An auto accident can happen suddenly, but the consequences can be long-lasting. You or your loved one could face physical, emotional, and financial problems following a car crash.
Financial awards can help you and your family recover from an accident. A single-vehicle accident lawyer with our firm can review your case and discuss your options for pursuing compensation for your losses.
Recoverable Damages from Car Accidents in Nevada
The legal term ‘damages’ is the loss incurred by the claimant. In auto accidents, losses can include physical damage to the vehicles and persons involved. Losses can also be financial, such as missing income, and emotional, like pain and suffering. Car accident damages can include the following:
- Past and future medical expenses from the initial accident and for ongoing treatment of related injuries
- Past lost wages, such as missing work during recovery
- Future loss of earning capacity
- Past and future pain and suffering from physical injuries and damages
- Past and future emotional anguish, such as anxiety and stress
- Loss of consortium, if a family member died from the accident
Recoverable damages are the financial compensation payments. These monetary awards cover the expenses and losses related to the collision. For instance, your recoverable damages could include compensation for medical bills, missed income, and emotional suffering.
Compensation Can Help You Recover from Many Types of Losses
Damages can include past and future losses. The medical bills from your accident may only be the start. Ongoing treatment, continual medication, and future surgeries may be part of your compensation claim.
Likewise, the accident may have affected your ability to earn money. You may suffer a future loss of earning capacity due to an injury or disability. Loss wages can span from a few days of missed work to permanently being unable to earn an income. Personal injury can also change your profession.
Recoverable Damages Amounts
How much you can recover for your losses will depend on the specifics of your case. Recoverable damages usually consist of actual and general compensation amounts. In some cases, you may be able to pursue punitive damages.
Actual compensatory damages are monetary losses, such as medical treatment and lost wages. A strong claim shows proof of these financial damages through evidence like hospital bills and paychecks. These awards only replace what was lost or incurred expenses.
General compensatory damages are non-monetary losses. Some examples of these damages include the following:
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Disfigurement or disability
- Physical pain and suffering
- Decrease physical and mental abilities
- Loss of opportunities
Special Considerations for Damages
Nevada does not have a cap on non-economic damages from car accidents, so you or your lawyer can request compensation for all relevant losses. The court may permit punitive damages, or exemplary damages, as a financial punishment for the at-fault party.
For example, drivers found guilty of driving while intoxicated in a criminal case may need to pay punitive damages in a civil trial. Other negligent acts may result in punitive damages, and our lawyers can discuss the damages you can pursue.
Pursuing Financial Compensation in a Single-Car Accident Case
The most common single-vehicle accidents occur when drivers crash into pedestrians, bicyclists, animals, and fixed objects, such as buildings and medians. The driver would be at fault if they were careless, or negligent, such as texting while operating a vehicle.
Following the accident, you have a limited time to file a case. In NRS §11.190(4)(e), the Nevada government states that claimants have up to two years to pursue compensation for personal injuries and wrongful deaths.
You can pursue compensation if you are not more than 50 percent responsible for the accident, according to NRS §41.141. Pedestrians obeying crosswalk regulations and those in areas without traffic-control signals have the right-of-way. However, there are some cases when pedestrians are partially responsible for a single-car collision.
Who Is Financially Responsible for a Single-Vehicle Accident?
The at-fault driver is typically liable for recoverable damages. Their insurance company will pay the award up to the policy’s limits.
In some cases, however, a third party may be responsible for paying financial damages. Some examples of other responsible parties include:
- The owner of the vehicle who lent their car to the at-fault driver
- A company that owns the vehicle for employee use
- A business responsible for its drivers
Nevada requires all drivers to maintain auto insurance that at least meets the minimum requirements. Vehicle operators must have bodily injury coverage for at least $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident. Drivers also need to have at least $20,000 coverage for property damage.
The Benefits of Having Legal Counsel By Your Side
Accident claims can mean dealing with insurance companies or going to trial, which can be stressful when managing life after a car collision. A single-vehicle accident lawyer from our firm can fight on your behalf while you focus on recovering from the accident.
Auto accident claimants have a burden of proof, meaning you need evidence to support your case. Accidents involving personal injuries require sufficient evidence of the defendant’s fault and your physical, financial, and emotional losses. Our team can handle your claim to establish a strong case.
We Will Handle the Insurance Companies for You
Insurance companies can take advantage of families who need compensation to cover immediate expenses. Insurance representatives may not inform you of all the total amount you may be eligible to claim, and you could end up with less than you deserve.
Our legal team will review details about the accident and related consequences to calculate the potential maximum compensation amount. We can also negotiate on your behalf with the insurance representatives to fight for the highest compensation possible.
Get the Attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson on Your Side for Peace of Mind
Jack Bernstein and Scott Poisson have more than 60 years of combined legal experience. For decades, they have fought to get their clients compensation for their losses and have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for clients.
Nevada lawyers can charge thousands of dollars to simply answer questions. At Bernstein & Poisson, the team works on a contingency-fee basis. You do not pay unless we win your case. Contact us today about your car accident claim.