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How prevalent are car accidents?

Car accidents occur far too frequently in Nevada and across the USA. In the USA, about 40,000 people are killed in vehicle collisions every year. In Nevada, there were a total of 29,287 people injured and 314 killed on Nevada public roadways in 2001. With respect to fatal crashes in Nevada, the top three crash types by severity were: Ran off Roadway & Overturned - Pedestrian - Angle Collision. The top three contributing factors for Nevada traffic fatalities by severity were: Failure to Yield - Inattentive Driving - D.U.I. Alcohol. Male and Female drivers between the ages of 25 and 34 showed the highest crash totals.

Read about Truck Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, icycle Accidents, us Accidents and Heavy Equipment Accidents on our Accident Claims site.

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What should you do at the accident scene?

Here are some things you should do at the scene of an auto accident:

  • Immediately stop at the scene.
  • Call 911 if there are injuries.
  • Call the police. In some areas police authorities may not come to every accident scene. They may consider factors such as the severity and location of the accident (e.g., some police authorities will not come to the scene if the accident is on private property). However, you should attempt to notify the police. You should also be aware that most policies require notification of police within a specified time period if the accident is a hit and run.
  • Obtain names, addresses, telephone numbers, and driver's license numbers from all drivers.
  • Obtain license plate(s) and vehicle identification numbers. Ask to see driver's license(s) and vehicle registration(s) to verify that the information is accurate.
  • Obtain names, addresses, and telephone numbers of other passengers and any witnesses.
  • If you have a camera, take photographs of the damage, the position of the cars, and the accident scene (e.g., traffic controls, visual obstacles).
  • If the owner of a damaged car or damaged property cannot be located, leave a note with the names and addresses of the driver and owners of the involved cars.
  • Notify your agent and/or your insurance company immediately.
  • You may want to contact a Las Vegas Car Accident Lawyer so you can better understand your right to compensation and take steps to preserve the value of your accident claim.
Here are some things you should avoid at the scene of a car accident:
  • Do not argue with other drivers and passengers.
  • Do not sign statements regarding fault or promises to pay for damage.
  • If another party offers to pay your deductible, don't sign anything releasing him or her from further responsibility.  By releasing the other party, you could jeopardize your insurance company's subrogation right, and the company may refuse to pay for damage to your car.
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Accident Tips on our Vegas Injury Law Site.

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Should you talk to an adjuster?

You should be alert and careful if you talk about your Las Vegas car accident with an adjuster from the other driver's insurance company. You probably should not give a recorded statement about your Las Vegas car wreck to the other driver's insurance company if you do not have a Las Vegas lawyer present to monitor the conversation. If the adjuster only talks about getting your car fixed, there may not be cause for alarm. However, if the insurance adjuster talks about the facts of the accident - your injuries - or who caused the accident, you should be wary and exercise caution. The insurance adjuster may be polite, but the adjuster may have been trained to get you to say something which might damage your case. The insurance adjuster might try to get you to say that your were partly at fault for the accident (even though the other driver received a citation and you did not). You can consult a Las Vegas Car Accident Lawyer ito determine if you have a viable claim for damages. If the attorney takes your personal injury case, the lawyer will deal with the insurance company's adjusters and investigators on your behalf.

Read more about Adjusters on our Vegas Injury Law site.

To learn about the job description and regular duties of adjusters, read Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, and Investigators on our Accident Claims site.

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How important is the accident report?

The accident report (police report) can be an extremely important document in a Las Vegas car accident. The report establishes the facts of the accident and can often go a long way in proving which party was at fault and should be held legally responsible for the Las Vegas car accident. A car wreck in Nevada is often investigated by the local police department or the highway patrol. An auto accident in Nevada is often reported to the local police or the Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP). For many vehicle collisions in Las Vegas, the auto accident is reported to and investigated by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD). It is usually wise to call the police to report an auto accident in Nevada. Las Vegas Metro will always investigate anytime there is a traffic fatality. For some fender benders on private property, you may have to report the accident on your own. The accident report (police report) is important because it gives all the information on the car accident. If the other driver has received a citation in the accident report, it could make your case stronger if you were not cited for violating any Nevada traffic laws. A Nevada Lawyer can advise you on your rights and help explain the police report (accident report). The accident report will give important information like the other driver's insurance information - the date and time of the auto accident - and whether the other driver violated any traffic laws. Often, the complete Nevada accident report is not available immediately. A Las Vegas Auto Accident Lawyer can assist you in obtaining the final police report.

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What issues can arise in a car accident claim?

A Nevada car accident claim can involve many complex issues involving, tort law, contract law and insurance law. One of the first issues is to determine whether the other party was negligent and should have liability for the injuries you sustained. Then, it is important to determine if you have waited too long to file a personal injury claim. Another threshold issue is whether there is insurance coverage for the accident. Nevada has a financial responsibility law which requires insurance at a minimum amount. Also, even if the other driver had no insurance or did not have adequate insurance to compensate you for your injuries, it is sometimes possible to claim against your own policy if you have the necessary coverage for an Uninsured - Underinsured claim. There are often many complex issues such as stacking insurance policies, subrogation, respondeat superior, negligence per se, which can be explained if you contact a Las Vegas Car Accident attorney for a free consultation.

Read more about Liability on our Vegas Lawyer site.

Read more about Negligence on our Vegas Injury Law site.

Read more about Insurance on our Vegas Lawyer site.

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How to get a free consultation?

If you need legal advice regarding your Las Vegas car accident claim, contact David Matheny, Esq. (of the law firm of Dempsey, Roberts & Smith, Ltd) for a free personal injury consultation. We are located in Las Vegas, Nevada and we provide legal services for car accident claims (and many other injury claims) throughout the State of Nevada.

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