What Should You Do After a Hit-and-Run Accident in Las Vegas? - Morris Injury Law Skip to main content

In the buzzing city of Las Vegas, where the roads are as lively as its casinos, a car accident can swiftly turn a regular day into a nightmare, particularly when the other party decides to flee the scene. Known as hit-and-run accidents, these incidents not only add a layer of complexity to an already distressing situation but also pose a serious challenge to the pursuit of justice and compensation. Understanding the steps to take in the aftermath is crucial for safeguarding your rights and well-being.

What is a Hit and Run?

Under Chapter 484E of the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS), any individual involved in a car accident is legally required to stop, render any necessary aid, and exchange information with the other parties involved. This duty is pivotal to ensure prompt medical assistance to those injured and facilitates the subsequent legal and insurance processes.

The law is stringent for those who shirk these responsibilities, with penalties escalating based on the severity of the accident — from fines to imprisonment. These measures aim to deter drivers from leaving the scene and to ensure accountability.

A hit-and-run that results solely in property damage is not taken lightly under Nevada law. Drivers are obligated to provide their contact information when the property owner is not present, ensuring they can be held accountable for the damages incurred.

Beyond vehicular damage, hit-and-run incidents causing damage to public or private property are also subject to legal consequences, holding drivers liable for a broad range of damages inflicted during the accident.

Gather Evidence

In the immediate aftermath, once safety is assured, collecting evidence is paramount. Photographs or videos of the scene, your vehicle, and any physical injuries serve as crucial evidence. Witnesses can be invaluable; their testimonies might capture details you missed, such as the make, model, or even the license plate of the fleeing vehicle. Every piece of information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, can aid in identifying the perpetrator.

Contact the Police

Reporting the incident to the police promptly is critical. When you do so, provide them with a comprehensive account, emphasizing every detail you can recall about the other vehicle and how the incident unfolded. Important details include:

  • Make, Model, and Color of the Vehicle: These can help narrow down the search for the fleeing vehicle.
  • License Plate Number: Even partial numbers can be useful.
  • Direction of Flee: Knowing which way the vehicle went can guide the initial search.
  • Physical Description of the Driver: If visible, any details about the driver can assist in the investigation.

Chapter 484E of the NRS mandates not just stopping and exchanging information post-accident but also reporting the incident to law enforcement, especially if it results in injury, death, or significant property damage. This legal framework underscores the seriousness with which Nevada treats these incidents and the imperative for all parties to cooperate with the authorities.

Seek Medical Attention

In the confusion and adrenaline rush following a hit and run accident, you might not immediately notice your injuries. It’s crucial to seek medical attention right away, even if you feel unharmed. Some injuries, such as whiplash, internal bleeding, or concussions, can have delayed symptoms, becoming apparent only hours or days after the accident. Early diagnosis and treatment are vital for your health and can also play a significant role in any legal claim you pursue.

Common injuries from hit and run accidents can range from minor to severe, including:

  • Cuts and Bruises: These may seem minor but can indicate more serious underlying injuries.
  • Broken Bones: The impact of a collision can easily break bones, which might require surgery or long-term therapy.
  • Head Injuries: Concussions or more severe traumatic brain injuries can occur, even if there’s no visible wound or you didn’t hit your head directly.
  • Neck and Back Injuries: Whiplash is a common result of car accidents, leading to chronic pain and mobility issues.
  • Internal Injuries: Internal bleeding or organ damage might not be immediately obvious without medical examination.

Prompt medical evaluation ensures that any such injuries are identified and treated early. This not only facilitates your physical recovery but also generates medical records that are critical for substantiating your claims in any legal action or insurance settlement.

In addition to personal injuries, it’s also essential to assess and document property damage to your vehicle or any belongings that were in the car. The impact can cause significant damage to your vehicle, which might not be immediately evident. For instance, the force of a collision can affect alignment, damage the vehicle’s frame, or cause issues with the car’s safety systems that only become apparent later on.

Contact a Las Vegas Hit and Run Lawyer

The journey to recovery and justice after a hit and run can feel daunting. Contacting a Las Vegas hit-and-run lawyer can lift much of this burden. They will guide you through the complexities of the legal process, from negotiating with insurance companies to representing you in court if necessary. An attorney will also ensure that you are fully aware of your rights and the best course of action to secure the compensation you deserve.

Contact Morris Injury Law for a free consultation if you’ve been the victim of a hit-and-run in Las Vegas. Our dedicated team is committed to advocating for your rights and ensuring you receive the justice and compensation you are entitled to.

Navigating the aftermath of a hit-and-run requires prompt and informed action. By understanding and following these essential steps, you empower yourself to move forward with confidence, supported by the law and professional legal counsel. In the dynamic and often unpredictable streets of Las Vegas, knowing how to protect your interests in such situations is invaluable.

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