the police with only the information they need to file their report, and never admit to being at fault, even partial fault. Nevada is considered an at-fault state, which means that the person deemed the most responsible for the accident is under obligation to pay for any losses and damages.
Before you speak to an insurance company, it is best to speak with a qualified accident lawyer in Las Vegas. The civil litigators at Pursiano Barry Bruce Demetriades Simon LLP are experienced in gathering evidence and handling insurance companies on behalf of your clients. It is in your best interest to allow a qualified accident lawyer to act as a go-between with any insurance company. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, contact our personal injury lawyers for a free consultation.