Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Apr 27, 2015 in Car Accident News
Las Vegas residents who are in a car accident and are not at fault should take several steps to help protect themselves. If they have a camera or a smartphone, they should take pictures in order to document the auto accident as thoroughly as possible. It is also important to get the contact and insurance information from the other driver. Some insurance companies have apps that make it easier to proceed.
The next step is contacting the other driver's insurance company. The accident should be reported in a neutral way since the police and the insurance company will make the decision about who is at fault. It may also be a good idea for those who have been hit by another car to notify their own insurance company as well. People should not get their car repaired until the other driver's insurance company has approved the repair.
If the claim is denied, the victim can try to make a claim through their own insurance provider. Their insurance company may also fight the decision of the other insurance company, or the victim may choose to hire a lawyer to deal with the other company.
There might be a number of reasons for the claim denial. If there is no police report or the other driver lied, the insurance company may side with their client. Those who have been injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another driver may wish to consult an attorney to determine the recourse that may be available.
An insurance company may not offer enough to cover lost wages and medical expenses, or an injury may turn out to be more serious than it initially appears. In such an event, it may be advisable to prepare and file a personal injury lawsuit with the assistance of an attorney that names the responsible driver as a defendant.
Contact one of our personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas to find out what your legal options are.