What to Do After a Car Accident
Straight answers from a straight-talking law firm.
The Las Vegas car accident lawyers with Paul Padda Law know how confusing car accidents can be in Nevada. Whether it’s a rear-end car accident on The Strip or a distracted driving accident on East Flamingo Road, you need to make sure you have a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer you can trust on your side, fighting for your rights. If your car accident happened in Vegas, call Paul S. Padda.
Common Car Accident Questions
We realize that many people have many questions about car accidents in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada. We understand your concerns. That’s why we have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about car accidents. We know you want honest answers and straightforward advice. You can trust us. We’re former federal prosecutors. We’re here to do the right thing for hard-working people just like you.
“Should I move my car after an auto accident in Las Vegas?”
No. Leave your car exactly where it is – unless doing so would put you or other people on the road at risk. Ask the other driver to do the same. If the other driver caused your car accident, keep the accident scene intact. By doing so, you can preserve the accident scene. If you move your vehicle, the insurance company for the at-fault driver might try to argue that no one really knows what happened in the accident. The police officer who responds might not be able to determine who was at fault.
“Should I call the police after a Las Vegas car accident?”
Yes. Police officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department have years of experience handling all types of car accidents. A police officer also can create a report for your accident – something that could be very important when trying to show who was at fault and obtain compensation from an insurance company for your car accident. Leave your accident to the experts. Call the police.
“What should I do after I call the police about my auto accident?”
Start gathering evidence. Don’t simply rely on the police to do so. This includes looking for any witnesses to your accident. If someone saw what happened, get the witness’ full name, address and phone number. Witnesses help build stronger cases. Also, take photographs of your accident. Write down as much information as you can about your accident, including time of day, weather conditions, conditions of street lights, traffic lights and if there are skid marks on the road. The more information you have, the better. Information is power.
“Am I allowed to see a copy of the police report for my Las Vegas auto accident?”
Yes. Get a printed copy of your accident report. Before the Las Vegas police officer leaves the scene of your accident, get the officer’s name and badge number. Ask the officer how you can obtain a copy of the report. Then make sure everything in the report corresponds with your facts. And make sure your facts make it into the report.
“Should I take photographs of my car accident?”
Yes. Don’t simply rely on the police to collect information about your car accident. Take photos of everything at the scene of the accident. Take pictures of the accident itself. Take photos of any injuries, your car, the other car, traffic lights or street signs around you. Every detail matters. The more photos you have, the stronger your case.
“Should I see a doctor after my Nevada auto accident?”
Yes. Don’t simply assume you’re all right. Have a doctor, an emergency medical technician (EMT) or chiropractor examine you. Even if you feel fine, let a doctor decide. What might seem like something minor could be a serious car accident injury. See a doctor as soon as possible after your car accident. And if you have a catastrophic injury, make sure you receive treatment immediately and your injuries are documented. Insurance companies often demand evidence of an injury before compensating injury victims. Document your injury. Call a doctor.
“Should I accept an offer from an insurance company for my Nevada car accident?”
Insurance companies often make offers to injury victims soon after an auto accident. They do this because they know many injury victims want to resolve their case as soon as possible. The problem is most insurance companies offer injury victims far less than the true cost of an accident. As a result, injury victims lose out on money they need for medical bills, lost wages and other major expenses.
“Can I negotiate with an insurance company after my Las Vegas auto accident?”
Yes. Just because an insurance company makes a low-ball offer after a car accident doesn’t mean you have to accept it. An experienced Las Vegas car accident lawyer can negotiate with insurance companies and demand more money for you. We have been doing this for years and we would be proud to help you obtain a fair offer or settlement from an insurance company. Your health and financial future could depend on it.
“Can a lawyer help me file an auto accident lawsuit in Nevada?”
Yes. If we believe that’s the best way to obtain the money you deserve for your car accident, we will tell you so and work with you to file a lawsuit in the appropriate court in Nevada. We thoroughly understand Nevada’s legal system. We’re former federal prosecutors. We also respect our clients’ independence. We will only file a lawsuit on your behalf after we carefully talk with you about all your legal options. You’re in charge. You decide what to do. We’re simply here to advise you so you can make informed decisions.
“Should I call a lawyer after my car accident in Nevada?”
Yes. Even if your car accident seems straightforward, many auto accidents in Las Vegas can quickly become very complicated. The best lawyers in Las Vegas have years of experience handling complicated car accidents. They know how to get injury victims the compensation they rightfully deserve and deal directly with insurance companies. Remember: Insurance companies often only care about one thing: paying accident victims as little as possible. That’s not right. That’s why you need an experienced car accident lawyer in Las Vegas to fight for your rights and demand justice.