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Types of Hit and Run Accidents
The last decade has seen a drastic increase in the number of hit and run accidents across the nation. This trend is alarming for both motorists and pedestrians, who could sustain serious injuries if involved in this type of accident. Although it is possible to collect compensation from at-fault drivers in hit and run accidents, it can be more difficult to establish negligence, especially if the identity of the hit and run driver is unknown, so if you sustained an injury or property damage in a hit and run collision, it is critical to speak with a skilled and committed Las Vegas car accident attorney who can explain your legal options.
At Naqvi Injury Law, our dedicated attorneys are prepared to assist you today in recovering the compensation that you deserve. Our legendary legal team has a perfect record in Las Vegas and we have the highest rating possible on AVVO, which highlights our commitment to serving Las Vegas residents who have been hurt in hit and run accidents.
There are a few different types of hit and run accidents. The most common involve situations where:
- A motorist strikes a parked car and leaves without notifying the owner of the collision;
- A driver collides with another vehicle, but does not stop and exchange contact information with the other party; and
- A motorist strikes a pedestrian or cyclist and fails to stop and notify emergency responders of the accident.
Almost all hit and run accidents are fueled by the at-fault driver’s desire to avoid detection and criminal penalties for:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Vehicle theft; or
- Driving without insurance.
Drivers who choose to leave the scene of an accident face severe penalties if apprehended.
In Nevada, drivers who are involved in an accident are required to take certain steps, including:
- Stopping their vehicle at the scene of the crash;
- Moving the vehicle if it is obstructing traffic;
- Providing specific information, including their name and address, as well as their vehicle’s registration number;
- Rendering reasonable assistance to any injured parties, which could include carrying the individual to a hospital; and
- Reporting the crash to the Nevada Highway Patrol.
In the event that the other vehicle was unoccupied at the time of the accident, the at-fault driver must take different steps, including:
- Stopping at the scene of the accident;
- Locating and notifying the operator or owner of the vehicle of their name and address;
- Leaving a note providing their name and address if they are unable to locate the owner; and
- Notifying law enforcement officials of the crash.
The penalties for failing to comply with these rules can be severe. For instance, failing to report a crash can result in a one year driver’s license suspension, felony criminal charges, a prison sentence of up to two years, and a fine of up to $5,000.
Civil Penalties and Collecting Compensation
Aside from criminal penalties, hit and run drivers in Nevada can also be required to compensate injured parties for the following damages if they caused the crash:
- Past and future medical expenses;
- Lost wages;
- Loss of future income;
- Property damage;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Funeral costs.
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to collect compensation from the at-fault party in hit and run cases, especially if law enforcement officials are unable to identify the hit and run driver. Because these cases tend to be more difficult to resolve, it is especially critical for those who have been injured in hit and run accidents to retain an attorney who is well-versed in state law and has access to an experienced investigative team who can collect the evidence necessary to establishing fault. The legal team at Naqvi Injury Law is comprised of well-respected attorneys, research assistants, paralegals, and case managers who have the resources and experience to conduct a thorough investigation into your accident.
What to do After a Hit and Run
Many drivers who are involved in hit and run accidents are tempted to follow and attempt to apprehend the at-fault party. This usually isn’t a good idea, especially for victims who have sustained injuries or serious property damage. Instead, hit and run victims should stay put, but attempt to write down details about the car and driver who struck them, including:
- The car’s make, model, and color;
- The vehicle’s license plate number;
- Any distinguishing marks;
- Whether the driver was male or female; and
- The direction in which the driver may have traveled.
Obtaining the contact information of any eyewitnesses can also be crucial to establishing the identity of a hit and run driver. Hit and run victims should be sure to contact emergency responders immediately if another person requires medical attention. If a victim was not present at the time of the accident and the at-fault party did not leave his or her information, it is important for the car’s owner to take photos of the damage to the vehicle, the scene of the accident, and any debris from the crash. It’s also a good idea to request a copy of the police report once it has been filed.
Unfortunately, in some cases, it is just not possible to identify a hit and run driver. In these situations, the injured party will need to attempt to collect compensation from his or her own insurer through an uninsured policy. To ensure that you will be covered in the event of a hit and run accident, you may want to speak with your insurer about your policy’s coverage.
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Our law firm’s founding attorney — Farhan Naqvi has handled hundreds of complicated auto accident cases, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Drunk driver accidents
He started his career as an insurance defense attorney many years ago and later joined one of the largest personal injury law firms in Nevada where he often litigated more than 200 cases simultaneously. His strong experience with insurance companies & accident law is the foundation of our boutique law firm. We devote ample resources & time to obtaining maximum compensation for accident victims.
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Our law firm has handled over 4,000 cases. We largely attribute our record of success to the dedication and experience of our team, which has helped us to become one of the top rated firms in Las Vegas. We also understand how difficult it can be to pay mounting medical bills after an accident and so do not require our clients to pay anything until they win.
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If you were involved in a hit and run accident and have questions about collecting compensation for your losses, please contact Naqvi Injury Law by calling (702) 803-3387 to speak with a member of our dedicated legal team or by sending us a brief online message. We are standing by and eager to address your accident-related questions and concerns.
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