A car accident can change your life in a single moment, quickly becoming a physically, emotionally and financially overwhelming situation.
In these difficult times, you may have questions that only an experienced lawyer can provide. The Las Vegas car accident attorneys at Henness & Haight have decades of experience representing car accident victims. We can help you recover the compensation you need so you can focus on putting your life back together. Our personal injury attorneys charge no fees unless we are able to recover compensation for your claim. Contact our offices today for a free consultation and review of your claim.
Do I Need a Car Accident Attorney?
Although filing a car accident claim may seem simple and straight forward, there are often a number of elements that can quickly complicate your claim. Having an attorney by your side from the beginning can help the process run smoother and ensure your best interests are put first.
Following an accident, the insurance company will immediately begin investigating your claim and the details of your accident. At the same time, our attorneys will conduct our own investigation in order to gather all of the facts and evidence needed to build a robust case on your behalf. We will:
- Interview anyone who was present at the accident and witnessed the behavior and driving of those involved.
- Analyze medical records, police accident reports and insurance investigation notes to construct a solid timeline and account of the events that transpired during and before the accident.
- Consult with an accident reconstructionist who can recreate your accident and provide us with a detailed understanding of how it occurred.
- Directly communicate with any insurance companies involved and negotiate for the best settlement on your behalf.
Through a thorough review of the details of your case, we will be able to determine who should be held liable for your accident and the best way to build a strong case on your behalf.
No matter the cause of your accident, our Las Vegas car accident lawyers will thoroughly investigate your claim and help fight for the compensation you deserve.
Why Should I Hire Henness & Haight?
Henness & Haight’s Las Vegas auto accident attorneys are strong advocates of the rights of injury victims and provide quality and dedicated legal services. We have recovered millions in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients, including:
- $2.2 million settlement for a T-bone collision
- $1.8 million settlement for a drunk driving wrongful death
- $1.046 million settlement for rear end collision
- $875,000 settlement for taxi cab collision
With decades of combined experience representing car accident victims in the Las Vegas area, we know how to build cases that help our clients get the maximum compensation they deserve.
As a previous defense attorney, co-founder Michael D. Haight, has valuable insight into the tactics used by insurance companies when handling insurance claims.
He has since been nationally recognized as “Top 100 Litigation Lawyer” by the American Society of Legal Advocates, a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by The National Trial Lawyers organization, and has been awarded an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.
Our main goal is to help ensure that you or your loved one is taken care of and can focus on recovering. This means we will personally handle the insurance company and negotiate the terms of your claim. We will also take legal action if necessary.
We always provide a free consultation to discuss the merits of your claim and determine your legal options. Our fees are structured on a contingency basis, which means you will only have to pay for our services if we are successful in recovering damages for your claim.
How Can I Prove the Other Driver was Responsible for the Accident?
The first step to a successful car accident claim is identifying the at-fault party and proving the accident was caused by his or her neglect.
There are four elements needed to prove negligence in a personal injury claim:
- Duty: The driver had a duty to act in a safe and responsible way while operating a vehicle that would minimize the risk of an accident.
- Breach of duty: The driver failed or neglected to uphold a standard that would ensure the safety of other motorists or pedestrians.
- Causation: The accident was directly caused by the driver’s actions and would not have occurred if he or she had acted within reasonable standards of care.
- Damages: The victim suffered damages directly related to the accident caused by the at-fault driver’s negligence.
It must be proven without a doubt that all four of these elements were present in order for the at-fault party to be identified as liable for the accident.
However, the more parties involved in an auto accident, the more complicated the situation becomes. There are different traffic laws that apply to vehicles like motorcycles and large trucks that require an in-depth analyses into each driver or operator’s actions leading up to the accident.
Commercial trucks fall are heavily regulated by several federal agencies, and the driver who is involved in the accident may not actually be employed by the company that owns the truck or its cargo. Our Las Vegas truck accident lawyers will be able to review all claims involving a truck to determine if vehicle’s owner or driver were responsible for the accident.
