A serious motor vehicle accident can turn your world upside down in an instant. An injury from a car accident can put you or a loved one in the hospital and out of work while medical bills and expenses pile up. There are steps that can be taken to protect your rights after an accident. If you were not at fault then you should not have to endure the costs alone.
It is very important to contact a car accident attorney if you or a loved one have suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident, regardless of whether it was as a driver, passenger or pedestrian. Timeliness can make all of the difference in whether or not you receive the compensation that you deserve. Millions of people experience a serious injury following a car accident each year. Any motor vehicle accident, no matter how minor the collision, can be an extremely traumatizing experience for everyone involved.
The Pacific West Injury Law Difference
Experience matters. Kristopher Helmick, Esq., the owner and founder of Pacific West Injury Law, has helped nearly one thousand injured individuals recover compensation for their injuries while working at Nevada’s largest personal injury firm. When a case requires litigation, our firm is no stranger to the courthouse.
If you believe that you or a loved one might have suffered an injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident, it is important to reach out to one of our legal professionals to learn about your options. The Pacific West Injury Law Firm can provide the legal help that you need.
The firm can be reached at 702-602-HURT or you can fill out a free online case evaluation form. The initial consultation is always free! We don’t collect legal fees unless we are successful in getting you compensation.
Keep in mind that timing is everything. The statutes of limitation in Nevada can affect how long you have to file a claim.
What Causes Car Accidents?
While car accidents can have many causes, the law considers that most accidents are caused in one of three ways: driver negligence, reckless/intentional misconduct, or defective equipment.
Driver Negligence is usually the number one cause of motor vehicle accident injuries. Negligence means that the driver that caused the accident did not exercise reasonable care under the circumstances.
Examples of driver negligence include: distracted driving (texting or on a cell phone), ignoring traffic signals, not considering conditions like rain or snow into account or driving too fast for the road and/or weather conditions.
Reckless/Intentional Misconduct is when an individual acted even though they knew that doing so could cause harm and did not care, or desired to harm others. For example, a person driving at a high rate of speed or cutting in and out of traffic is intentionally putting himself and others at risk. The individual knows that driving at a high rate of speed is not only against the law but could cause an accident, thus defining reckless or intentional misconduct.
Defective Product Liability is when the manufacturer of a specific product can be held liable for damages caused by its products, assuming the products are proven to be defective. An example of defective product liability is the Firestone tire lawsuit. In this particular case, the defects to the tires were proven to have caused accidents that were beyond the drivers’ control. While the defects were not intentional, the manufacturer was held liable.
Regardless of which type of negligence an accident falls under, it has the ability to produce all types of very severe injuries to its victims. Motor vehicle injuries can include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, neck and back injuries, concussions, burns, internal organ damage and even death. Anyone who has suffered an injury as a result of a car accident should seek compensation from those who are at fault.
The compensation that you could potentially receive does not come out of their pocket. It comes from an insurance settlement.
Understanding Your Legal Rights
The minutes after a motor vehicle accident can be a very terrifying time in a person’s life. If you believe that anyone involved in the accident is suffering from an injury, immediately call 911 and tell them that you need medical assistance. After you have made sure that everyone involved is safe and has sought medical attention, it is very important to gather specific information if you are able.
One of the first things that many people wonder after they have suffered an injury following a car accident is whether or not they have a valid claim for an injury lawsuit. While it is not possible to say whether or not an individual has a case without knowing all of the details, if you were injured as a result of another individual’s negligence then you may have a valid legal claim. It is best to consult an attorney in order to properly make this determination.
It is important to note that injured parties have legal claims in various situations, even when the claim might not necessarily be immediately evident and/or there is some uncertainty as to who actually caused the accident. This is why it is very important to consult a car accident attorney to review the facts of your particular situation.
It is in your best interest to have as little contact as possible with insurance representative or any other parties prior to speaking with an auto accident/personal injury attorney. Insurance adjusters are trained to assist in lowering the amount that the company will have to pay to settle the claim. Most people are not thinking clearly following a car accident and may say things that can be used against them later. It is important that you NEVER make statements about who you think is at fault for the accident or even what you think may have happened during the accident. These are questions that your attorney will help you answer truthfully and appropriately.
It is also very important that you insist on a police report being taken at the scene. When stories conflict, it is imperative that you have a police report that reflects the events as they occurred at the time of the crash. Every situation is fact-specific and you should always consult a car accident/personal injury attorney to review the facts of your particular accident. The lawyers at Pacific West Injury Law Firm always offer a free consultation. There is absolutely nothing to lose by explaining how you were and learning how Nevada law applies in your situation.
Insurance companies and their lawyers often calculate the value of your claim based on how aggressively that they believe that you will fight to receive full compensation for your injuries. By retaining a personal injury attorney, you are ensuring that you will not be taken advantage of by the negligent party. Pacific West Injury Law has vast experience in handling car accident and personal injury cases. The team at Pacific West will stand up to the insurance companies at all costs. If the other side is not cooperating and your case goes to court, we are prepared to show cause to ensure full and fair recovery and compensation.
What is My Case Worth?
It is fairly impossible to make any generalizations about the value of any accident without knowing all of the details of the injury and how the accident took place. Nevada law allows recovery for a rather wide range of situations that may or may not be immediately apparent to the injured party. This includes past and future medical and rehabilitation costs, therapy, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. The team at Pacific West Injury Law will fight to obtain money for you to compensate for all past and future damages.
Finding the Right Car Accident Attorney
Experience matters. Kristopher Helmick, Esq. the owner and founder of Pacific West Injury Law, has helped nearly one thousand injured individuals recover compensation for their injuries while working at Nevada’s largest personal injury firm. When a case requires litigation, our firm is no stranger to the courthouse.
If you believe that you or a loved one might have suffered an injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident, it is important to reach out to one of our legal professionals to learn about your options. The Pacific West Injury Law Firm can provide the legal help that you need. The firm can be reached at 702-602-HURT or you can fill out a free online case evaluation form. The initial consultation is always free! We don’t collect legal fees unless we are successful in getting you compensation. If you or someone you love has been involved in a motor vehicle accident with a negligent driver, call Pacific West Injury Law, Las Vegas’ automobile accident attorney today!