Las Vegas Car Accident Attorneys
Traffic accidents are among the leading causes of serious injury and death in Las Vegas. If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be wondering about how you will pay medical bills and compensate for lost income.
The experienced Las Vegas accident lawyers at the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. help injured victims secure monetary compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and other significant losses. We understand the emotional and financial toll a serious injury accident can take. We will work diligently to ensure that your legal rights and best interests are protected.
According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, there were 5,991 collisions in Las Vegas between January 1 and May 13, 2014. In those accidents, nine drivers, six motorcyclists, five passengers and 10 pedestrians were killed. The leading causes of fatal traffic accidents included excessive speed (22 percent), pedestrian error (21 percent) and failure to yield the right-of-way (18 percent).
A car accident can happen at any location, but some city intersections are more dangerous than others. For example, there were 17 injury collisions between November 8, 2013 and May 13, 2014 at Charleston and Lamb. During that same time frame, there were eight injury accidents at the intersections of Nellis and Washington and at Rainbow and Charleston and seven injury collisions at both Flamingo and Koval and at Swenson and Flamingo. When driving at these busy intersections, make sure you use extra caution.
The types of injuries you may suffer in a crash depends on the safety features in your vehicle, the speed at which you were traveling and the type of accident in which you were involved. Rear-end collisions are typically associated with neck and head injuries. T-bone collisions most commonly result in multiple bone fractures of the hip, legs and arms. Head-on collisions can cause traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, lacerations, sprains, strains and a number of other related injuries.
Drivers who cause injury accidents can be held accountable for the injuries suffered by the victims. If you have been hurt and wish to receive compensation for your suffering, you may have to prove that the at-fault driver's negligence contributed to the crash. Examples of negligence include:
- Driving under the influence.
- Driving at an excessive rate of speed, over the speed limit or at an unsafe speed given the traffic, roadway and weather conditions.
- Driving while fatigued or drowsy.
- Talking on a handheld cell phone or texting while driving.
- Failing to yield the right-of-way.
Have you sustained considerable losses in an intersection car accident that was somebody else's fault? Is the opposing insurance company refusing to give you a full and fair settlement offer, or disputing your claim altogether? The experienced Nevada car accident attorneys at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. can help you fight for your rights. We are skilled negotiators and aggressive trial lawyers. Whatever the circumstances may be, we are up to the challenge.
Attorneys Mark and Alexis Breyer opened their personal injury law firm in 1996. Since then, we have won millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts, and have developed a reputation as one of the best firms in the southwest. We are so confident in our abilities that we offer our services with a no-recovery, no-fee guarantee.
What Causes Intersection Accidents?
Most intersection car accidents can be attributed to driver error. Some of the most common types of bad driver behavior that causes intersection accidents include the following:
- Speeding – Speed limits are not arbitrary. They designate what optimal speeds are safe for certain roadways. A speeding motorist may come upon an intersection they did not expect due to going so fast. This may lead him/her to run a red light or strike a pedestrian or other vehicle.
- Distracted Driving – Going at an average speed of 55 miles per hour, a motorist can travel the length of a football field within only five seconds, which is how long it takes to send the usual text. Texting and other distracting behaviors do not belong behind the wheel.
- Drunk Driving – Every year, many people lose their lives due to drunk drivers. Alcohol's adverse effects on the brain include delayed reaction, altered perception, and bad judgment, the confluence of which is clearly dangerous behind the wheel.
- Fatigued Driving – Practically just as bad as drunk driving, fatigued driving is behind many fatal and injurious accidents in Nevada and the rest of the nation. Though more prominent among truckers, this behavior can also cause drivers of regular motor vehicles to crash due to delayed reaction and, in the worst cases, “nodding off.”
There isn't always a liable motorist in every intersection car accident case. Sometimes, the cause is a defective auto part or just plain bad intersection design. In such cases, a lawsuit can be brought up against the government entity responsible for the involved intersection, or against the auto parts manufacturer that produced the faulty part.
Most Dangerous Intersections in Las Vegas
Las Vegas, the biggest tourist destination in the state of Nevada, experiences heavy traffic every day, especially during the holiday season. Unfortunately, not all of the city's intersections are designed well; in fact, many are notorious crash traps. Avoid the following Las Vegas intersections if you can:
- Lamb Boulevard and Charleston Boulevard
- Sahara Avenue and Decatur Boulevard
- Charleston Boulevard and Rainbow Boulevard
- Flamingo Road and Maryland Parkway
- Koval Lane and Tropicana Avenue
- Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road
- Flamingo Road and Eastern Avenue
- Rainbow Boulevard and Flamingo Road
- Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue
- Las Vegas Drive and Nellis Boulevard
If you have been injured in a car accident, it is critical that you collect as much information as possible from the scene. First and foremost, the law requires all motorists to stop and remain at the scene of a car accident (to prevent hit and run accidents). If you have been injured, make sure you are safe first. If you are unable to move remain where you are until emergency personnel arrive. If you can move, call 911. When police arrive make sure that your account of the incident gets into their report. Obtain a copy of the report. Take as many photographs as possible at the scene including the position of the vehicles, the roadway and injuries. It is also important that you seek and obtain prompt medical attention to maximize your chances for a speedy and complete recovery.
Injured victims of auto accidents can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. A family that has lost a loved one in a car accident caused by someone else's negligence or wrongdoing will be able to file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages including medical and funeral costs, lost future income and pain and suffering.
The experienced Las Vegas car accident attorneys at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. will fight hard for your rights and help ensure that you are justly compensated for your significant losses. Please call (702) 380-8000 or contact us for a no-cost, comprehensive consultation and case evaluation if you have been injured in a Lyft accident, Uber accident or any other type of collision.
Should I Speak With Another Individual’s Insurance Company?
Absolutely not. Following a car or truck crash, we recommend that you avoid communication with anyone representing the at-fault party. This is especially true for insurance companies. Remember – anything you say, or do, in front of an insurance adjuster may be held against you at a later time. They are well trained at gathering information and spinning it in such a way to discredit your claim. Even the most innocent act, or statement, can potentially damage your chances at securing the appropriate compensation. So try to avoid speaking to them and let us provide the proper representation!
What Kind of Evidence Will I Need to Bolster My Claim?
When it comes to successfully making your claim, there are a number of key pieces of evidence that can prove valuable. Photos, video, and any eye-witness accounts of your accident will be a crucial element in establishing your case. Police reports, hospital records, and any specialist evaluations will also aid in your claim. Finally, any physical evidence gathered from the vehicle – or the car itself – could prove to be a pivotal component. Our team of investigators can help track these items down for future use.
How Much is My Claim Potentially Worth?
This is a question we address quite often. No matter what anyone tells you, your case can't be calculated without a full review by a dedicated legal professional. There are many resources, both on and offline that claim to be able to "guess-timate" your case’s value. We can tell you without question that this is impossible. In fact, the valuations offered are usually far less than what the cases are actually worth. For a more precise assessment, contact us today and schedule an in-person review – either at our office or wherever is most convenient for you!
When Should I Contact Breyer Law Offices, P.C.?
As soon as possible. The state of Nevada maintains a statute of limitations on all automobile accident claims. This means you have a limited amount of time in which to file. If you fail to meet the deadline, you could forfeit all rights to meaningful compensation. That means you should speak with our personal injury team at your earliest convenience. The more time we have to research and investigate your case, the better your od ds will be at obtaining an optimal outcome. Contact us today by submitting your information using the form found on this page or call our Las Vegas office at (702) 380-8000.
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