Car Accidents

Car Accident Lawyer

Being in a car accident is a traumatic experience, and the process of handling a car accident claim without an attorney can be just as bad. When you work with a lawyer with experience in handling car accidents, your likelihood of financial recovery against the liable parties and insurance companies for the injuries and property damage you have suffered greatly increases. Let us help guide you through the legal process to get you the compensation to take care of medical bills, lost income, and other problems that an injury could potentially cost you.

Bay Law is committed to providing excellent customer service combined with knowledge and experience to provide the best possible outcome on your case. At no point will you be alone in your fight against the insurance company or the parties responsible for causing you damage. Give our office a call to set up a free consultation.

Why Do We Say “Get Better With Bay?”

When you are injured after a car accident occurs, the maze of insurance phone calls, choices, and uncertainty starts. Some call it a “game” whereby information, advice, and noise comes at you from all sides. Normal people are not familiar with the intricacies of properly handling accident dealings. The people most injured are rarely ready, equipped, or healthy enough to navigate this process. Insurance companies, whether yours or the one representing the driver who hit you, often aggressively try to limit liability and potential costs associated with the accident. The kindness extended by insurance companies often masks their true purpose. By sending you to their doctors, their specialists, and their car repair facilities you are playing by their rules and ultimately can be further victimized. Bay Law truly takes your side in car accident cases, navigating you through this “game.” From finding medical care from the right doctors to getting you fairly compensated for lost time and pain and suffering. That’s what getting better really means. That’s why we say “Get Better With Bay.”

How Much Is My Accident Case Worth?

Every case is unique, and the value of your accident case depends on how serious you have been hurt. For instance, a case involving just chiropractic care will have a very different value then a case with permanent disability and surgery recommendations. A case on the low side may be worth several thousand dollars. A case on the high side could reach into the five or six figure area. Of course, there are outlier cases as well worth millions of dollars that deal with unique circumstances. The best way to figure out what your case is worth is to give our experienced attorneys a call to discuss.

What Kinds of Insurance Exist to Pay for An Accident?

Under Nevada state law, all drivers are required to carry a minimum of $25,000.00 in bodily injury coverage per person/$50,000.00 in coverage per accident for two or more persons. This coverage is often grossly inadequate to compensate a personal injury victim, and so many people purchase higher liability coverage amounts. However, in the event you are stuck with a liable driver who only has this minimum coverage, it is important to have coverage under your insurance policy to make up the difference. These additional coverages you can purchase include medical payments coverage (medpay) and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. These coverages will allow you to file claims against your own insurance company for injury expenses you incur.

How Much Does a Personal Injury Attorney Cost?

Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no up-front costs for retaining our office. We assume the financial risk of taking your case on, front all costs, and recover nothing unless we win for you.

Do I Need A Police Report?

A police report is crucial evidence used by an insurance company to determine fault in a case. It is important to call the police to the scene any time you are involved in an accident where you may be injured. The police will take down all the vital information for the accident, help the drivers exchange information, and make an initial determination about fault. When filing a claim, the insurance company will be looking at the police report along with the statements of the parties in making a liability decision. Without a police report, the insurance company can delay processing your claim or deny liability altogether based upon the statements of their own insured.

What Kind of Damages Can I Get in An Accident Case?

Depending upon the circumstances of the case, you could be entitled to the following:

  • Property damage: repair or total loss pay out of the vehicle involved in the accident along with other incidentals like rental car reimbursement.
  • Past Medical Costs: costs related to doctor’s visits, therapy visits, diagnostic studies and other specialized care.
  • Future Medical Costs: costs related to future procedure and surgical costs, device costs, and other equipment.
  • Past Wage Loss: income lost for taking off time due to injuries.
  • Loss of Earning Capacity: income that you will lose in the future due to a disability that affects your ability to make the same amount you did before the accident.
  • General Damages: damages such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium that are harder to quantify and subjective.

You are responsible for proving all of your damages and their value. This is why it is important to hire an experienced attorney who can assess the damages you are entitled to and how best to strategize obtaining the maximum recovery.

How is Fault Determined in Nevada?

Nevada is an at-fault insurance state, meaning that the driver who is at fault for the accident is responsible for paying. You can file a claim against the adverse driver that hit you so long as you can prove you are not at fault. Nevada also has a comparative fault statute, which means parties can share fault for an accident based upon an assigned percentage of fault to each party.

For example, if your case was worth $100,000.00, and you were 35% at fault, the at-fault insurance company would be responsible for paying for 65% of the loss, or $65,000.00. It is important to note that under Nevada law, no person who is more than 50% at fault for an accident is entitled to compensation.

What is the Statute of Limitations on a Personal Injury Claim?

A statute of limitations is a time limit to file a claim. Under Nevada law, a victim has two years to file a claim for injury compensation. Thus, it is important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident so that there is no delay in establishing a claim.