Injured In A Car Accident In Las Vegas? Here’s What You Need To Know!
A car accident, or what is most commonly referred to by Law Vegas Law Enforcement as a “Car Collision” can be a harrowing experience. Not only is it possible to suffer life-changing injuries, in the midst of such an incident, but it’s also important to follow a few basic, self-imposed rules in order to make sure that you document everything for future reference. Here are some of the most important steps you should take:
- Pictures or videos: It’s important to record any and all damages to your vehicle and person at the time of the accident. You’ll want to make sure that you take pictures and or video footage of the accident. Luckily, the latter is easy to accomplish with today’s cell phone technology and we can rest-assured that most of us will always have our cell phone devices at the ready.
- Insurance: Always keep a copy of your Registration and Insurance Card in your glove compartment and a backup copy in your wallet. You will need to provide these items to the responding officers when they arrive to document and report your accident.
- Less is more: You do not yet know who is at fault in the eyes of the law so, it is best to answer basic questions about the accident, while also complying as best as possible with any instructions provided to you by the responding officers.
- Other drivers information: It is best to exchange information with the other driver at the onset because you will need to provide that information to your insurance company.
- Report the accident: You will need to report the accident to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles under NRS 484.229, you are obligated to complete an SR-1 Report immediately if a report has not been taken by a responding police officer. The SR-1 Form is available at www.dmvnv.com.
- Get a copy of the police report: If an officer responding to your car accident takes a report, a copy of the accident report will be available within 7-10 days. Be sure to obtain a copy of this report for your records. Once you have the copy, make an additional copy for your insurance company.
Most importantly, try to remain calm after a car accident so that you can document as much as possible and assist the police with any items that they may need from you. Last but not least, get medical assistance right away. You will need to document your injuries and see to your health. It can be a trying time, and your health and well being is of utmost importance.
If you are in need of legal advice, feel free to contact the Gowdey Law Office for assistance.