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Las Vegas Lawyer Helps Underinsured & Uninsured Motorists

In Nevada, it is illegal to drive a car without automobile insurance and there are serious consequences for a failure to purchase coverage. For instance, a driver’s failure to obtain car insurance can lead to his or her license and registration being suspended. Unfortunately, despite these repercussions, many drivers choose to ignore this requirement, which can cause significant financial hardship for someone injured in an accident with an uninsured driver.

Purchasing uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage is an effective way to ensure that if you are injured in a car accident and only have the minimum required coverage, you receive the compensation you need to address your injuries and repair any property damage. If you live in Las Vegas and were recently injured in a car accident and the other driver did not have insurance or did not have a policy with enough coverage to compensate you for your injuries, obtaining the advice of an experienced underinsured/uninsured coverage attorney can make all the difference in whether or not you are able to recover under your own policy.

If you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident, you are likely overwhelmed not knowing how your medical bills will be covered. Seek help immediately from an experienced personal injury attorney prepared to help relieve your financial stress.

At Naqvi Injury Law, we have extensive experience handling complicated cases. Our founding attorney, Farhan Naqvi, routinely litigated more than 200 cases when working at the largest personal injury law firm in Nevada. His strong background includes protecting accident victims hit by uninsured and underinsured motorists.

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Contact our law firm by e-mail or call us to schedule a free initial consultation. We are compassionate, yet aggressive when protecting accident victims and family who lost loved ones in wrongful death accidents. Located in Las Vegas, our firm serves clients throughout the state of Nevada.

Fault-Based Liability

Nevada adheres to a fault-based car accident liability system, which means that the driver who causes an accident is required to pay for the injuries and property damage incurred by injured parties. For this reason, a person injured in a car accident can choose to pursue one of the following options:

  • File a claim under his or her own insurance policy;
  • File a claim with the at-fault party’s car insurance company, also known as a third party claim; or
  • File a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver.


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Minimum Insurance Coverage

Nevada law requires that all drivers purchase minimum car insurance coverage from a state-licensed insurer. Drivers must then provide proof of insurance to the Department of Motor Vehicles before their cars can be registered. According to state law, minimum coverage must include at least:

  • $15,000 for bodily injury to one person in an accident;
  • $30,000 for bodily injury when more than one person is hurt in an accident; and
  • $10,000 for property damage per accident.

This minimum coverage for property damage covers the damage a policyholder causes to another person’s car. Unfortunately, it does not cover the cost of repairing or replacing the policyholder’s own car. To ensure that these costs are paid in the event of an accident, drivers should purchase comprehensive car insurance.

While having these minimum requirements ensures that injured parties will be able to recover at least a portion of the expenses related to an accident, it also means that in most cases, the other person’s insurance will not cover the entirety of the victim’s costs. For this reason, Nevada law also requires insurance companies to offer uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage in an amount equal to the minimum liability coverage required by law and no greater than the liability coverage limits already chosen by the insured on his or her policy. Furthermore, the offer must be made in writing on a pre-approved form and included with each policy renewal. Insurers are also required to obtain a policyholder’s rejection of this coverage in writing. In the event that an insurer fails to offer the required coverage, the court will proceed as though the coverage were included in the policy.

Drivers are strongly advised to purchase uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage to match their policy’s bodily injury limits as many accidents result in injuries that require treatment totaling more than $15,000. Even when injuries are relatively minor, injured parties may be required to pay for:

  • Emergency transport;
  • Diagnostic tests;
  • Evaluation by a physician;
  • Follow-up appointments;
  • Transportation costs; and
  • Prescription medications.

Injured parties may also be required to take time off from work until they have recovered. This can make it even more difficult to pay medical bills, creating additional stress for victims and their families.

Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Most uninsured motorist coverage pays up to a policy’s limits for:

  • Injuries sustained by a policyholder while driving or riding in the car named in his or her policy, while a pedestrian, or while driving or riding in a car owned by someone else;
  • Injuries sustained by a policyholder’s relative who resides with him or her while driving in the car named in the policy;
  • Any person riding in or driving the car named in the policy as long as he or she obtained permission from the owner; or
  • Any person riding in a car the policyholder is driving, but does not own.

