A report that was released by the Nevada Department of Transportation revealed that a total of 60,664 automobile collisions took place in Nevada in 2016 alone. Although the report is disturbing, fact still remains that car accident in Las Vegas Nevada is on the increase. Although nobody wish to get involved in accident, it is very important to know what to do if you find yourself in this unfortunate experience. In this article we are going tips on what to do if you get in a car accident as well as what the law requires Nevada drivers to do.
1. Stop at the scene
According to Nevada revised statutes, any drive who gets involved in an accident that involves injury, death, or damage to the vehicle or property should stop at the scene. Drivers who fail to adhere to this law risk being arrested and prosecuted in the court of law. You should not leave or drive your car out of the accident scene until the local police arrive. You will be allowed to get your car off the road Only after the police have arrive at the scene and collected information on what caused the accident.
2. Exchange information and render aid
Another very important thing that you need to do when you get involved in an accident is exchange of information with other driver and render aid if necessary. Vital information that needs to be exchanged include address, phone number, car registration, driver licenses as well as insurance information. This is very important because you will be able to know if the driver is the actually the actual owner of the car. If the driver is not the actual owner, make sure you inquire the relationship that the driver has with the actual owner of the car. In addition to that, if the accident has resulted to injuries, you are required to provide necessary aid (if you are not injured). This include calling 911 or conducting first aid to the injured person as he/she awaits medical personnel to arrive at the scene. However, you should not apologize for anything because the other person may think that you are admitting for what happened. In addition to that, it is also not possible to determine who exactly was at fault, immediately after an accident.
3. Call the police
If the accident has result to loss of life, physical injury or property damage, you need to call the police immediately. The police will gather information of what caused the accident and file a comprehensive report. Police report is crucial because it will be used in the court when filing for car accident lawsuit. The police will also help to set things in order if the accident has resulted to abstraction of traffic.
4. Talk to witnesses
Don’t leave the accident scene without talking to 3 or 4 witnesses. Ask them to tell you everything they saw. It is also important to get their names, addresses and phone numbers. Ask locals if they have ever witnessed car accident at the same spot before. The information provided by the whiteness will help you when filing car accident claim.
5. Call your attorney
Car accident can result to emotional trauma. As a result, you may end up saying or admitting things that are not correct. In case of car accident, it is advised that you call your attorney to help you get evidence as well as file police report. Sometime the police can be manipulative and may try to coerce you to file report that is not correct. Your lawyer has your best interest a heart and will ensure all your interests are protected at the scene of the accident.
6. Inform your insurance company
Before you leave the accident scene, you need to call your insurance company and tell them that you have been in an accident. When speaking to your insurer, it is advised that you record the person contact information as well as time and date that you spoke with him or her. Cooperate with them and be very sincere when telling them what really happened as well as the extent of your damage. Insurance companies in Las Vegas are always keen to look for excuses to avoid compensating victims. If they find out that you have been lying to them, they can deny compensating you for the accident
7. File car injury claim
If you are sure that the accident was a result of other person negligence, you need to file a car accident claim as soon as possible. The sooner you file for a claim, the sooner your insurance provider will start working on it. This will ensure that you get compensated within the shortest time possible.