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Hit-and-run accidents have increased in frequency in Las Vegas and across the nation in recent years. Reckless, drunk, distracted and aggressive drivers may cause serious car accidents and take off before taking accountability. Hit-and-run can make it difficult to obtain compensation for your damages as a victim. If you or someone you know is the victim of a hit and run crash, contact our Las Vegas hit and run accident attorneys at Claggett & Sykes Law Firm for a free consultation. We may be able to help you recover compensation, with or without the identity of the at-fault driver.
It can be difficult enough to negotiate a typical car accident case in Nevada, in which you know the identity of the at-fault party and he or she has adequate insurance. When the responsible driver flees the scene before you can get his or her name – or perhaps even a description of the vehicle – it can be harder to obtain fair compensation. Hiring a lawyer can open your eyes to the potential legal options at your disposal. Your lawyer can help you gather any available evidence to try to build a claim to damages against an at-fault party. Your lawyer could also help you negotiate a fair compensatory award from your own insurance provider after a hit-and-run, if necessary.
Nevada is a fault-based insurance state. If the police find the driver at fault for causing your crash, that driver’s insurance company may owe you a settlement to pay for your medical bills, lost wages and vehicle repairs. Unfortunately, the police only apprehend a small percentage of hit-and-run drivers. A lack of information about the at-fault driver could make it impossible to identify him or her for the purpose of bringing a claim.
If the police never identify the person who caused your property damages, personal injuries or a loved one’s death, you may have to seek compensation from your insurance provider instead. A first-party claim may succeed if you have uninsured or underinsured (UM or UIM) car insurance on your policy. UM insurance will cover your damages after a hit-and-run accident as if a driver without insurance crashed into you. Your own insurance provider may offer a settlement to cover your damages up to the limits of your UM/UIM policy.
You may also be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against another party that contributed to your hit-and-run crash, such as a car manufacturer for a defective vehicle or the City of Las Vegas for a dangerous roadway. A successful insurance claim and/or car accident lawsuit could end in compensation for several damages.
A Las Vegas personal injury lawyer from Claggett & Sykes Law Firm can review your hit-and-run case for free to determine if a party other than the driver may be liable for your damages. If so, we can evaluate the potential value of your case and help you bring a lawsuit by Nevada’s deadline.
If you have injuries from a recent hit-and-run accident in Las Vegas, do not hesitate to contact us for a free initial consultation. Our attorneys can help you with a third-party insurance claim, first-party claim or personal injury lawsuit. Our lawyers are available 24/7 to discuss your case for free. Please call (702) 333-7777 today.
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