Some types of uninsured motorist policies cover situations where a policyholder is involved in an accident with an unidentified hit-and-run driver. However, this coverage does not apply unless the policyholder or his or her car was struck. Most policies also require that the insured notify law enforcement of the accident within 24 hours of its occurrence. In these cases, if a policyholder fails to report the accident in time, his or her insurer may refuse to cover the costs of the injury.

Some policies are even more restrictive and do not cover hit-and-run accidents when the at-fault driver or car cannot be identified. Additionally, if a policyholder receives funds to cover medical bills from alternative coverage, the recoverable amount he or she is entitled to under an uninsured motorist policy will be reduced by that amount. Finally, when a policyholder is injured while in another person’s car, the uninsured motorist coverage of the car’s owner will primarily cover the policyholder’s injury. Only the amount that is not repaid by the car’s owner can be covered by an insured’s policy.

Once a person files a claim under his or her uninsured motorist coverage, an adjuster will be assigned to handle the claim. The parties will then decide on an amount based on the other person’s negligence, whether the policyholder contributed to the accident, the severity of the injuries sustained, and the number of victims involved in the accident.

Underinsured Motorist Coverage

In some cases, a person who causes an accident will have some insurance coverage, but not enough to cover the full amount of the other party’s injuries. In these situations, a policyholder with underinsured coverage can collect up to the limits of the policy. However, medical payments recovered under another policy will be deducted from the total provided by underinsured coverage.

Filing an underinsured motorist claim requires that the policyholder provide evidence to his or her insurer establishing that the other driver’s insurance is not enough to cover the cost of his or her injuries. This may require that the policyholder obtain a letter explaining the other driver’s policy limits as well as a statement acknowledging settlement from the other driver’s insurer. Sometimes these letters are even included with the settlement paperwork.

Filing a Claim Against an Uninsured Driver

Generally, filing a claim against an uninsured driver in court is not a viable option because most uninsured drivers do not have sufficient funds or assets to pay off a judgement. If the at-fault party does not pay a court-ordered judgement, the policyholder can always request a court order requiring the defendant to pay. If the court discovers that the defendant does have access to some assets, it might set up a payment plan, requiring the at-fault party to pay a certain amount per week. Often, these payments are extremely small and rarely beneficial to the injured party. If there is evidence that the other driver actually has valuable assets, a plaintiff may be able to file a lien against the other party’s property during the proceedings.
It is usually a better option to file a claim with the policyholder’s own insurer under his or her uninsured motorist coverage than to file a claim in court. After negotiations, the policyholder will be awarded an amount to cover at least part of his or her expenses, as uninsured benefits cannot exceed the amount of primary coverage. This means that if a policyholder has $100,000 worth of coverage, he or she can only have up to $100,000 in uninsured policy benefits. Keep in mind that if a policyholder and his or her insurer cannot agree on an appropriate settlement amount, the only method of resolution is binding arbitration to be followed by a hearing before a panel of arbitrators.

Protecting Victims of Uninsured Motorists

We devote ample resources to proving fault in complicated personal injury cases. Our law firm’s approach remains consistent when protecting victims of hit-and-run accidents. Attorney Naqvi works closely with accident scene reconstructionists to carefully investigate property damage and skid marks left at accident scenes.

His detailed approach also includes reviewing police reports and witness statements to gather as many details as possible. In some circumstances, ambiguous details or lack of witness statements evolve into no solid leads to determine fault. Our strong background becomes critical in determining if accident victims have underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage in their insurance policy.

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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.

Seeking Maximum Compensation

Mr. Naqvi defended insurance companies before he began protecting accident victims’ rights. He has a clear understanding of how the other side works, and he is a tough negotiator. Attorney Naqvi has a strong background obtaining compensation for accident victims up to the limits of their insurance policy. He is committed to helping victims of uninsured motorists obtain as much compensation as possible covering hospital bills, lost wages, property damages, and future medial needs.

Why Work with Our Firm?

Naqvi Injury Law offers many benefits to car accident victims. In terms of fees, we usually charge only 25 to 33 percent of the total compensation, versus fees of up to 50 percent at other law firms. We also advance all costs while your case is pending.

When you hire one of our skilled attorneys, you’ll never have to wonder what comes next. We’ll guide you through the steps of pursuing the best payout for your injuries, while advising you of potential problems or practices to avoid while your case is being reviewed and worked on. We are available to answer any questions you may have about the different legal processes involved in your case, so you’ll never have to guess at what comes next. Unlike some law firms, we don’t charge you any fees until you receive compensation for your case, which means you can retain our services no matter what your financial situation may be. Give us a call, contact us through our website, or send us an email.

