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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.

Hit-and-Run Cases in Nevada

Hit-and-run accidents have been growing more common. Even a relatively simple incident, where someone causes minor property damage and flees the scene, can cause headaches for victims. But more serious consequences are unfortunately growing more common as well. Pedestrians and cyclists who are hit by a vehicle rarely have the presence of mind to remember details about the vehicle that struck them. Nevada is near the top of the nation for hit-and-run deaths, a sobering statistic that should make Nevadans especially wary when they hit the road.

What is a “hit and run” accident in Nevada?

A hit and run accident can implicate several distinct rules in Nevada law. A driver who is involved in an accident in Nevada has several legal obligations. First, drivers have an affirmative duty to provide reasonable assistance to others who have been injured in the accident. The type of care that’s “reasonable” will depend on the circumstances. Calling for emergency care, making an effort to stabilize an injury, or taking someone to a hospital may all be examples of reasonable assistance. A second obligation drivers have is to provide one-another with identifying information: their names, addresses, and registration information. A hit-and-run accident involves someone disregarding the obligation to give assistance and provide information. Doing so is a crime. If the accident only resulted in property damage, leaving the scene is a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, and the addition of demerit points to the driver’s license. Fleeing the scene of an accident that involves personal injury or death is a more serious crime, punishable as a felony with a jail sentence of up to twenty years, a larger fine, and the possibility of having one’s license suspended or revoked.

How to catch a hit-and-run criminal

The victim of a hit-and-run accident should report the incident to the police. One hopes that witnesses or footage from a nearby surveillance camera might give the police clues to track down the offending driver. Police have a number of investigatory tools at their disposal. For example, garages are required to maintain records of repairs made to cars that appear to have been involved in crashes. These records can be used with other information to establish the liability of the driver who is attempting to evade responsibility. If police identify the perpetrator of a hit-and-run accident they may pursue criminal charges against him or her. The victim may also wish to separately file a civil lawsuit against the driver. This may be necessary to trigger coverage under the driver’s insurance policy, and in any event may be necessary to recover for the full cost of the injuries caused by the hit-and-run. In the civil lawsuit, the fact that the driver committed a hit-and-run offense will add powerful weight to the plaintiff’s case, especially if the defendant has been convicted in a criminal proceeding.

If you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident, talk to an attorney

For over 45 years the attorneys at Greenman Goldberg Raby Martinez have represented clients who have been involved in car accidents. In a hit-and-run case it can be especially important to have an experienced attorney helping to coordinate with police investigators and develop a comprehensive case for pursuing compensation. If you have been injured in a hit-and-run and you would like to discuss your legal options, call today for a free attorney consultation at 702-388-4476 or request a call through our website.

Hit-and-Run Accidents in Nevada

Hit-and-Run Accidents in Nevada
Like anyone who is injured in an accident, victims of hit-and-run incidents should do what they can to seek compensation from the person who caused the accident. Unfortunately, in a hit-and-run situation the victim rarely has the presence of mind to capture information about the perpetrator. Especially when there isn’t another witness who can help identify the person responsible, recovering compensation can feel like a long shot. But there are steps victims can take to give themselves a chance. Nevada law requires drivers who are involved in an accident to give other involved drivers their name, address, registration and insurance information. Drivers are also required to provide aid to people who are injured. Failing to do these things is the definition of “hit and run” in Nevada. A hit and run can involve property damage (i.e., a driver runs into a parked car), personal injury, or a combination. Hit-and-run accidents can also be caused by people on bicycles.
  1. Gather as much information as you can.
In the immediate aftermath of an accident it can be difficult to remember to look for details about an at-fault driver’s car. Part of that is an assumption many of us have that a driver will do the right thing and stop. But victims and witnesses should do their best to remember as much about the accident and the at-fault person as possible. Taking written notes or recording an oral description can provide important evidence later on. Ideally the driver’s license plate information can be recorded, but absent that, information about the car’s make and model and whatever details can be remembered about the driver can all be helpful to police as they try to track down the hit-and-run suspect. If the accident was witnessed by bystanders it’s important to get their contact information as well. Taking photos of the scene and making other “hard” forms of evidence are all good ideas.
  1. Report the incident to the police.
Once any emergency medical treatment has been obtained the first important step for a victim to take is to report a hit-and-run accident to police. Provide as many details as possible about the accident. The police will ask for an accident report to be completed. Sometimes a police investigation can track down a hit-and-run driver who tries to get damage to his or her vehicle repaired.
  1. Report the incident to your insurance company.
Drivers who have insurance policies that include uninsured motorist coverage can often recover something from their policy for a hit and run. The insurance company will be on the alert for fraud, so all the details that were gathered at the scene of the accident will play an important role in bolstering the legitimacy of the claim.

What if the hit-and-run perpetrator is caught?

If the police track down the person who caused the hit-and-run accident they may pursue criminal charges. Hopefully the investigator also lets victims know about the person so the victims have the option of pursuing a civil case as well. Because hit-and-run is a crime, it can be an especially powerful fact in a civil case for damages. People who commit hit and run violations aren’t necessarily penniless. The urge to flee from responsibility could have many sources besides a driver’s inability to pay for damages. Perhaps the driver was drunk or just in a hurry to get to something important. If the perpetrator can be identified, it’s even more important to talk to an attorney about options for pursuing a lawsuit to recover compensation.

GGRM is a Las Vegas accident law firm

The law firm of Greenman Goldberg Raby Martinez has represented clients in personal injury and accident cases for over 45 years. If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident call us today for a free attorney consultation at 702-388-4476 or ask us to call you through our contacts page.