Las Vegas Hit-and-Run Car Accident Lawyer
As the U.S. Supreme Court once said, driving is a privilege, not a right. In order to maintain that privilege, drivers must adhere to a number of laws and regulations. Motorists who are involved in a Las Vegas car accident are required to remain at the scene, exchange information and render aid to those who have been injured. You also must give your information to the Las Vegas police officer investigating the accident. But, when a driver fails to remain at the scene of a car accident, things can get complicated.
The driver who flees the scene in a "hit-and-run" incident faces criminal charges. However, hit-and-run accidents put victims and their families in a difficult position of having to find a way to pay costly medical bills or funeral costs, if the crash proves fatal. When a driver flees the scene of a fatal or major injury collision, families also struggle for closure and justice.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Las Vegas hit-and-run collision, the experienced NV car accident attorneys at The Husband & Wife Law Team can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Please contact us at (702) 380-8000 to find out how we can help you.
Fleeing the scene of a Las Vegas car accident is cowardly and against the law. In fact, it is a felony to leave the scene of an accident involving death or bodily injury. According to Nevada Statute NRS 484E.010, the driver of a vehicle that is involved in an accident that results in death or bodily injury to another must immediately stop his or her vehicle at the scene of the accident.
Drivers who leave the scene can face serious criminal penalties including time in prison if apprehended and convicted. Police will usually seek witnesses, investigate the crash site and review nearby security cameras to determine the facts of a hit-and-run case. A criminal conviction for hit-and-run will not, however, automatically result in fair compensation for the victim or the victim's family.
If you wish to hold a hit-and-run driver accountable for your injuries, you may have to file a personal injury claim in court. This is a civil lawsuit that can hold the driver financially liable for your medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning potential, the cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and other related damages.
However, not all hit-and-run drivers are tracked down and arrested. In such cases, the victim or the victim's family may wonder how they will receive fair support for their significant losses. When a hit-and-run driver is not apprehended or identified, support may be available through the victim's own auto insurance policy. Most insurance policies include uninsured motorist protection, which should cover reasonable and necessary medical expenses and general damages such as pain and suffering. Uninsured motorist coverage is primarily for accidents involving drivers who have inadequate or no insurance, but it can apply to hit-and-run accidents. This is why it is recommended for all Nevada drivers to obtain as much uninsured coverage as they can afford.
If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident, make sure you contact an experienced Las Vegas car accident attorney who has a successful track record of working with hit-and-run victims and their families. Support may be available for your injuries and losses whether or not the driver is apprehended. Do not lose hope. Call us at (702) 380-8000 to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation consultation and case evaluation.
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