A car accident can change your life in an instant. According to the Nevada Department of Public Safety & Transportation, the number of fatal car accidents in Clark County, where Las Vegas sits, went up by over 24% between 2020 and 2021. The overall number of crashes increased by 18%. If you have been involved in an accident, you know how traumatic it can be.
Even minor accidents result in hours of lost time dealing with insurance and repair shops. That is why your first call after a collision should be to a top car accident attorney in Las Vegas. An attorney from Morris Injury Law can take the burden of negotiating with insurance, doctors, and the other driver off your shoulders.
Types of Accidents We Cover
Accidents can happen anywhere. Whether you are cruising the Las Vegas Strip or making a quick run to the grocery store, unforeseen circumstances can arise at any time. Even when people try to make safe choices, such as taking an Uber or Lyft when they intend to drink, things do not always go as planned. Rideshare drivers frequently get into accidents in Las Vegas.
Morris Injury Law handles all types of vehicle accidents including the following:
- Car accidents,
- Rideshare accidents involving Uber or Lyft,
- Motorcycle collisions,
- Pedestrian-involved incidents,
- Bicycle-involved accidents,
- Hit-and-run crashes,
- Truck collisions,
- Bus accidents,
- Drunk-driving crashes, and
- Accidnets resulting from auto manufacturing defects.
We always investigate the circumstances of your accident to see what factors may have caused the crash. Commonly we find that someone was using a cell phone while driving, the road conditions were unsafe, or a driver was distracted by other things going on in the vehicle. Even if you think you may be partially at fault for the accident, it is still important to reach out to a Las Vegas accident lawyer for advice.
What to Do After an Accident
When you are in a car accident, your first priority should always be to seek medical attention for yourself or anyone else involved who needs it. If you are in a rideshare vehicle, both Uber and Lyft now offer the option to call 911 directly from their apps.
You also must stay at the scene or you risk being charged with a crime. Then, if you are able, take additional steps to protect your rights later.
Be sure to obtain the name, address, driver’s license number, license plate number, and insurance information of each driver involved in the accident. The easiest way to do this is to take pictures of their driver’s licenses, license plates, and insurance cards.
Then photograph the damage to each vehicle. If you have visible injuries, take pictures of those too. Next, jot down a detailed account of the accident details while they are fresh. We recommend using the voice-to-text feature on your phone and then sending yourself an email. That way the date and time are automatically recorded for you.
Call the Police
Nevada requires those involved in an accident that caused injury, death, or property damage to notify the police. Do not assume another driver or your rideshare driver will call the police. Make the call yourself.
If you are in an Uber or Lyft vehicle, also use their app to report the crash to the rideshare company.
Obtain Medical Care for Any Medical Concerns That Arise
Sometimes in the aftermath of an accident, your body’s stress response prevents you from feeling pain. But after a few hours or days, you may experience symptoms of whiplash, concussion, or other injuries. Do not ignore these. It is better to seek medical attention right away than to leave injuries untreated.
Contact a Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney
In the anxious days after a collision, you may feel overwhelmed by physical, emotional, and financial demands. Let an attorney familiar with insurance claims and medical billing procedures help you with these burdens.
How a Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney Can Help
There are many reasons it makes sense to speak to an attorney right after an accident instead of waiting until you have problems. And when you do contact an attorney, you want to find the best car accident lawyer in Las Vegas. At Morris Injury Law, our focus is on customer service, and we want to help you get through this challenging time as painlessly as possible.
When you retain an attorney before speaking with insurance adjusters, you gain the benefit of having a seasoned professional advise you on how the insurance claims process works. Your lawyer can explain what questions the adjuster will ask and how to respond to them. If an attorney is involved, insurance companies also will not succeed in making you a low-ball settlement offer.
A Las Vegas car accident attorney can also ensure that you comply with Nevada state law by notifying the police of your accident and submitting a report to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. If you are hospitalized, caring for an injured loved one, or had to return to your home out of state, knowing these matters are being handled by a trusted professional will ease your mind.
You also may find that medical bills start to pile up while you are recovering. An attorney can negotiate with doctors and hospitals to reduce or delay payments while you heal. Morris Injury Law can help you figure out how to deal with financial issues and time away from work.
If you are not sure if your case warrants legal counsel, give us a call. We will talk over your case with you and let you know if we can help. While other Las Vegas car accident lawyers are known for using high-pressure tactics, we will leave the decision up to you. The consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose by speaking with us.
