The Las Vegas Police Department recently announced a change in their policy – they will no longer be responding to non-injury motor vehicle accidents. Property damage only accidents, or "fender benders," no longer warrant police action. There are some exceptions to this rule. The LVPD announced six different types of accidents that they will always respond to:
- Accidents that cause injury or death
- Accidents involving a drunk or drugged driver
- Accidents involving an unlicensed or uninsured driver
- Hit and run – "leaving the scene" – accidents
- Accidents resulting in a disabled vehicle on the road/highway
- Accidents involving disorderly or uncooperative drivers
How will the LVPD's new rule affect you?
The LVPD's decision places a greater responsibility on drivers involved in non-injury car accidents. With many car accidents, drivers rely heavily on police reports for insurance purposes. Without police accident reports, you must be sure to compile the evidence necessary to file a thorough auto insurance claim. This includes:
- Taking a picture of the accident and surrounding environment (road conditions, weather conditions, etc.)
- Exchanging information with the other drivers and passengers involved (insurance information, names, addresses, and phone numbers)
- Writing down what happened before you forget. Accidents happen quick, making it easy to forget the details.
Las Vegas is not the only city to implement this type change – Reno and Carson City police do not respond to non-injury crashes either. The LVPD is overwhelmed, and had to be more selective with how they utilize their resources.
If you were involved in a car accident, contact Shook & Stone. Our goal as car accident lawyers is to help you secure maximum financial compensation. After an accident, you have enough to worry about. Let us take care of the details.