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What To Do If Someone Files a Car Accident Claim Against You in Las Vegas

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It can be frustrating to deal with an unjustified car accident claim against you. Unjust claims are filed more often than you might think, but there are countermeasures you can take. Under the right circumstances, you might even turn the tables on the opposing party. Even if the other side’s case is valid, there might be ways to reduce your liability

Preventative Measures: How to Avoid an Unjust Claim in the First Place

Pay attention to the following preventative measures that can head off an unjustified or frivolous car accident claim. They are “preventative” because they occur before a claim, even though they happen after the car accident.

Stay at the Scene of the Accident

Nevada state law requires you to remain at the scene of an accident that involves injury or property damage. Although there are a few exceptions (if it would be dangerous to stay, for example), do your best to remain at the accident scene until the police or the ambulance arrive. 

Photograph Everything

Photograph the following items:

  • Any visible landmarks
  • Damage to all vehicles
  • Debris or vehicle parts on the road
  • Emergency vehicles or personnel
  • IDs and insurance cards of all drivers involved
  • Injuries
  • Police officers and their badge numbers
  • The position of vehicles on the road after the accident
  • Road conditions
  • Skid marks on the road
  • The at-fault party’s driver’s license
  • Traffic signs and signals
  • Weather conditions
  • Witnesses and their contact information
  • Your own vehicle’s odometer reading

Photograph anything else that might serve as valuable evidence under your particular circumstances.

Gather Evidence

In law, nothing is true unless you can prove it, and you cannot prove anything without evidence. Not all evidence is admissible in court, but some evidence that is inadmissible in court is useful in settlement negotiations. 

In addition to the photographic evidence listed above, gather the following to the extent that it is available:

  • Videos, including traffic cameras and dashcam footage
  • Police/accident reports
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Your car’s and the other car’s event data recorder, which records data about the accident
  • Medical records
  • Cell phone records (to prove texting while driving, for example)
  • Vehicle damage reports
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Personal notes (date, time, weather conditions, immediate recollections, etc.)
  • Any correspondence related to the accident

Your car accident lawyer in Las Vegas should be able to think of many more relevant items.

Cooperate With the Police

A police report that favors you can greatly benefit you in settlement negotiations. You generally can’t use a police report in court, but you can call the police officer who writes it as a witness.

Get Contact Details of Any Witnesses

Witnesses can provide you with valuable testimony. Neutral third-party witnesses who are not related to you are the most persuasive.

Seek Immediate Medical Attention

Seek medical treatment as soon as the ambulance arrives if you even suspect that you might be injured. Remember, some injuries don’t produce symptoms right away. If you wait before seeking medical treatment, the other party might claim that your injuries didn’t happen until after the accident.

Hire an Accident Reconstruction Specialist

An accident reconstruction specialist can serve as an expert witness. They will take evidence of your crash to recreate it by explaining what happened first, what happened next, etc. They will create a persuasive account of what caused the accident and whose fault it was. 

Understand Nevada’s Comparative Fault Law

Many car accidents are more than one driver’s fault. The trick is to allocate fault between the drivers. Even if the accident was mostly your fault, Nevada’s comparative negligence law allows you to reduce your liability by pinning at least some of the blame on the other driver. 

If the other driver’s fault was 50% or less, you will be relieved of liability for paying that same percentage of their damages. If they were more than 50% at fault, you owe them nothing, and they might even have to pay you damages. 

Hire a Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney If You’re Unjustly Blamed For a Collision

An experienced Las Vegas car accident lawyer should be able to handle any false claim against you. Schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney as soon as you can.

Contact Our Las Vegas Car Accident Lawyers at De Castroverde Accident & Injury Lawyers For Help Today

If you’ve been injured in Las Vegas, NV, and need legal help contact our Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at De Castroverde Accident & Injury Lawyers to schedule a free case evaluation today.

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We also represent accident victims in Oakland, CA.

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De Castroverde Accident & Injury Lawyers, located in Las Vegas, NV, is a personal injury law firm established over 30 years ago.
We have 100+ years of combined experience securing hundreds of millions for injured people throughout Nevada. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, contact us today to discuss your case.

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