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Car Accidents: When You Almost Always Need a Lawyer

It does not matter if you are involved in a minor fender bender or if you have suffered serious injuries as a result of a Nevada car accident. In either scenario, it is best to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Even if you do not move forward with your claim using legal counsel — not exactly a recommended path — having a consultation with one is important for you to understand your available options under the law.

Types of Accidents

Beyond this, however, some accidents have laws or rules that are difficult to navigate without the help of competent and experienced counsel. Below are some examples of accidents that are best resolved with the assistance of a personal injury attorney.

  • Rental Car Accidents: victims of Nevada rental car accidents may be able to file a lawsuit based on negligence not only against the at-fault driver but also the rental car company. Under Nevada law, rental car companies must pay up to $25,000.00 in the event of an accident when no other coverage exists. If the injured party is not adequately compensated by the at-fault driver’s personal insurance coverage, the rental car company must pay up to $50,000.00 per accident.
  • School Zone Accidents: these types of accidents can be especially dangerous because most pedestrians and reasonable drivers who are located in a school zone do not anticipate drivers to operate their cars recklessly by speeding or otherwise violating traffic laws. If an at-fault driver has violated the law, he or she can be found per se (or automatically) liable. Sometimes, the school district or city may be held liable if there was a failure to protect students, drivers, and others from dangerous situations (like a road hazard).
  • Company Car Accidents: if you are hurt in a truck or car accident in a company vehicle, determining how to proceed with a claim can be complex. An attorney can help you understand how Nevada’s comparative negligence doctrine applies to your case to determine liability. Likewise, he or she can examine the facts of your case to see if vicarious liability applies to the at-fault driver’s employer or another third party.
  • Third Party Accidents: when there are multiple vehicles involved, or multiple parties that may be found liable for damages suffered, a personal injury claim can become quite complicated very quickly. A competent legal team will consider the full range of possibilities for recovering monetary compensation. In addition to the other driver parties from whom you may seek recovery include any other drivers involved, a company that left a hazard on the road, a driver’s employer, or even a bar that overserved a driver who was intoxicated. 

Legal Help in Nevada


Getting involved in a car accident is stressful. Do not try to handle this on your own, as your case may be more complicated than you anticipate. The skilled Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at Matt Pfau Law Group are here to help you and your loved ones through this difficult time. Contact us today to learn how we can fight for the compensation you deserve.

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