Attorneys Fighting For Car Accident Victims

Car accidents are among the leading causes of injury and death in the United States. Although insurance has a role to play in easing the burdens caused by car crashes, insurance companies sometimes compound the problem by attempting to unreasonably limit or deny coverage.

Even with appropriate insurance payouts, victims may need to pursue additional compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

The attorneys at Dimopoulos Law Firm are dedicated to helping victims seek compensation after a devastating car accident caused by the negligence of another driver. We will help you hold all liable parties accountable, including insurance companies, and push for a resolution that adequately covers your medical bills, property loss and other damages.

What Type Of Car Accident Have You Experienced?

The attorneys at Dimopoulos Law Firm are ready to help you seek the compensation you need and are entitled to. No matter what type of car accident you have been involved in, we are the firm to call.

Keep reading to learn about common car accident scenarios and the injuries they can cause:

  • Intersection crashes: These often stem from one or more drivers running red lights, illegally turning, failing to yield or otherwise disobeying traffic signals. Although many people think of these accidents as "fender benders," they can actually be highly injurious or fatal.
  • Left-turn accidents: Whether at an intersection or on a divided road, these accidents occur when one driver attempts to turn left across oncoming traffic without ensuring that the path is clear. When the oncoming driver is on a motorcycle or in a small vehicle, left-turn accidents can easily result in paralysis or death.
  • Rear-end crashes: These involve a driver crashing into the back of the vehicle ahead of them (often at a stoplight or stop sign or in a parking lot). Rear-end crashes can result in head, neck and spinal cord injuries as well as whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries. These injuries may not be noticed right away, so it is important to be examined by a doctor prior to taking any legal or insurance actions.
  • Head-on collisions: Depending on the speed of both vehicles, head-on collisions can be highly injurious or fatal. Common injuries include broken bones, whiplash, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries and cuts/bruises.
  • Side-impact accidents: More commonly known as T-bone accidents, these involve the front of one car smashing into the side of another vehicle. The person most likely to be hurt or killed in this scenario is the driver or passenger of the car that is struck (depending on which side of the vehicle takes the impact).
  • Back-up and back-over accidents: These are likely to occur in parking lots and when backing out of driveways — particularly when driver visibility is limited. Injuries vary depending on the speed of the moving vehicle and whether it strikes another vehicle or strikes/backs over a pedestrian.
  • No-contact accidents: Someone can be at fault for an accident, even if they never touch your vehicle. Whether someone swerves into your lane (forcing you to swerve) or dashes out in front of your vehicle, emergency maneuvering can force you off the road or cause you to hit something else. Injuries depend on the specifics of the situation, but the other driver could nonetheless be held liable if they are found to be at fault.

Car Accident Injuries

Although the damage to your vehicle can be expensive to fix, the damage to your health is the most concerning aspect of any car accident. In the aftermath of a serious crash, injuries and related health problems can be debilitating, with effects that last for years or a lifetime.

No two car accidents are exactly alike, and the specific injuries you may suffer are also unique. We represent crash victims who suffer a wide variety of injuries, including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries: These usually result from the head hitting the steering wheel, a window or other parts of the vehicle's interior during a crash. The symptoms and long-term effects of a TBI can vary significantly, but these injuries always need to be regarded as serious.
  • Back and spinal cord injuries: The risks associated with spinal cord injuries should not be underestimated. Even if the spinal cord is not broken during a crash (leading to temporary or permanent paralysis), damaging the spinal cord or bones in the spine can lead to reduced mobility, chronic pain, loss of sensation or numbness/tingling.
  • Internal damage: After a crash, not all injuries will be visible. Internal bleeding or damage to organs in your torso (often related to seat belt pressure) can be serious or life-threatening. Again, it is important to be examined by a doctor, even if you initially feel fine.
  • Knee and leg injuries: Ranging from broken bones to dislocated knees to tearing and spraining of soft tissue, these injuries can lead to chronic pain or limited mobility.
  • Whiplash and other neck injuries: A sudden jerking of the head puts considerable strain on the tissues, muscles and tendons in the neck. Although whiplash injuries can resolve quickly on their own, they often lead to chronic pain, reduced mobility of the head/neck and other problems. Sometimes, the symptoms are not immediately felt, so it is important to be examined by a doctor after a car accident.
  • Face, jaw and dental injuries: After a crash, cuts and bruises are often the least of your concerns. Due to the head jostling around forcefully, it is common to experience jaw dislocation, teeth being knocked out and fractures to the bones in the face.

Additional injuries associated with car accidents are amputations, lacerations, fractured or broken bones, burns and crush injuries.

Have You Been Injured On A Freeway Near Las Vegas?

The freeways and highways in and around Las Vegas are heavily traveled and, in many cases, dangerous. In fact, the stretch of Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and Los Angeles is considered one of the deadliest in the country. I-15 is notorious, but I-215 and I-515 are also notably dangerous.

Some of these roads are dangerous due to their design or the surrounding terrain. But in many cases, the most significant dangers come from other drivers. Hazards include:

  • Speeding
  • Distraction and inattention behind the wheel
  • Fatigued or drowsy drivers (especially truck drivers)
  • Drunk or drugged driving
  • Vehicle maintenance issues
  • Aggressive driving

If you have been seriously injured in a freeway accident, call the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Dimopoulos Law Firm. We have the skills and resources to investigate your accident, determine causes and contributing factors, and pursue compensation from all liable parties.

