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A Driver’s Obligations to Report Car Accidents in Nevada

Nevada law imposes a number of requirements on drivers who have been in an accident. Everyone who drives in the state should understand these obligations so they can be prepared to comply with them in the event of an accident. Failing to follow the law can result in significant penalties, including a suspended license. For someone who has been injured in an accident, if the at-fault party fails to comply with the rules it can strengthen the case when filing a lawsuit to recover compensation.

Anyone involved in an accident in Nevada needs to follow these rules:

  • Do not leave the scene. Failing to do so may constitute a hit-and-run violation.
  • The drivers involved in an accident must exchange certain personal information: name, address, driver’s license number, license plate numbers, and auto insurance carrier information.
  • If anyone was injured in the accident, call 911 and take reasonable steps to stabilize the injury before emergency responders arrive.

Nevada drivers may also have an obligation to file a separate accident report with the Nevada DMV. Such an obligation arises after accidents that are not investigated by police and that either caused property damage exceeding $750, or that resulted in a personal injury or death. In practical terms, an accident involving serious injury or death will almost certainly be investigated by police, who will arrive on the scene not long after a call is made to request emergency medical care. But one can imagine cases where an accident could take place that doesn’t require a 911 call, but does lead to injuries that require care or damage to a vehicle in excess of the $750 threshold.

Accidents are reported to the DMV on Form SR-1. The form must be submitted within 10 days of the accident. It requires disclosure of the time and location of the accident, the names of the people involved (including pedestrians and cyclists), and a detailed description of the damage caused by the accident. It also needs to be accompanied by a physician’s report about any personal injuries that were suffered in the accident. Failing to file a required report can result in a one-year license suspension, and knowingly providing incorrect information is a crime.

For over 45 years the law firm of Greenman Goldberg Raby Martinez has represented Las Vegas clients in auto accident cases. We are happy to provide you with a free attorney consultation about your case. Call us at 702-388-4476 or send us a request through our site.