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Common Causes of AccidentsLas Vegas has a high rate of car accidents and car accident fatalities, so drivers need to be especially careful on the road. The following are some of the most common causes of collisions:
- Impaired driving
- Texting while driving or other forms of distracted driving
- Driving while tired or driving overnight
- Aggressive driving
- Failure to yield
- Out-of-state drivers being unfamiliar with local traffic patterns
Why You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer After Your AccidentTensions are high after a car accident, so it can be difficult to think clearly and decide on your next steps. You might think it's best to simply reach out to your insurance provider and let them handle the proceedings. However, contacting a lawyer is always a wise decision. Even if your case is relatively straightforward and easy to settle through your insurance company, no one regrets seeking support from an expert when they're going through a crisis. Medical bills can add up quickly, creating a financial strain on you and your household. Unfortunately, some people experience lasting injuries or chronic pain after a collision, so their life after the crash will never be exactly the same. The emotional toll of a severe car accident can have a profound impact on your life, too. You've been through a traumatic event, and you deserve compensation for your losses. However, even when the facts of the case are obvious, insurance companies may do everything in their power to decrease or deny your settlement. With a personal injury attorney on your side, you're much more likely to receive full compensation for the accident. Your lawyer is well aware of the tactics that insurance providers use to avoid paying out, and they know how to argue your case to get the best results. With the help of your attorney, you could receive compensation for some or all of these expenses:
- Hospital bills
- Long-term medical expenses such as physical therapy or pain medication
- Lost wages from time off work due to the accident
- Damage to your vehicle
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages for the at-fault party
How Lloyd Baker Injury Attorneys Will HelpIf you've been in a car accident, Lloyd Baker Injury Attorneys is here to help. We've served countless clients in the Las Vegas area and have helped collision victims receive millions of dollars in settlements. Our goal is to make the road safer for all drivers and pedestrians, so we are passionate about fighting car accident cases and holding reckless or negligent parties accountable. Here's what you can expect us to do when you reach out to our firm for legal support:
- Collect as much information and documentation on the accident as possible.
- Help you document your injuries, damages, and medical expenses.
- Communicate with your healthcare providers to recover missing documents needed for your claim.
- Organize all of the evidence and records to make a strong case.
- Negotiate with your and the other party's insurance companies to make sure you maximize your compensation from the claim.
- Litigate the case in court if necessary.
- Let you focus on healing while we handle the insurance proceedings.
What to Do After Your Car AccidentIt's normal to feel stressed or overwhelmed after a collision. You might have an excess of adrenaline or go into fight-or-flight mode when you're involved in a severe crash, so you're focused only on your immediate safety. Then, as your mind and body calm down, you may go into a state of shock. Although it can be difficult to keep a clear head in the aftermath of a car accident, your actions following the crash can make a big difference in the outcome of your case. Here are the most important steps to take if you've been involved in a collision:
Call for emergency services and prioritize your safety.The very first thing you must do after a crash is check yourself and your passengers for injuries. Your body may release adrenaline during a car accident, so you might not feel any pain despite being injured. If possible, you should steer your car to a safe location on the side of the road. However, if you or a passenger may have sustained a head, neck, or back injury, you should try not to move until emergency services arrive. Even if the accident seems minor and you don't think you're injured, it can be helpful to call 911. The police will document the accident and speak with others involved in the crash, and their account of the incident can be instrumental in fighting your case.
Gather information.If you were injured in the accident, you should focus on receiving medical care first and foremost. You might not be able to document or take pictures of the crash, but the police report will provide plenty of helpful information. If you are able to safely document the collision, try to collect as much information as possible. Here are some key details that will be important as you pursue damages:
- Date and time of the crash
- Weather conditions
- Photos of hazards in the road
- Photos of damage to the vehicles
- Other driver's name, contact information, and insurance information
- Names and contact information of witnesses
Contact a lawyer.The earlier you consult with an attorney after your collision, the better. Your lawyer will collect as much evidence as possible to prove that the other party was at fault for the crash, and they'll provide support and guidance as you connect with your insurance provider.
