Common Causes of Car Accidents
According to Nevada Office of Traffic Safety, there have been over 200 fatal car crashes throughout Nevada from January to September this year. These car wrecks have claimed the lives of 200 persons and injured thousands to date.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or a combination of both is linked to around 20% of all traffic fatalities in Nevada. (http://www.zerofatalitiesnv.com/dont-drive-impaired-alcohol/) The number of impaired driving crashes may have declined but the severity of the incidents that do and still occur cannot be ignored.
Close to 3,500 distracted driving accidents reportedly occur in Nevada every year (http://www.zerofatalitiesnv.com/focus-on-the-road/). Several sources of distractions while driving are known to cause catastrophic accidents, including:
- Using a mobile gadget or cellphone to call or text
- Attending to a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Eating and drinking
- Adjusting music gadgets or players
- Talking to other vehicle occupants
Running a Red Light
Many Auto accidents as well occur at road intersections where motorists run red lights due to speeding, inattention, distraction, or aggressive driving.
Responsibility for Car Accidents
If you or someone close to you have been in a severe car accident, you may want to know whether you can hold the other driver responsible for the crash and what your legal rights are in that situation.
Depending on the circumstances of the crash, you may have a personal injury claim against the driver who caused your injuries. Talk to an experienced car accident attorney who can evaluate your situation in a free case consultation and who can provide legal advice on your next steps.
How Much Compensation Can You Recover?
The value of compensation that you can recover will depend on the extent of your injuries that you are able to establish as resulting from the negligence or fault of the other party. With the help of your car accident attorney, you may be able to recover past and future medical expenses, wages that you lost as a result of not being able to work after the accident, and even damages for your pain and suffering.
Dealing with the Other Insurance Company
Dealing with the other driver’s insurance company can be tricky. While they may claim to want to help you, remember that it’s best for their business to pay out the least amount they can offer to injured claimants. They are usually armed with printed documents that contain terms favorable to them, and try to talk you into settling your case before you even know the extent of your injuries. It is always a good rule of thumb to seek legal advice first before signing anything presented by the insurance company. The insurance adjuster may also try to convince you that they are offering the maximum value that is due in your case and accepting this amount might seem like the easiest way to settle your growing medical bills.
However, a quick settlement might work to your disadvantage when you find out later the true extent of your injuries and the relevant costs for treatment. Allowing your attorney to deal with the insurance company or the other party can significantly improve your chances of receiving the maximum value of compensation that you legally deserve.
Will Your Case Go to Court?
Not all car accident claims will reach the civil courts for injured parties to recover compensation. An accident attorney who has extensive experience with handling insurance claims may be able to obtain the appropriate settlement without having to litigate your claim in court. But if it becomes necessary to pursue your claim in court, your car accident attorney should also be prepared to aggressively fight for your rights before a jury.
Importance of a Car Accident Attorney
In addition to having an experienced lawyer handle the insurance claims process for you, your attorney also plays an important role in:
- Ordering the police report
- Studying all the evidence
- Preserving your right to receive compensation by filing the claim or lawsuit within the prescribed time limits
- Gathering evidence to establish your claims against the party at fault
- Preparing essential witnesses such as a medical expert and an accident reconstructionist who can testify in your favor
- Trying the case for you in court
Representing Las Vegas Residents
In Las Vegas, Nevada, the law firm of Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith have over thirty-five years of proven car accident experience, helping clients recover over $100 million in settlements and court verdicts. Our highly skilled personal injury attorneys are prepared to help you from the moment you come to us for legal advice. Our firm handles all types of personal injury cases such as pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, and bus accidents. Call us today at (702) 228-2600 to arrange for a free consultation with one of our approachable attorneys.