Hit and Run Accident Claims in Las Vegas, Nevada
What is a Hit and Run Accident?
In the state of Nevada if a driver is involved in a car accident, truck accident or motorcycle accident it is required by law that all parties must stop, exchange insurance information and provided aid when necessary. If the person fails to stop after the collision, it is called a "“hit and run" accident. Failing to stop and leaving the scene of an accident is a crime in Nevada.
Why Some Drivers Leave the Scene of an Accident?
There are many reasons why drivers flee the scene of an accident.
Maybe they don’t have insurance for their vehicle or are afraid that their insurance payments will go up after the collision accident. Or maybe they were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and the hope that by fleeing the scene of an accident nobody will find out.
Hit and Run Accidents with No Witnesses
The big challenge of hit and run cases is that these accidents often happen during the night and no witnesses are present. Even if the police investigators connected the driver of a particular vehicle to the victim by DMV records, DNA analysis, hair and fiber comparisons, fingerprints or voice identification, the prosecutor still has to prove that the driver was in the car or truck during the accident and fled the scene.
What to Do After the Hit and Run Accident
First, you should call the police and document the accident. Ask witnesses to stay and get their information. Sometimes, a witness will get the at-fault driver’s license plate number which could be handed to the policy and claim still can be filed under the at-fault driver insurance – if the driver had the insurance.
Second, document your injuries, your visits to emergency room and all follow-up visits to the medical specialists.
Third, your vehicle probably is in need of repair or you need to buy a new car. Save all the receipts for your vehicle.
When the at-fault driver provides his insurance information, you can later submit the claim to their insurance company.
When At-Fault Driver Information is Not Available
The question becomes – what to do if the at-fault driver left the scene of an accident without providing you with insurance information? A good example would be a parking lot accident.
There are still some options available for you.
No Fault Insurance Claim
In Nevada, the hit and run accident victims with Uninsured Motorist Coverage can file a claim against their own insurance. The Uninsured Motorist Coverage (UM), also known as Underinsured Motorist Bodily Injury (UMBI), will cover medical expenses, lost wages and compensate for pain and sufferings for you and your passengers up to the policy limit. The Underinsured Motorist insurance (UIM) and Uninsured Motorist Property Damage insurance (UMPD) are usually included in your Uninsured Motorist Coverage (UM).
Accident Claims When the Company Vehicle is Involved
You can file an accident claim against the employer or the owner of a vehicle as well. If the hit and run driver was driving a company vehicle at the time of the accident or was on a work assignment, an accident victim can seek compensation for injuries by filing a lawsuit against the employer or owner of the vehicle.
Civil Lawsuit Against the Driver
The victim or the family members of those killed in a hit and run accident, you may bring civil charges against the driver - if the person can be located by the police.
How the Hit and Run Attorney Can Help
Insurance companies are known for denying coverage, which is why it is crucial to work with an experienced personal injury attorney whether you are filing a claim against an at-fault driver’s insurance or you fill out the uninsured motorist claim paperwork.
You may be eligible to get compensated for the injuries, pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages plus get reimbursed for your car repairs or replacement.
Contact the office of Heshmati & Associates at 702-432-1000 to find more. The attorneys at Heshmati & Associates know how to handle hit and run personal injury claims.
Contingency Basis Insurance Claims
Like all personal injury cases, the attorneys at Heshmati & Associates take all hit-and-run claims on a contingency basis, which means – you don’t have to pay unless the case is settled and insurance company pays the claim.
The Heshmati & Associates Law Offices represent clients in Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin and the surrounding areas of Nevada.