Have you or a loved one been harmed as a result of a hit and run in the Las Vegas area? This can be a very frustrating experience. While you may be left with injuries, medical bills, and substantially worse quality of life, another driver simply took off to avoid facing the consequences of their negligence.
That’s why you need to coordinate with a hit and run attorney. If you’re struggling with a hit and run injury, you already have enough on your plate. At the Disability Help Center in Clark County, Nevada, we’ll provide the legal representation you need, helping to secure the compensation you deserve.
Involved in a Hit & Run? What to Do
Hopefully, you’ll never be involved in a hit and run. However, if you ever are involved in such an accident, you’ll be glad you were prepared. Nevada is, unfortunately, one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to hit and run frequency. Only New Mexico, Louisiana, and Florida have higher rates of hit and run accidents. In other words, you can’t be certain you’ll be able to avoid this type of auto collision forever.
The most important step to take immediately after being involved in a hit and run accident is to make sure you and the other occupants of the vehicle are safe. Contact any necessary emergency services right away to address injuries.
Next, get to safety, away from traffic. A minor hit and run may leave your car damaged, but still working. You might drive to the shoulder of the road to get away from danger. However, if the car doesn’t appear safe to drive, leave it where it is.
Call the police as soon as you and everyone else is safe. Provide them with any and all details you may remember about the other driver. Once you’ve hung up, ask for other people who witnessed the event to help you come up with more details. It will be easier for the police to find the other driver if you provide them with thorough information. That said, you don’t want to be inaccurate. Don’t say you clearly remember a certain detail if your memory of it is fairly vague.
It’s also a good idea to start taking pictures from all angles and drafting your memories of the event at this time. This may help you provide more detail than you initially remembered. After speaking with police when they arrive, contact your insurance company to begin the process of filing a claim.
Why You Need a Hit & Run Attorney
You may think you don’t need to contact a lawyer after a hit and run. You might assume the insurance company and the police will handle all your needs. However, that’s often not the case.
First, unless the police manage to identify the driver of the other vehicle immediately after speaking with you, they’ll need to continue investigating the matter. This can make it difficult for you to obtain proper compensation from their insurance company (and yours). A lawyer will help you develop a strategy to negotiate for a better outcome.
They can also assist the police in their investigation. Having a lawyer on your side often makes it easier to stay up-to-date on their status.
Additionally, a lawyer can paint a clearer picture of the type of damages you’re entitled to. After a hit and run accident, you’ll likely have medical and car repair bills to pay. You might also be unable to work. Maybe the nature of your injuries has had a significant impact on your mobility. Your overall quality of life may suffer as a result. If a loved one was killed because of a hit and run, you’ll struggle with the mourning process. A lawyer will help you demonstrate how initial low offers for compensation may not accurately reflect the suffering you’ve experienced.
Contact a Las Vegas Hit & Run Attorney Today
The Statute of Limitations in the State of Nevada requires plaintiffs to file hit and run lawsuits within two years of their accidents. In other words, you need to act sooner rather than later to avoid waiving your right to compensation.
Start today by getting in touch with our experts at the Disability Help Center Nevada. We’ll review your case and help you determine the best steps to take next. While this experience is difficult, it becomes easier when you have professionals on your side making sure you get proper representation.