If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident in or near Las Vegas, you likely have many questions about what comes next. How will you pay your bills? Who is responsible? What are your rights and responsibilities? Continue reading for the information you need to make sense of your situation and get the compensation you deserve after a car accident.
What To Do After An Accident
First things first: Nobody is perfect and the aftermath of a car accident can be messy. It’s understandable that some of these steps may not be followed perfectly, but the following is how things would ideally happen after an accident.
Step 1: Check to make sure everyone is OK. If you can safely do so, move to the side of the road. Call 911 immediately if anyone says they are injured or are not responding to your questions. If injuries are minor, it’s still a good idea to call the police, an ambulance or both.
Step 2: Try to figure out what happened. Take pictures of the scene, write down license plate numbers and exchange insurance information with other drivers. If the police haven’t yet arrived, call them so you can file a police report.
Step 3: Seek medical attention even if you don’t feel like you’re hurt. It can take a while for the adrenaline to wear off and make your injuries apparent. Write down everything you can remember about the accident and keep the info in a safe place.
DON’T: Admit fault, tell everyone “I’m OK” or “I’m not hurt,” talk about liability or fault with others at the scene, sign any documents or give the insurance company unnecessary information.
DO: Contact an attorney to look out for you and guide you through the claims process.
Were You Injured By A Negligent Driver?
A driver is considered to be at fault if they engaged in negligence that resulted in the accident. Examples of negligence include:
- Distracted driving, including texting while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Aggressive driving
- Failing to obey traffic signals
- Inattentive driving
- Drowsy driving
- Failure to properly maintain a vehicle
Learn more about negligent drivers, including what happens if you share some fault for the crash.
Need Help Recovering After A Motor Vehicle Accident?
Your physical recovery is job No. 1 after a car accident. This is where following the advice of your doctor is crucial. Unfortunately, your family doctor isn’t much help when it comes to navigating the red tape of the insurance company or moving your claim for financial compensation through the legal system; that’s where having a good personal injury lawyer comes in handy.
We will take the time to determine the true cost of your injuries – now and in the future – and fight for the full compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, home care, home renovations, lost earnings, and other damages from your accident.
The First Settlement May Not Be The Best Offer
When you receive a settlement offer, you need to answer a couple of questions: Is the settlement offer from the insurance company enough to make you whole again after your accident? Will it cover future needs you have as a result of your car accident injuries?
Before you sign a release and take their check, it’s crucial to make sure you have the settlement offer reviewed by a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. Learn more.
Do You Need A Lawyer?
Yes. You’re not required to have a lawyer, but it makes sense to have a lawyer looking out for your interests. The insurance company is looking out for its bottom line and will not go out of its way to help you get the full compensation you need. A lawyer will look out for you and only you and not collect any fees unless you recover compensation for your medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. You have a lot to gain and nothing to lose by getting in touch with an experienced personal injury attorney after a car accident.
More answers to frequently asked questions about car accidents.
Contact Us For A Free Discussion About Your Case
You need help after a car accident. Unfortunately, the insurance company has its own agenda: denying you the compensation you need so it can turn a profit. When you hire Dimopoulos Law Firm, you will have legal advocates acting only in your best interests. Call us at 702-476-0005 or email us to arrange a free initial consultation with a proven Las Vegas personal injury attorney.