Motor Vehicle Accident FAQs
Anyone who gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle puts themselves at risk of being involved in car accidents. As the leading cause of personal injury and death in America, a large percentage of motor vehicle accidents will inevitably result in some type of personal injury. Injured victims should know that they have rights when it comes to holding other drivers liable for causing an accident and that they can pursue legal action to obtain compensation.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, you do not have to endure this difficult legal process alone. Shook & Stone has 85 years of combined legal experience in car accident cases and personal injury claims and we are prepared to provide you with all the information and legal assistance you need to be fully and fairly compensated.
It must be mentioned that much of the information circulating about car accidents and personal injury claims is flat out wrong. Moreover, these situations will always vary on a case-by case-basis. In an effort to ensure that the injured residents of Reno and Carson City have a clear and factual understanding of motor vehicle accidents, our knowledgeable attorneys have compiled answers to some of the most frequently asked questions to help you get started. We also provide free case evaluations in which you can learn how these facts will apply to your specific circumstances.
Car Accidents and Personal Injury Claims
I've been injured in a car accident; what should I do?
While we understand that you may be reading this page after your accident has already occurred, we would still like to clarify a few important actions you should take at the scene of your accident. First, you should always seek medical attention for your injuries, whether at the scene or at a later time. You should also contact emergency services or law enforcement agencies to ensure that the facts of your accident are documented. Gathering information from the other drivers and witnesses involved in your accident is also essential. This includes contact information, license numbers, insurance information, and other relevant documentation.
Once you have had time to recover from the initial shock of your motor vehicle accident, you should inform your insurance company of what occurred. It is also important to keep in mind that you do not have to sign or say anything if you are not comfortable or do not understand. Contacting an experienced personal injury attorney from our firm during this period after your accident can also ensure that you take the correct steps toward obtaining the compensation you deserve.
What is a personal injury claim?
Similar to an insurance claim for damaged property, you can pursue legal action that can allow you to recover monetary compensation for the physical injuries you sustained in an accident that was not your fault. Successful personal injury claims are hinged on proving another driver's fault and on presenting documentation of the damages you suffered.
What is liability?
Liability is essentially the responsibility of an at-fault driver to compensate victims for the damages they incurred. Perhaps the most important part of a personal injury claim, liability is assessed by insurance claim adjusters. Nevada uses a proportional comparative fault percentage to determine the extent of negligence and fault involved in an accident. For example, Driver A can be considered 80% at fault for causing a motor vehicle accident while Driver B is 20% at fault.
Liability is open to legal dispute. Depending on the situation, insurance companies may attempt to split, shift, or nullify fault in order to pay victims less. As liability will ultimately dictate how your compensation will be awarded, having qualified legal counsel is essential to ensuring that you are not unfairly compensated.
What are damages?
As far as personal injury is concerned, damages are the repercussions a victim suffers as a result of their injuries. When a court awards compensation for damages, they will do so in three categories: economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages. Economic damages include medical expenses for procedures, treatment and care, as well as any lost wages and future earnings you may experience as a result of your inability to work. Non-economic damages are the emotional consequences caused by your injuries. Pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment or quality of life are a few examples. Punitive damages are awarded in certain cases to penalize negligent drivers for extreme or illegal acts, such as drunk driving or texting while driving.
How can an attorney help?
An experienced attorney familiar with personal injury law and car accidents can make a large difference in your case. By handling the necessary legal procedures swiftly and accurately and by tackling any disputes or allegations that may arise, our firm can greatly reduce your risk of being under-compensated. In addition, our lawyers have the legal knowledge, resources, and unyielding work ethic needed to combat insurance companies that do everything in their power to pay as little as possible. As Shook & Stone has successfully secured more than $100 million in compensation in both settlements and verdicts, you can rest assured that our firm has the skills to win both in and out of court.
More questions? Contact Shook & Stone
Our firm understands that the experience of being injured in a car accident is far from desirable. When legal matters become involved, you may feel incredibly overwhelmed and frustrated. By allowing an experienced attorney from our firm to handle your case, you can better focus on recovering from your injuries while we work tirelessly to obtain the maximum compensation possible for you. If you have any more questions about motor vehicle accidents and personal injury claims, or if you wish to discuss the particularities of your case, contact Shook & Stone.