A car accident reported in Reno, Nevada resulted in one serious injury for a victim of the crash. Reno Police Department (“RPD”) responded to the scene of a vehicle crash on South Rock Boulevard around 4:30 pm. Authorities reported that a head-on collision took place near the Reno-Tahoe International Airport on just north of Reactor Way, on South Rock Boulevard. The collision caused significant property damage to the vehicles involved and trapped one victim inside a car. First responders removed the crash victim from the vehicle and rushed the person to a local hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries from the collision. Authorities report that a second person was treated as a result of the crash, but for minor injuries. The accident still remains under investigation.
Nevada Car Accidents
Car accidents in the state of Nevada claim the lives of nearly 300 people each year. Those who are left with injuries resulting from Nevada car accidents annually are in the thousands. These car accidents can result in significant injuries that may require hospitalization and continuing medical treatment. While there are many treatment options available to car accident victims, many end up with permanent impairments that impact their daily-lives and well-being forever. Although there are many ways drivers can protect themselves and their loved ones while on the road, many innocent passengers and drivers may still end up being harmed through no fault of their own because of others’ reckless, negligent, and careless behavior.
Nevada Car Accident Laws
Whether or not fault matters in a car accident when it comes to legal responsibility is dependent upon the state and the applicable laws. Because Nevada is an at-fault state, also referred to as a “tort” state, the person who is found to be to blame for the car accident will be held financially and legally liable for resulting injuries or damages.
In a no-fault state, the driver does not need to prove who was at fault for the car accident. Therefore, insurance claim payments are not dependent upon determining responsibility. In an at-fault state, like Nevada, in order for monetary compensation to be paid for a car accident the injured party must show that someone else was responsible for the crash and the resulting accidents. When this is established, the at-fault party’s car insurance company will pay compensation for the injuries and damages.
Moreover, Nevada operates under the legal doctrine of modified comparative negligence. This is commonly referred to as a “shared fault” rule allowing the proportional recovery for all parties involved in the car accident if they are found to be less than 50% at fault for their own injuries or damages. If the party is found to be more than 50 % responsible, then he or she is barred from recovering monetary compensation.
Legal Help in Nevada
If you have been involved in a Nevada car accident, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at H&P Law. Car accidents can cause both physical and financial issues; medical bills can pile up and recovering for harm can take time. Do not get overwhelmed. Instead, seek out the monetary compensation you deserve. Contact us today at one of our offices in Las Vegas or Henderson.