Motor Vehicle Accident FAQ
As the leading cause of personal injury and fatality incidents in America,
motor vehicle accidents can involve a variety of situations.
truck accidents, and
motorcycle accidents are some of the more common forms of road traffic collisions. In addition,
bicycle accidents and
pedestrian accidents involving automobiles also routinely occur. In order to ensure that you
are well-informed about your rights to compensation, our experienced attorneys
from Shook & Stone have compiled answers to some of the most frequently
asked questions about motor vehicle accidents and
personal injury claims.
What should I do when I am involved and / or injured in a motor vehicle
Most importantly, all injured parties should seek immediate or emergency
medical attention if their injuries require it. You should also obtain
as much information as possible from all the parties involved, including
driver license information, addresses, phone numbers, and insurance information.
If witnesses, bystanders, or drivers of other vehicles have come to help,
you should also obtain their information. Taking pictures at the scene
and writing down the events of the accident while it is still fresh in
your mind is also a wise decision.
Should I see a doctor even if I don't feel seriously injured?
It is always recommended that you see a doctor after being in a car accident.
Often times, there are many injuries that do not become apparent until
days or weeks later. Some of these can include whiplash, which can seriously
damage the neck and spinal cord, and head trauma, which can lead to serious
brain injury if not properly handled. Make sure that you report any type
of discomfort to your physician, no matter how minor. In addition to giving
you a proper medical examination, a doctor can also help you determine
the exact amount of your bodily damages, which you will need to submit
to the insurance company in order to get compensated.
Should I contact the police?
Yes. Even if the injuries involved were not serious enough to necessitate
emergency medical attention, it is always important to contact emergency
services or law enforcement agencies after an accident. Having an objective
and reputable third party to collect statements and to assess the situation
is always beneficial. In the event that
drunk driving was involved, law enforcement agencies can take the necessary actions.
How does a personal injury claim work with motor vehicle accidents?
A personal injury claim must establish two main elements: 1) your injury
was the direct result of the motor vehicle accident, and 2) the accident
was caused by another's fault, negligence, or carelessness. An attorney
from Shook & Stone can evaluate your case to determine the extent
of negligence involved and how you may benefit from a personal injury claim.
If I was not at fault, how will compensation be determined?
Compensation will be awarded in three separate categories: economic damages,
non-economic damages, and punitive damages. Economic damages will include
any medical bills you incurred as the result of your injuries and the
lost wages or any
loss of future earnings if your injury prevented you from working. Non-economic damages are the
emotional damages you suffered, which can include compensation for your
pain, emotional trauma, and any loss in the quality or enjoyment of life
that you may have experienced. Punitive damages may be awarded in certain
cases to further punish the negligence of those at fault. Cases involving
drunk drivers or
distracted drivers often award punitive damages.
What should I do if the other driver leaves the scene of the accident?
If a driver has hit your car and left the scene of the accident, then this
is called a hit-and-run. Drivers are required by law to get out of their
car and exchange information in the event of a collision. If a driver
has hit a parked car, they are still required to leave a note with their
You should try to get the license plate number, and the make and model
of the vehicle, even if it is only partial information. A description
of the driver can also be helpful. If you are unable to provide this,
then a lawyer from our firm may still be able to help you get compensated
with Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists' insurance (UM/UIM). In
most states, UM/UIM insurance comes with any basic package. To see if
you already have this type of insurance, contact your insurance agent.
If the other driver's insurance company contacts me, what should I
If the insurance company of the other driver gets a hold of you, you are
not required by law to answer any of their questions. In fact, you should
wait until talking to one of our lawyers before you give any statements
because whatever you say can be used against you. Insurance companies
often try to deceive accident victims into saying something that will
cause them to be liable for something that wasn't their fault. We
recommend that you give them our name and contact information, and advise
them to speak with us.
If I had to take time off of work, will I be able to get reimbursed?
If you've had to take sick days, vacation days, or lost benefits to
recover from your accident, then you should absolutely get compensated
for your losses. Once we help you prove the driver is at fault, you will
most likely be able to get reimbursed. If you have injuries that have
permanently prevented you from working, or lessened your earning capacity,
then you may also be entitled to those losses. Be sure to keep careful
record of any time that you have missed or will miss from work through
time sheets, pay stubs or any other form of documentation that would indicate
you have lost earnings from this accident.
Do I need a personal injury lawyer?
Federal and state law does not require injured victims to have legal representation
when filing a personal injury claim, but having an experienced and qualified
attorney on your side can make the difference between being short-changed
by unfair insurance settlements and receiving the compensation you deserve.
How much will it cost to talk to an attorney from your firm about my accident?
Not only will we give you a free initial consultation, but our firm will
not charge you a cent until you win. You will not be charged anything
up front, and we will only receive a percentage of your total winnings
when you are awarded compensation. We want to make sure that we are as
invested in your case as you are.
Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney for Assistance
Shook & Stone has recovered more than $500 million in compensation
for our clients since first establishing the firm in 1997. With more than
85 years of combined experience and a legal team dedicated to providing
compassionate support and knowledgeable legal assistance to victims injured
in motor vehicle accidents, you can be confident that we know how to get
you fair compensation. Motor vehicle accidents will always vary from case
to case, and it is crucial to your favorable resolution that you have
an attorney from our firm evaluate your personal circumstances. If you
have more questions or if you wish to set up a free case evaluation,
contact Shook & Stone today.