You’ve been in a car wreck, and you’re injured. You weren’t the one driving, and you weren’t distracting the driver. You were wearing your seat belt responsibly. What should you do next? What are your Las Vegas passenger injury rights?
By contacting a reputable law firm like Lerner & Rowe Injury Attorneys, you can rest easy and focus on recuperating while we tackle the insurance companies for you. You may not have had any control over the crash that injured you, but you do have control over how you exercise your passenger injury rights.
Your Rights as an Injured Passenger
If you are a passenger who was injured in a single or multi-vehicle crash, you could be entitled to compensation. It is important to note that Nevada is an at-fault state, meaning the driver who is determined to be at fault (and their insurance company) is responsible for losses due to the accident. Therefore, you will need to file a claim against the driver who was at fault in the accident.
In a single-vehicle accident, it is your responsibility as the injured party to prove that the driver’s reckless/negligent actions caused the crash. If the driver disobeyed state traffic laws, this will often be noted in the police report on the accident, which can greatly strengthen your case.
However, the driver may be exempt from at fault damages in single-car crashes where it is determined that a sudden mechanical failure or automotive defect caused the accident, or if an animal such as a deer suddenly darted across the road.
Multi-vehicle crashes, on the other hand, may not be so straightforward. Rear-end collisions and left-turn accidents are generally cut-and-dried when it comes to liability, but if it is unclear who was at fault, or if the driver of both vehicles were negligent, the injured passenger may file a claim against both drivers’ insurance companies.
Ultimately under Nevada law, if it is determined that two or more defendants share fault for the accident, they both share financial responsibility for resulting damages. This is called comparative negligence.
The amount of compensation you may be able to recover after an accident depends on:
- Who is determined to be at-fault
- The extent of your injuries and past or future medical bills
- The amount of lost wages resulting from your injuries
- The coverage limit of the at fault driver’s insurance
Once these items have been determined, you may be entitled to compensation for current and ongoing damages. Our Las Vegas passenger injury rights attorneys will negotiate on your behalf to get you compensation for the following damages:
- Doctor’s appointments
- Mental anguish
- Physical therapy
- Quality of life maintenance
- Employment or income loss
Who to Contact about Vegas Passenger Injury Rights
Not all passenger injuries are the same. Knowing your Vegas passenger injury rights is the first step towards receiving justice for your pain and suffering. Even if the driver at fault is a close friend or a relative, it is important to remember that you’re not taking action against the driver, but rather their insurance company. If the accident wasn’t your fault, why should you be saddled with the emotional and financial toll of hospital bills and missed work?
Contact Lerner & Rowe Injury Attorneys today. Our car accident lawyers in Las Vegas will schedule a free initial case review to go over the details of your case review any compensation to which you may be entitled. You can also submit a free online case review 24/7.