Why You Should Not Accept a Quick Settlement
After an accident, an insurance company may offer you a quick settlement. While the money may sound appealing when you are facing the pressure of mounting bills, it usually is not a good idea to accept. These initial settlement offers typically will not cover all your medical and automotive expenses, let alone keep you afloat while you are out of work. And once you agree to settle, you cannot go back for more money later.
Instead, hire a top car accident lawyer in Las Vegas to fight for just compensation that will cover all of your needs. If you were in a severe accident, you may need to plan for additional surgeries or medical treatments in the future. Some collisions cause long-term disabilities and decrease your future earning capacity. And if you are out of work, you need a settlement that helps pay the bills during that time. Scott Morris will take all these considerations into account in determining what your case is worth and what you need to make you whole.
How Long You Have to File a Lawsuit
Another reason to talk to an attorney sooner rather than later is that the clock is ticking. Under Nevada law, you have only two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. Because your attorney will need time to investigate your case and prepare a civil complaint, it is important that you do not wait until the last minute.
How Much Is Your Claim Worth?
The first question many clients ask is, How much is my case worth? The answer depends on many factors. But Morris Injury Law focuses solely on injury cases, so we have the experience to maximize your recovery. We have obtained settlements for our clients for anywhere from $25,000 (when insurance claimed there was not even coverage for the loss) to over $1,000,000. Your compensation will depend on the following factors.
The most obvious starting point is the cost to repair or replace your vehicle. If you were driving a brand new Tesla and it was a total loss, obviously your damages will be higher than for an older vehicle involved in a more minor accident.
The next issue is determining who was at fault in the crash. Nevada applies a modified comparative negligence law. This means the law requires a calculation of each party’s percentage of fault. As a result, you can collect some compensation even if you were partly to blame for the accident. But if you were more than 50% to blame, you will not recover anything.
Here is an example to illustrate this principle. Jose is speeding down a residential street. Marcia fails to stop at a stop sign and t-bones Jose, causing him serious injuries. A jury determines that Jose’s injuries are worth $2,000,000 in damages. But it also finds that Jose was 20% at fault because he was speeding. The court will reduce Jose’s award by 20%, and he will receive only $1,600,000.
The extent of your injuries significantly impacts the value of your case. In many instances, accident victims have lingering issues that require ongoing treatment. We will not settle your case until we know the full extent of your future medical needs. Any calculation of the value of your case must include all your anticipated healthcare costs.
The law divides the compensation you receive, otherwise called damages, into three categories—economic, noneconomic, and punitive damages.
Economic damages are tangible losses. The value of these typically is easy to calculate using bills and receipts, which is why it is important to keep track of these documents. Some examples are medical expenses, car repair costs, bills for property damage, and lost wages. Noneconomic damages compensate the intangible losses the accident caused you to suffer. These include physical and emotional pain, suffering, inconvenience, physical impairment, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of companionship, and post-traumatic stress.
Finally, punitive or exemplary damages are intended to punish the defendant or set an example. They are rarely awarded but may be warranted if the person at fault was guilty of oppression, fraud, or malice. Nevada limits punitive damages awards to:
- Three times the amount of compensatory damages if the compensatory damages award is $100,000 or more; or
- $300,000 if the amount of compensatory damages is less than $100,000.
But these limits do not apply in certain circumstances, such as if the driver who hit you was drunk or high on drugs.
Assessing all the applicable and appropriate damages in your case requires dedication. Morris Injury Law will put in the time and effort to build a strong case. Scott Morris is a lifelong member of the Las Vegas community and has made it his mission to fight for his neighbors’ wellbeing.
An experienced Las Vegas car accident law firm goes beyond the basics in analyzing all the causes of an accident. In some cases, road conditions and inclement weather impacted the drivers. It also may be that a mechanical defect or malfunction caused one driver to lose control. At Morris Injury Law, we will thoroughly investigate your claim and retain any specialists necessary to prove your case.
Contact Our Las Vegas Car Accident Law Firm to Protect Your Rights
Scott Morris’s reputation in the Las Vegas community is important to him. While the goal of other Las Vegas car accident attorneys is obtaining a high quantity of cases, Scott focuses on providing quality representation. He takes time to listen to his clients, answer their calls, and run an organized, honest business. He wants to give back to the city that gave so much to him. His sincerity shows both in his professional successes and in his charitable engagement with the YMCA and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Scott Morris gives 100% effort to his clients, which is reflected in the results he obtains for them. Once you entrust your case to Scott Morris, you will see why he is the best injury attorney in Las Vegas. Contact us today for a free consultation.