Car accidents are a common occurrence in the state of Nevada. Knowing these 5 simple and proper steps may save you time and money in the long run. Here are a few things you should know and do if you or a loved one is involved in a car accident:
1. The first thing you should do is see if anyone is injured. If so, call medical help immediately.
2. If you or someone in your vehicle is injured in the automobile accident it is important to preserve evidence while at the scene. If you are the one to make that 911 call, remember that 911 call is going to be recorded. It will be archived at Metro and it will be accessible to both parties later on if you or the other party seeks legal counsel. If you get into an accident and you’re not at fault ensure you take steps to preserve your case. Most people in these types of circumstances don’t understand that they need to think and act quickly. Remember you have just been in an accident so you are not thinking or acting like your normal self.
3. If you are able take pictures of the property damage do so. Take as many pictures as possible from all different angles and direction. There can never be too many picture. If you are injured and unable to take pictures try and enlist the help of someone around you to help.
4. Try to get statements from any witnesses that are around, or try to obtain their contact information. This is vital since Metro is not responding to non-injury accidents. Some jurisdictions are still responding to non -injury accidents, that is why it is very important to still call and find out. One of the most helpful things in an auto accident case is the traffic accident report. In the long run it really can of hurt the case a little bit when they don’t report.
5. Don’t rely on your accident only being fact-dependent. For example: If you were to get rear-ended, in your mind there is not an issue as to how the accident happened. You’re going to be able to look at the cars see that someone hit you from behind exchange information and you hope that everyone is honest and the person who ran into you from behind will take the blame. What if they are not honest and you have no police report, no pictures and no eyewitness testimony? In the end hopefully the adjustor at the insurance company will be smart and see that you were not at fault but why open yourself up to that type of scrutiny and wasted time and effort when it is not necessary? No matter what type of accident it is, whether a rear-enders, improper lane changes, T-boning, DUI, and not yielding to the right of way it is important to follow these 5 steps to protect yourself and your rights. Don’t assume that everyone is as honest as you, you are the only one that will protect and look out for your best interest while at the scene of an accident.
Lagomarsino Law offers a knowledgeable staff that can assist you or someone you know that has been in an accident due to no fault of their own.
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