After falling victim to a car accident, you may find yourself wondering difficult questions, like: “do I have a personal injury case?,” “What do I do now?” It is likely that you have experienced increased debt, and medical expenses that you simply cannot afford as a result. You undoubtedly need legal advice that you can count on, the injury attorneys at Craig P. Kenny & Associates are available to help you from start to finish following an accident. We have the resources and expertise to answer all of your motor vehicle accident questions, and we will handle your car accident case as quickly and efficiently as possible.
The best Las Vegas car accident lawyers
One of the most critical things you must remember following an automobile accident in Las Vegas is to speak with a lawyer as quickly as possible. As you know, the other driver’s insurance company will use every resource they have to try to deny your insurance claim. Therefore, in order to adequately protect your rights, you will need to seek legal advice BEFORE speaking with the insurance company and/or provide a statement of the accident.
Insurance companies are very aggressive when it comes to contacting victims after an accident. This is typically because they believe that this allows them to settle an accident claim quickly, regardless of whether it is beneficial to the victim. They will try to push you to settle as quickly as possible, usually before you have had time to evaluate the total amount of financial losses derived from the accident. This is why it is imperative that you speak with an accident attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, please contact the law office of Craig P. Kenny & Associates for a free consultation immediately to make sure you are protected.
You need an experienced Las Vegas auto accident attorney that you can trust
You need a Las Vegas car accident attorney who will fight against the stubborn insurance companies for you. You need a car accident attorney who will hold your hand and guide you through the process as gently as possible; who will stand up against and fight for you on your behalf; who is more concerned with seeing you recover, both emotionally and financially, than they are closing the case quickly to collect a settlement. That is not how we operate at Craig P. Kenny & Associates. Our attorneys will use our expertise and utilize every resource we have to help maximize the compensation you receive for your injuries.
To successfully recover compensation for your injuries, we must prove negligence. This means that we must prove that the other driver was responsible in an automobile accident, usually by means of distracted driving.
This takes an investment of time, experience, and knowledge – advantages that Craig P. Kenny & Associates can offer. We do this by hiring experts, collecting all evidence applicable to your case, investigating the scene of the accident, police report and so on.
Our dedicated car accident attorneys investigate every possible contributing cause of your car accident. We want to ensure that you will receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Causes of Las Vegas Car Accidents
While every auto accident is unique in what caused the event, there are several common causes.
- Distracted Driving. Distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of car accidents. Typically, the driver has become distracted by their smart phones; however, distractions can also occur when the driver is focused on the radio, navigation, eating/drinking, searching for something in their vehicle, is engaged in deep conversation, or is observing something on the side of the road, such as an auto accident or billboard.
- Hazardous Road Conditions. In Las Vegas, construction has become but a staple in almost every car ride. With construction comes chaos as lanes merge and traffic increases. Additionally, road conditions can change quickly with wind and rain which can cause roadway hazards and dangerous driving conditions.
- Driving Under The Influence/Driving While Intoxicated. Those who are operating a vehicle under the influence are a hazard to their surrounding drivers/pedestrians. As response time slows drastically, judgment and vision is impaired, driving while under the influence is arguably the most devastating cause of car accidents in Las Vegas.
- Reckless Driving. From speeding to weaving in and out of traffic, running red lights and not following the rules of the road, reckless driving is another leading cause of auto accidents.
- Manufacture Defect. These type of accidents occur when the manufacturer sells a defective product, such as faulty brakes, engine failure, power-steering issues and so on.
That said, there are various reasons why an accident can occur on the Las Vegas roadways, so it is best practice to always exercise defensive driving while operating a vehicle!
What To Do If You Are In A Car Accident
As a responsible driver, you should always be prepared in the event you fall victim to an auto accident. The policing agencies in Las Vegas, NV only respond to an auto accident if injuries are reported at the scene. Therefore, if you are involved in an non-emergency accident, you should have the following items in your vehicle at all times:
- Pen and paper
- Disposable camera or mobile phone with camera capabilitie
- Proof of registration and insurance
- Roadside assistance/tow truck company information
- Bonus: A copy of the Las Vegas accident protocol
In a non-emergency auto accident, if you are able to do so, you should safely move your vehicle out of harms way. Before moving the vehicle, however, you should use your camera to document the entire scene of the accident. Once your vehicle as been moved, you should begin to exchange information with the other driver(s). If your vehicle cannot be moved and it is posing a threat to oncoming traffic, you should notify the police department immediately. The Las Vegas police department should also be called if you find that:
- Another driver involved in the crash is, or appears to be, intoxicated.
- Another driver involved in the crash cannot, or will not, provide registration and/or insurance information.
- Another driver involved in the crash is uncooperative.
