Published: June 27, 2024 | Jack Bernstein

Been in a “minor” car accident in Las Vegas? No injuries, no big deal, right? Not necessarily. Nevada has a “no injury, no response” law for car accidents. This means the police might not show up, leaving you unsure of what to do next. Don’t get caught off guard. Jack Bernstein Injury Lawyers can guide you through this confusing situation and protect your rights.

Understanding “No Injury, No Response” Accidents in Nevada

In Nevada, the “no injury, no response” law means exactly what it sounds like. If a car accident results in no injuries and the property damage is less than $750, the police are not required to respond to the scene.

Why does this law exist? It’s a matter of prioritizing resources. By not responding to minor accidents, police can focus on more serious incidents where their presence is critical.

What It Means and When It Applies:

  • No Injuries: If no one is hurt, the police won’t automatically come to the scene.
  • Property Damage Under $750: If the estimated damage to vehicles or property is below this threshold, it falls under the “no injury, no response” category.

Common Misconceptions About the Law:

One common misunderstanding is that the police won’t respond if injuries are minor. This isn’t true. If anyone is injured, even slightly, or if someone requests medical attention, the police are required to respond.

The key point is that the law only applies when there are absolutely no injuries and the property damage is minimal.

What to Do After a “No Injury, No Response” Accident

Don’t panic if you find yourself in a minor fender bender where the police don’t respond. There are still important steps you need to take to protect yourself and your potential claim.

Immediate Steps at the Scene (Even if Police Don’t Come):

Even if it seems like a minor incident, taking the following actions is crucial:

  1. Ensure Safety First: Check yourself and any passengers for injuries. If anyone is hurt, call 911 immediately. If it’s safe, move your vehicles out of the flow of traffic.
  2. Call the Police: Even if they don’t send an officer, report the accident. Explain the situation and follow their instructions. This creates an official record of the incident.
  3. Exchange Information: Get the other driver’s name, contact details (phone number, email), driver’s license number, and insurance information. If there were passengers, get their information as well.
  4. Document Everything: Take photos and videos of the scene from various angles. Capture the damage to both vehicles, the position of the vehicles on the road, any relevant traffic signs or signals, and any contributing factors like weather conditions. If there are any witnesses, get their names and contact information.
  5. Report to the DMV: You must file a report with the Nevada DMV within 10 days of the accident, even if the police didn’t respond. This is a legal requirement.

What If You Later Develop Symptoms?

It’s not uncommon for injuries to appear hours or even days after an accident. The adrenaline and shock from the incident can initially mask pain. If you experience any pain or discomfort, even if it seems minor, seek medical attention right away.

Be sure to tell your doctor about the accident and describe all your symptoms in detail. This will create a medical record linking your injuries to the car accident, which can be crucial if you later decide to file a claim.

Dealing with Insurance Companies After a “No Injury, No Response” Accident

Without a police report, dealing with insurance companies can feel like navigating a minefield. They might try to downplay the accident or even pin the blame on you. Here’s how to protect yourself:

The Importance of Evidence:

Evidence is your best friend after a “no injury, no response” accident. Since there’s no official police report to rely on, you’ll need to build your case.

Here’s what can make a difference:

  • Photos and Videos: Visual proof of the accident scene, vehicle damage, and even your initial lack of visible injuries can be incredibly powerful.
  • Witness Statements: If anyone saw the accident, their statements can help corroborate your account of what happened.
  • Your Written Account: Write down everything you remember about the accident while it’s still fresh in your mind. Include details about the weather, road conditions, the other driver’s behavior, and how the accident unfolded. This can be crucial in establishing fault.

Remember, the burden of proof lies with you. The more evidence you have, the stronger your claim will be.

Tips for Communicating with Insurance Adjusters:

Dealing with insurance adjusters can be intimidating, but remember, you have rights. Here’s how to handle those conversations:

  • Be Polite, But Don’t Admit Fault: Be courteous and cooperative, but avoid making any statements that could be interpreted as admitting fault. Stick to the facts.
  • Provide All Your Evidence: Share all the photos, videos, witness statements, and your written account with the insurance adjuster.
  • Keep Records: Document every conversation you have with the insurance company, including the date, time, name of the person you spoke with, and a summary of what was discussed.
  • Consult an Attorney Before Accepting a Settlement: Insurance companies may offer a quick settlement, but it’s often far less than what you deserve. An attorney can review the offer and help you negotiate for fair compensation.

How Jack Bernstein Injury Lawyers Can Help

“No injury, no response” accidents can lead to unexpected complications, especially when dealing with insurance companies. That’s where we step in.

We Can Help You Navigate the Legal Challenges:

Without a police report, proving fault and the extent of your damages can be difficult. The claims process can quickly become overwhelming, but you don’t have to face it alone.

Jack Bernstein Injury Lawyers has the experience and resources to handle the complexities of these cases. We specialize in:

  • Gathering Evidence: We’ll meticulously gather and preserve all available evidence, including photos, videos, witness statements, and medical records, to build the strongest possible case for you.
  • Negotiating with Insurance Companies: We know the tactics insurance companies use to minimize payouts and will skillfully negotiate on your behalf to ensure you receive fair compensation.
  • Representing Clients in Court: If a fair settlement cannot be reached, we’re prepared to take your case to court and fight for your rights.
  • Handling Cases with Delayed Injuries: We understand that some injuries don’t manifest right away. We’ll work with medical experts to document your injuries and ensure they’re properly accounted for in your claim.

Don’t Let a Minor Accident Turn into a Major Headache:

Even a seemingly minor accident can have long-lasting consequences. Don’t let insurance companies dismiss your injuries or pressure you into accepting a low settlement.

At Jack Bernstein Injury Lawyers, we’ll fight for your rights and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. We offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay us if we win your case.

Ready to get the help you need? Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. We’re here to guide you through the legal process and fight for your best interests.

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