Similarly, a motorcycle operators has an obligation to follow the same traffic laws as other motorists, and to wear standard safety equipment that provides adequate protection in the event of an accident. If a motorcycle operator neglects to safely ride or operate his or her vehicle, then our Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorneys can also assist you in determining who is liable for the accident.
Our Las Vegas auto accident attorneys can help you obtain evidence that proves the other driver was at-fault and should be held liable for your damages.
Causes of Auto Accidents
Some of the leading causes of accidents involving negligence include:
- Distracted driving
- Impairment by drugs or alcohol
- Driving under unsafe conditions
- Sleep deprivation
- Reckless or careless driving
- Failing to follow traffic laws
- Malfunctioning auto parts
- Poorly maintained roads
Regardless of what caused your accident, our personal injury attorneys understand the difficulties you face in trying to recover from your injuries.
This is why we have dedicated our practice to seeking justice for the injured and helping them recover the compensation they need to rebuild their lives after an unexpected accident.
Some of the most common injuries often associated with car accidents include:
- Brain injury
- Head damage
- Neck damage
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
As a personal injury law firm, we have developed strong ties to the medical community and can connect you with the health practitioners needed to treat your injuries or discover any hidden conditions.
Seeking medical attention is important after any serious car accident and can provide you with an accurate assessment to the true damages that you or your loved one have incurred. Any medical records will also provide documented evidence of any injuries sustained as a result of the accident.
If you do not have a primary care provider or physician that you see regularly, we can guide you to some of Las Vegas’ most prestigious medical facilities, such as University Medical Center, which has the only level one trauma care center and burn center in Nevada.
We know that you need compensation to cover the costs associated with your injuries. That is why we are dedicated to helping you get the maximum amount you deserve.
How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?
Nevada law follows the rule of “shared fault” or “comparative negligence” in personal injury claims. This means that if you are partially to blame for causing the accident, the damages in your claim are reduced based on your level of contribution.
For example, if you file a claim for $10,000 and a court finds that you are 40 percent responsible for causing the accident, you can only recover $6,000. However, if your actions are found to have been 50 percent or more responsible for the accident, you are automatically barred from being able to seek compensation.
If you have a case, you may be able to maximize your compensation by including both economic damages and noneconomic damages in your claim, which would quantify the true loss caused by the accident.
Economic damages are the compensation you can receive in place of any financial losses you may have experienced because of a car accident, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
Noneconomic damages refer to the abstract and non-financial losses that may have occurred because of an accident and places an economic value on one’s pain and suffering. These can include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Damage to one’s reputation
- Loss of comfort and quality of life
Having an accomplished attorney by your side throughout this process is especially important. We will guide you every step of the way, making sure your best interests are represented and working to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Protecting Your Rights After a Car Accident
If you have been injured in a car accident, it is important to speak with a reputable attorney before filing a claim with an insurance company or talking with an insurance adjuster.
Insurance companies are focused on one thing: making a profit. They will place their interests ahead of yours and will likely offer you an unreasonably low offer and do everything they can to minimize the amount of compensation for your claim. They may also delay payment or even deny your claim altogether.
Our Las Vegas car accident lawyers know the tactics and tricks these companies use to deny innocent injury victims the compensation they desperately need. We can help ensure your rights are fully protected throughout the entire process, and we will work to recover the maximum amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries. We level the playing field between accident victims against insurance companies.
If the insurance company is not willing to pay what you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, or other damages, we are prepared to take the case to court. At that point, most insurance companies are willing to settle for a fair amount rather than risk going to trial.
Contact Our Las Vegas Car Accident Lawyers
After an accident, do not risk walking away with too little compensation. Contact Henness & Haight immediately, and we will help you seek the maximum amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
Our Las Vegas car accident lawyers know the devastating effects of a crash and are dedicated to fighting for justice on your behalf.
Schedule a free consultation today to review the details of your claim. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis and do not get paid unless you recover a fair verdict or settlement.