Experience, compassionate service, and the determination to prevail are the foundations of our law firm – the choice is clear.

Contact an Experienced Underinsured/Uninsured Coverage Attorney Today

Car accidents can be physically and financially devastating for victims and their families, especially when the at-fault party does not have the required minimum insurance coverage. While the situation may feel hopeless, injured parties in this situation still have options, including filing a claim with their own insurers. Dealing with your own insurer can still be time-consuming and even frustrating, so if you were injured in an accident caused by an uninsured or underinsured driver, please contact Naqvi Injury Law by calling (702) 945-0558 or by completing and submitting one of our standard contact forms and we will assist you in scheduling a free consultation with a dedicated underinsured/uninsured lawyer who can help explain your legal options.

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Chris Hughes
Chris Hughes
Naqvi injury law is amazing! The people are wonderful and the offices are beautiful. I recommend them to everyone. Thank you so much Tarah and Jason for the amazing work and settlement!!!
Jason Stewart
Jason Stewart
Great practice - settled my accident professionally and efficiently. Jason and Sabina are amazing - they both communicated and kept me updated on the status of my case throughout the duration. I really appreciate their time and efforts. Thank you again!
Donald Weiss
Donald Weiss
Great service by Alex best in town ...Megan was also great ..best service I've had and I grow up with Jeff Fawell in dupage County ilinios who is a fried but also a constitution lawyer ...they are just as good
Frank Lin
Frank Lin
I am a client of Naqvi Injury Law since March, 2016. In the last few of years, I have been represented by Attorney Coats and Attorney Albright, and Mrs. Rachel Bounds for three automobile accidents. They were all incredible and very organized. They provided the best legal advice and customer services to me. I felt so welcomed every time I sit feet in their office. Both attorneys and Rachel were helpful in every step in the way. They helped me gone through the treatment and recovery process. I can’t thank them enough for their wonderful services that they have provided to me. In addition, I want to use this opportunity to thank Naqvi attorney, Meghan and her Legal Assistant, Maggie. They made sure no stones were left unturned during the legal proceeding to get the case resolved. Again, thank you for all the legal services from the best injury law firm in Southern Nevada, that is the Naqvi Injury Law.
Andre Williams
Andre Williams
Naqvi injury attorneys are the best I ever came across..first time I stepped in their office I was treated with the upmost respect and care from a team of attorneys case managers, and the front Desk..everyone is so amazing..Shaunda the Case Manager is awesome. She was so transparent Throughout my entire case, she went above and beyond and treated me like family…. i’m so grateful and thankful for an amazing team at Naqvi injury law… Melissa and Shawna and the rest of the staff. Keep up the good work I’m going to recommend you guys to the fullest. thank you so much.
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Youth Led Hayes
Absolutely AMAZING team Naqvi has with him, including the receptionist; they are patient, polite, considerate, and genuinely concerned about you as a client. They respond to you if not the same day, definitely within a 24 hour period. Paul and Arlene stayed in contact with throughout the process. If I’m ever needing a lawyer again Naqvi law office is it!
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Best law firm in Nevada!… Farhan, Paul Albright and their entire team worked endlessly on my case and walked me through every phase of the process. I couldn’t have been any happier with the resolution. They truly deserve every award they’ve received over the years. Thank you for everything Team Naqvi…
J Cole
J Cole
What else could I say other than the best decision I made for my Health was switching attorneys to Paul at NAQVI. My case was complex and many things were NOT in my favor. Paul and Rachel delivered me an unbelievably generous settlement and all of my medical expenses FULLY covered. If you feel unsure about your legal representation, or have a case that seems hopeless, take a consultation with Paul at Naqvi.
Barbara Balatbat
Barbara Balatbat
I was involved in an accident with someone driving a government vehicle. I chose to call Naqvi Injury law. The process was long, since my attorney Mariya Malkova was dealing with a government adjuster. Karla and Mariya always kept me updated during this whole process. This team was truly awesome and I will not hesitate to call Naqvi Law Injury again or recommend them to family & friends. Thank you to Mariya & Karla and anyone who helped on my case for all your help & support.
Very good experience, I was in a car accident and got excellent service. Absolutely recommend to everyone. If you want the best team use Naqvi and his team!!