After a Vehicle Accident, Get an Attorney On Your Side to Protect Your Interests
Our Reno Auto Accident Lawyer Goes Up Against Insurance Companies and Their Lawyers
According to the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety, there were 297 crashes in 2015, with 326 fatalities related to those crashes. In the prior year, there were 268 crashes, resulting in 291 fatalities. It only takes one person’s negligence to change your life forever. Then, there is the aftermath of the accident. What do you do after an accident? If an insurance company calls you, should you speak to them? Is the insurance company’s offer a reasonable one? Are you feeling pressure to make a decision or a statement right now? If you are thinking of similar questions, consider talking to an auto accident lawyer. You know an insurance company can talk to its lawyers, so shouldn’t you have one to ask for advice? Did you know a consultation with our law firm is 100%, completely free? You can reach us now at (775)337-1444.
Attorney Eric A. Stovall helps Nevada accident victims get compensation they deserve. Additionally, we take our cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you only pay our fees if your case is successful. If you were in an auto accident, we are here to help. The cases we handle include:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bike Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bus Accidents
What to do After a Car Accident
Immediately following an accident, you should do the following:
- Contact law enforcement. Call the police to the scene and they will document the events, the persons involved in the accident and generally take the names and contact information of witnesses.
- Take photos if possible. If you are safe and not seriously injured, it is a good idea to take as many photographs as possible. Take pictures of the area of the accident, road signs and traffic signals, as well as damage to the involved vehicles.
- Seek medical care. Regardless of whether you believe you are hurt or not, it is imperative you should seek medical care at a local emergency room. An ER physician will document bruises, pain and other symptoms you may have. Keep in mind, you may not feel any pain immediately after an accident because of the adrenaline rush that typically occurs.
- Notify the insurance company. Since all Nevada drivers must maintain certain levels of auto insurance, notify your insurance company of any accident. Use caution when providing information; it is advisable to simply provide the insurer with the facts and provide them the other driver’s insurance information. Do not answer any other questions without speaking with an auto accident lawyer.
Nevada Personal Injury Statutes
Accident victims often do not know their rights nor do they understand the limitations of Nevada personal injury statutes. After an accident, a victim needs to know the time limits he or she has for filing a claim. This is known as the statute of limitations. In Nevada, it is two years. This is the maximum amount of time following an accident you have to file a civil lawsuit against the other driver.
Nevada also governs fault, as most states do. Nevada works under “modified comparative negligence”. This means if you are found partially at fault for an accident, any settlement would be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you. You may wonder if another driver strikes you how you could be partially at fault. An example of this would be if you are hit from behind while you were texting or using a cell phone. In this instance, the courts may find you are partially responsible for the accident.
Protecting Yourself from Comparative Fault
One of the most important things you can do after an accident is to ensure you are not inadvertently providing your insurance company or the other person’s insurance company with any information that admits you may be partially at fault. Use caution answering questions from insurance adjusters including those that may seem innocuous such as “how are you doing”. The insurance company may use your answers to demonstrate that you did not suffer any injuries or to show that you are partially at fault for your injuries.
More Information about Cases Our Law Firm Handles
Car accidents can be devastating. The injuries that result from your accident can leave you unable to work, in pain and requiring ongoing medical care. Depending on the accident, they can also result in life-long injuries that may make it impossible to live your life as you once did. No matter how perfectly you are driving, it only takes one mistake on the part of another driver to hurt you and your passengers.
In an accident between a commercial truck and an automobile, the automobile always loses. Trucks can weight up to 80,000 pounds, so it is no surprise that the injuries that result from a truck accident can be so severe. In fact, in 2014, truck accidents resulted in 3,660 fatalities.
Truck drivers are held to a higher standard. As professionals, they receive training and must drive safely as well as ensure that their equipment meets safety standards. If a driver or a trucking company cuts corners and hurts you in the process, it is only fair that you get compensated.
Motorcyclists are at a higher risk of injury than automobile drivers, simply because they have much less protection than someone in a car. Ideally, cars and trucks should share the road, obey all traffic laws and remain aware at all times of motorcyclists. Unfortunately, drivers do not always behave as they should. You have specific legal rights in Nevada that you should know about. You can bet the other driver’s insurance company knows these laws.
Reno has many scenic areas to enjoy by bicycle, including the Flume Trail of Lake Tahoe and Red Rock Canyon; you have lots of reasons to hit the roads and the trails on your bike. But even if you ride safely, wear your helmet and obey all traffic laws, there is still a risk of getting in an accident. Drivers are not always paying attention as they should, and they can easily hurt you if they hit you. If you were hit by a car while riding your bicycle, our bicycle accident lawyer can help you understand your legal options and whether you have a case.
You would think that walking is about the safest form of transportation available. And in many instances, you would be right. But any time you are around cars and trucks, your safety is at risk. Far too many pedestrians are hit by drivers, leading to serious injuries like brain injuries, broken bones, spinal cord injuries and even death.
Contact Our Reno Auto Accident Lawyer Today
Contact our law firm now to schedule a free initial consultation at which you can tell your story and learn about your legal options. We are ready to help you build your case. We have offices in Reno and Las Vegas, NV.