Collecting information from other drivers in a car accident:
- Name(s) address(es) and phone number(s)
- Name and contact information of all passengers and witnesses
- Driver’s license information
- Proof of insurance
- Vehicle information, including year, make model, license plate number and VIN number.
Once you have documented the scene and obtained all information, you should fill out an SR-1 form to submit to your insurance company.
What To Do If You Are Injured In A Car Accident? (Hint: Hire A Car Accident Attorney)
If you have been injured in a car accident in Las Vegas, you need not worry about collecting all of the above information, as the police will report to the scene and collect it on your behalf. If you are injured, you must:
- Call 911, report the accident and request immediate medical assistance.
- Seek medical attention immediately. Do not delay, even if the injuries seem minor they could develop into serious injuries once the initial shock wears off.
- Provide information required by police; however, do NOT admit to being at fault for the crash. Even if you are partially to blame, let the accident re-constructionists develop an opinion of fault.
- Contact a personal injury attorney IMMEDIATELY, before speaking with the insurance company.
It is imperative that you consult with a car accident lawyer before speaking with the insurance companies. It is not at all uncommon for the insurance company to contact you within 24-hours following the accident to collect a statement. To protect your rights and ensure you are properly compensated for your injuries, contact Craig P. Kenny & Associates for a free consultation before providing any type of statement to the insurance company!
Establishing Fault After a Car Accident
Nevada is an at-fault state when it comes to car accidents. What that means is that the governing rules of negligence apply and the person determined at fault for the crash holds responsibility, and their insurance company should pay for any losses and other damages.
When trying to prove fault in a car accident, investigators will take a close look of each party to determine negligence. To prove fault, we must examine all evidence presented to prove that the other party was not exercising due-care as they should have and that their negligence was a direct cause of the accident.
Automobile Defect Injury
Each year in the United States, approximately 6 million car accidents. That said, around 2 million people sustain injury and another 40,000 people die as a result. While many of these accidents are caused by distracted/reckless driving, there is a lesser-talked about culprit that lies as an underlying cause: auto defects. Auto defects are flaws, or failures, caused by the manufacturers of cars that can undoubtedly cause serious accidents.
If you or a loved one has died as the result of an automobile defect, the Las Vegas personal injury attorneys of Craig P. Kenny & Associates can help you get the compensation you are entitled to. Contact us today at (702) 380-2800.
Common Auto Defects
While defects are specific to particular makes and models of cars, there are certain defects that are particularly common. Some of these include:
Rollover risks. Certain vehicles – specifically tall, narrow cars and trucks – are more likely to flip over in accidents, putting occupants at much greater risks.
Fuel tank fires and explosion. If put under stress, especially in accidents, improperly protected fuel tanks are more likely to catch fire or explode.
Seat belt errors. Seat belts can fail in a wide number of ways, including spooling problems, failure to tighten, and ejecting from the latch. Injury and death is much more likely when the seat belt fails to protect you.
Airbag errors. Airbags occasionally eject when they are not needed, or fail to fire when they are.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by an auto defect, the manufacturer of the vehicle may be at fault. It may be beneficial to discuss your case with an experienced car accident attorney immediately.
Nevada’s Comparative Fault Standard
In all Las Vegas car accidents, when the accident involves two or more parties, the law apportions fault to each party involved. What that means is that the courts will allocate negligence to each party involved, and each party is held responsible for a certain percentage.
NRS 41.1 states that, if you are 50 percent or more responsible for the crash, you are not entitled to recover for any of your damages. If you are less than 50 percent responsible, then your compensation is reduced in accordance with your percentage of responsibility.
Recoverable Damages After A Car Accident
One of the most common mistakes you can make in a Las Vegas auto accident claim is not requesting all available, applicable damages. There are a variety of recoverable damages available to you upon falling victim to an accident injury, which fall under two categories: economic and non-economic.
Economic damages are those which can objectively be classified as monetary damages and out-of-pocket expenses, including:
- Medical bills, present and future
- Lost wages; present and future
- Property damage and auto repair bills
- Lost earning ability
Non-economic damages are those which are intangible and non-monetary losses, including:
- Pain and suffering; emotional distress
- Permanent physical disfigurement, including scarring, lost limb, or physical dysfunction
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of quality of life
It takes a highly skilled car accident attorney to figure the value placed on these damages, and this is not something you should entrust in the wrong hands. If you or a loved one is in question regarding recoverable damages following a car accident please contact the best car accident attorney in Las Vegas, Craig P. Kenny & Associates immediately! (702) 380-2800
Contact the auto accident attorneys at Craig P. Kenny & Associates!
At Craig P. Kenny & Associates, our goal is to provide exceptional legal services to our clients. That is why our team of Las Vegas car accident lawyers will take over the investigation of your case so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation regarding your accident case as well as Property Damage Info.
If you have been injured in a car accident, call (702) 380-2800 today to speak with a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer regarding your case.