Commercial Vehicle Accidents

The streets of Las Vegas are filled with commercial vehicles that do everything from delivering goods to transporting tourists. Most of the time, these trucks, vans, buses and cars blend in with regular traffic without incident. But when a commercial driver causes an accident, it can be devastating.

There are also numerous layers of liability. Unlike someone driving a personal car for individual transportation, a commercial driver is driving in a professional context. He or she is usually employed by a company responsible for hiring, training and monitoring that worker to ensure safe practices behind the wheel. After an injurious or fatal crash, both the at-fault driver and the company may be held liable.

Dimopoulos Law Firm is ready to help you pursue compensation after being injured by any type of commercial vehicle, including:

  • Delivery trucks and vans
  • Taxicabs
  • 15-passenger vans and similar-sized vehicles
  • Large buses
  • Shuttle buses and vans
  • Semitrucks
  • Garbage and recycling trucks
  • Construction vehicles driven on city streets
  • Municipal vehicles (police, fire, mail, etc.)

Common issues in commercial vehicle crashes include examples of negligence by commercial vehicle drivers, transportation companies or both. Common causes of these accidents include:

  • Inattentive driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Driver error
  • Equipment failure
  • Improper vehicle maintenance
  • Driver fatigue
  • Poor training or inadequate experience
  • Improperly secured cargo or excessive weight

Injured As A Taxi, Uber Or Lyft Passenger? We Can Help.

Taxis have long been a fixture in Las Vegas, and ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft are growing more popular all the time. Although it is great to have transportation options other than renting or owning a car, your safety is at the mercy of your driver.

When accidents occur, these commercial drivers (and the companies they work for) can be held liable. However, while taxis and ride-sharing companies provide the same service, the legal aftermath of an accident can be very different depending on which type of company you are dealing with:

  • Taxi accidents: Because taxi services are regulated and well-established, liability is fairly straightforward. These companies are required to be well-insured. If you can show that the driver or taxi company was at fault for the crash, there should be no surprises or unreasonable obstacles in seeking compensation.
  • Ride-sharing accidents: At first glance, Uber and Lyft may seem like taxis with less expensive fares. Unfortunately, however, the cheaper fares may not be worth the legal uncertainty after an accident. Ride-sharing services rely on nonprofessional drivers and a patchwork of insurance coverage. Insurance coverage can change from minute to minute depending on what conditions are necessary for the driver to be considered "on duty." Drivers may think they are covered only to learn their ride-sharing company has narrowed its coverage to deny its own liability for the crash. This can leave the driver and the victim in a serious mess.

At Dimopoulos Law Firm, we represent victims of nearly any motor vehicle crash scenario, including ride-sharing and taxi accidents. We know the laws and we know how commercial drivers and carriers try to exploit loopholes to limit their own liability for crashes.

We will fight for you and work tirelessly to get you the compensation you are legally entitled to.

What You Should Do After A Car Accident

The first thing you should do after an accident is take a deep breath and try to remain calm so you can properly assess the situation and make good decisions about what to do next. Next, consider the following:

First Steps: Assess The Scene And All Potential Victims

No matter how the accident happened, you should:

  • Check to make sure that all drivers and passengers are not still in danger of being struck or injured. Move to the side of the road if you are not already out of harm's way.
  • Ask each person involved if they are seriously injured. If someone says "yes" or is unable to answer, call 911 immediately.
  • If there are minor injuries (or no apparent injuries), it is still a good idea to call for help, either in the form of a police car, an ambulance or both.

Next Steps: Survey The Scene, Collect And Preserve Evidence

Once everyone is out of immediate danger, it's time to take a closer look at what happened:

  • Visually assess the amount of damage to all vehicles involved, and take pictures if you can.
  • Write down license plate numbers and exchange insurance information with other drivers.
  • Call police to the scene, have them file a report and provide them with your license and insurance information.
  • Give factual answers when asked, but avoid giving a detailed statement until you've had time to think it over and consult with an attorney.

Here are things to avoid:

  • Do not admit fault for the crash.
  • Do not say things like "I'm OK" or "I'm not hurt." You may not know the extent of your injuries until examined by a doctor.
  • Do not make any statements about fault, liability or blame — especially statements that could limit your ability to pursue legal action later.
  • Do not give more information to insurance companies than what is immediately necessary.
  • Be wary of signing any documents, and do not sign anything without reading it carefully.

After Being Allowed To Leave The Scene

  • Seek medical attention if you feel (or even suspect) that you need to be examined for injuries.
  • Pay attention to signs of injury or pain over the next few days.
  • Write down everything you can remember about the accident. You may need it later.

Once these immediate issues are resolved, it's important to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney who can counsel you on your rights and make sure your interests are being served by the insurance company. Speaking of the insurance company, your lawyer can deal with it so you don't have to. Your focus should be healing from your injuries and taking care of your loved ones, not fighting with the insurance company and sifting through medical documents.

Your lawyer can make sure you don't bear the burden of a crash you're not responsible for and ensure that you get the full compensation you deserve for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings, and other damages.

Contact Us For A Free Discussion About Your Case

With an office in Las Vegas, Dimopoulos Law Firm serves clients throughout the area. To discuss your legal needs for free with a skilled personal injury lawyer, call us at 702-800-6000 or send us an email.