Auto accidents happen multiple times a day. This is especially true in Las Vegas, NV. An accident can be classified as a minor fender-bender with little to no damage, or far more drastic involving totaled vehicles, injuries, and in some cases, death. Accidents happen as a direct result of negligence on one or multiple parties ends, and it is imperative that you take the proper steps following an accident to ensure you receive the best care and recovery possible.
Here are a few of the imperative things you should do following an automobile accident:
Assess the situation
The first thing you should do following an auto accident is assess the situation. Is anyone hurt? What types of damages have occurred? Evaluating the health of the parties involved is imperative. In certain cases, severe injury may not even be prominent at first. It can take hours or days to develop. Therefore, it is best to seek medical attention as quickly as possible following the crash to ensure you are okay.
Is there an injury? Call the police immediately!
If an injury is reported at the scene of an accident, you must contact the police immediately so they can complete a detailed report. A police report can be useful in the event a lawsuit is filed following the crash. The police officer(s) will help direct communications the parties of the accident, and they can direct traffic to avoid any additional injuries from occurring. Additionally, they will make a determination as to whether or not alcohol or another mind-altering substance was a direct cause of the accident.
Gather your evidence
If you have sustained injury or property damage, you will need photographic evidence to support an insurance claim and to support your personal injury claim. Take photos of any injuries, property damage and/or road hazards, and send them to your Las Vegas personal injury lawyer IMMEDIATELY. Do not delay this step.
Contact an attorney
If you’ve suffered an injury at the hands of a negligent motorist, entity, or automobile defect, you will want to contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible to begin your personal injury claim. All consultations are free and you pay nothing until you receive a settlement. For more information, contact attorney Brian M. Boyer at (702) 800-0988.