A fender bender refers to a minor and insignificant collision between two or more vehicles. Typically, fender bender accidents are dismissed as being insignificant and something that shouldn’t be fretted over. However, fender benders can cause damage, and can also lead to injuries in some cases, too. As such, there are times when filing a claim with an insurance company in Nevada following a fender bender accident is appropriate, and times when hiring an attorney for legal representation throughout the process is advised.
Fender bender crashes are one of the most common accident types, and occur for myriad reasons. Some of the most common causes of fender benders include:
Fender bender crashes are not typically caused as a result of speeding, which is a top cause of many other accident types. When speed is involved in a car accident, the crash is typically much more serious than just a fender bender. In all fender bender crashes, however, negligence of one of the drivers is usually to blame. In some cases, negligence of another party may be the cause. For example, if a fender bender occurs because of defective brakes, then the brake manufacturer may be at fault. Or, if a fender bender occurs because of a road defect, such as a pothole, then the party responsible for maintaining the road (i.e. a city or state department of transportation) may be to blame.
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If you suffer damages in a fender bender accident, you will need to file a claim with your insurance company or the insurance company of the other driver. Some common fender bender damages include:
Of course, these are not the only injuries that a person may sustain. Injuries vary depending upon the force of impact involved, whether or not drivers/passengers were buckled at the time of collision, and the angle of impact.
When you suffer damages and file a claim with an insurance company following a fender bender crash, you no doubt expect the insurance company to settle your claim and pay you the compensation award that you deserve. Unfortunately, this is not always how it works. The insurance company may deny your claim based on allegations that you caused the accident (rather than the other driver) and are therefore ineligible for compensation, or may deny your claim based on disputes about the extent of damages you suffered. Further, an insurance company could low ball your claim, offer you less than you deserve in an attempt to save the insurance company money.
Because the above situations involving an insurance company are very possible, it is strongly recommended that you work with an attorney if the above issues arise, or if your claim has any particular complexities. For example, if there were multiple parties involved or your injuries and damages are particularly severe, hiring an attorney is advisable.
In Nevada, drivers who are not at fault for collisions are allowed to file a lawsuit against the at fault driver after a crash. However, keep in mind that:
While filing a lawsuit following a fender bender collision is rare, we want to assure you that if filing a lawsuit is appropriate in your case, our attorney will be there to aid you every step of the way. We have successfully litigated numerous car accident cases over the years, and know what we are doing.
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If you are planning to hire a car accident attorney following a fender bender, it is important that you know what you are looking for. Important characteristics in an attorney include:
At the firm of Naqvi Injury Law, our attorneys meet all of the criteria listed above. We have gone to trial many times, and have never lost a trial. We have received multiple awards and recognitions, including “Best of Las Vegas” for a personal injury attorney. Further, and most importantly of all, we care about our clients.
If you are involved in a fender bender in Las Vegas, do not hesitate to contact us. You can schedule your free consultation online or in person today.
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