File an insurance claim.As soon as possible after the accident, you should reach out to your car insurance provider to report the crash. Your insurance company will ask for basic information about the accident at this point. A few days later, you should expect a call from an insurance claims adjuster. The claims adjuster works for the insurance company, and their goal is to minimize the amount of money the company pays out. You should be very cautious when speaking with the adjuster. Don't admit fault to the accident, and answer their questions briefly without speculating on what may or may not have happened during the crash. Your lawyer will be a valuable source of support as you work with the claims adjuster. They can guide you through the conversation, or they can speak to the adjuster directly on your behalf.
Continue to document your medical expenses.If you're pursuing compensation for your injuries, thoroughly documenting your medical care is essential. Keep a record of every visit to your doctor, physical therapist, or other healthcare providers. This will help to prove the impact that the collision had on your life, and it will help you get adequate compensation for all of your medical expenses.
Schedule Your Free Consultation TodayIf you've been involved in a car accident, reach out to Lloyd Baker Injury Attorneys today. Our personal injury lawyers have extensive experience with collision cases, and we are prepared to fight for your compensation. You can schedule a free consultation to discuss the details of your case.
It is extremely important to go to the hospital immediately after the accident; at the very least, you should be seen by your physician. You may not notice symptoms immediately, especially if you have suffered a concussion or an injury to the soft tissue. A delay in seeking medical help can weaken your case. The insurance company may use your delay to argue that your injuries are not serious enough to justify compensation, that your injuries were not a result of the accident, or that you are attempting to secure as much compensation as possible without having a meaningful claim.
If you have health insurance, the hospital or your doctor can bill your insurance company. The company can then seek to recover the cost of your care from the driver who was at fault. Depending on your policy, you may still be liable for copays or deductibles, but those amounts can be included in your suit.
Certain hospitals and doctors will treat people injured in car accidents on a credit basis. It depends on the liability issues involved in your case and the provider’s policies. Furthermore, if your automobile insurance includes personal injury protection or medical payments coverage, you are probably covered. Your policy may have limitations, and your insurance company may be entitled to seek recovery from the other driver’s insurance company.
It is possible, but it is neither likely nor wise. First, your attorney would need to be admitted to practice law in Nevada. Second, a local attorney is much more familiar with the Nevada court system, the judges, and the resources that you or your case may need.
If the owner of the vehicle gave the driver either implied or express permission to use the vehicle, the owner’s liability coverage extends to the driver. Express permission means that the owner gave explicit approval to the driver. Implied permission could be a history of the driver using the vehicle regularly. Furthermore, according to Nevada law, the vehicle’s owner is jointly liable for injuries caused by any member of his immediate family who resides in the home and who drives the vehicle.
The driver’s insurance or the insurance he obtained from the rental agency will include liability coverage. If the rental agency failed to properly maintain the vehicle, rented to a minor, or was otherwise negligent in its duty, the agency may also be included in your lawsuit.
If you are injured in an auto accident, you need to call the police. The police report will be a critical piece of evidence in your case. If you are mobile, you can take pictures of the scene and the damages, exchange information with the other driver, or ask witnesses for their contact information. Do not make any statements about your fault or speculate about what happened. As soon as possible, report the accident to your insurance agent or company.
It is advisable to consult an experienced attorney and follow his recommendations. The defendant’s insurance company will work hard to find evidence to undermine your claim, so the company’s representatives will want to know about your prior injuries or ask you to make a statement, hoping that you will offer something that can be used against you. It is best if you simply refer them to your attorney.
The first offer from the other insurance company is almost certain to be less than you deserve. However, after negotiating with the company, your attorney may recommend that you settle. It depends on your case.
You may be eligible for a variety of economic damages as well as noneconomic damages. In some cases, punitive damages can also be awarded.
- Economic damages are those that can be assigned a fixed monetary value. They include the repair or replacement of your vehicle, your medical expenses that are related to the accident, and your future and past earnings.
- Noneconomic damages are meant to compensate you for damages that cannot be assigned a fixed monetary value. They include your mental anguish if you suffer a mental or physical impairment, your pain and suffering, and your loss of the ability to enjoy life.
- Punitive damages can be assessed to punish someone where that was an intent to inflict harm, the driver was guilty of reckless endangerment, or the driver was driving under the influence or guilty of another type of criminal misconduct. An attorney who has extensive experience in the area of auto accident law can be an extremely valuable member of your team.
There is no simple way to determine whether you have a case unless you consult an experienced attorney. In general, however, your fault should be 51 percent or less. You must also have suffered financial loss or an injury as a direct result of the accident.