Getting into a car accident can be scary and painful—even debilitating. After a crash, you may be at a loss as to what happens next. How will you get money for your medical expenses? What if the insurance company denies your claim? Will you have to go to court?
Steps to Follow After an Accident
Seek medical care: It is crucial that you see a doctor after an accident. Even if you are not sure you’ve been injured, an examination by a medical professional is priority. Try not to worry about paying for your medical expenses. Instead focus on your recovery. Your medical treatment can provide critical evidence of your condition if you need to file an injury claim. Make sure you save all records related to the medical care you receive, along with receipts and proof of other expenses you incur.
File a claim with the DMV: Nevada car accidents that cause $750 or more in damage, or cause physical injuries must be reported to the Nevada DMV within 10 days.
Contact your insurer: Report the accident to your car insurance carrier as soon as possible after an accident. The sooner you report the claim, the sooner you will have the claim resolved. Be sure to keep records of all your contact with your insurer. Keep track of the dates of all phone calls and the names of the representatives.
Consult an attorney: Right after a crash, the insurer for the other driver may solicit a recorded statement on the accident from you or attempt to make a fast settlement offer to resolve your claim. Before you make any statements to the opposing party or accept a settlement, speak to a car accident lawyer. Recorded statements you make could come back to haunt you, and quick settlement offers are often much less than you may be entitled to under Nevada law. Our injury lawyers can provide an accurate evaluation of your accident claim. We’ll help you determine what is or isn’t a reasonable settlement offer and we will handle negotiations with insurers on your behalf.
Engage in discovery: Once a claim has been filed, both parties will investigate the many aspects of the accident itself, speaking with witnesses and piecing together the circumstances that led to the accident.
Discuss settlement options: Many car accident claims are settled without parties needing to go to trial to resolve a case. However, insurance companies have large departments full of experienced attorneys, so going into a settlement conference without legal representation leaves you at a major disadvantage. An injury attorney can make sure that you receive a fair deal from a settlement, and if no fair settlement offer is made, we can help you file a claim in court obtain appropriate compensation.
If necessary, file a claim in court: If you are unable to reach a suitable resolution to your accident claim through settlement negotiations, you will need to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver to recover compensation. By hiring an experienced accident lawyer to represent you early on, you’ll have an advantage in the accident claims process. Your attorney will already be familiar with the facts of your case and be prepared to file a claim on your behalf, should settlement talks fail.
Even when fault for an accident is straightforward or you don’t need to file a claim in court, recovering money owed to you after a traffic accident is never simple. Our knowledge and experience puts you on an even footing with the insurance company or at-fault party.
Put Our Experienced Legal Team to Work for You
Hundreds of accident victims in Henderson, Nevada and the surrounding areas have turned to the dedicated, knowledgeable, and experienced personal injury lawyers at David Boehrer Law Firm when they needed legal help. For a no-cost case evaluation and assistance filing an accident claim, call 702-750-0750 or submit your information online.