Car accidents. The phrase conjures up all sorts of unpleasant mental imagery.
Car accidents cause property damage, injure, and sometimes even kill those involved.
As if car accidents in and of themselves weren't bad enough, things
just got a little more difficult in Las Vegas for those involved in motor
vehicle collisions. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD)
announced that it will no longer investigate or write reports on what
they deem non-injury car accidents. It is now the responsibility of the
drivers involved in the car accident to exchange identification and insurance
When car accidents occur,
serious physical injuries are often not immediately apparent. Frequently, particularly in the case
of neck and back injuries, it may take some time for pain to become noticeable.
If you find that you or someone you know was hurt in a car accident, seek
prompt medical attention and contact our law firm to see if we can help
you obtain full compensation for your medical expenses, injuries, and
pain and suffering.
Suggested Protocol For Las Vegas Car Accidents
When involved in a car accident, call 9-1-1 immediately. If physical injuries
from the car accident are not immediately apparent, the police will refuse
to respond. Those involved in car accidents will be asked to take the
- Pull over when safe to do so;
- Take a picture, if it is safe to do so, to visually document the damage;
- Exchange information with the other driver;
- Obtain all personal information from the other driver(s) involved, including
name, address, phone number, driver’s license number and state of issuance;
- Obtain insurance information from the other driver(s) including the name
of the insurance company, policy number, and expiration date of the policy;
- Obtain the year, make, model, and license plate number, including state
of issuance of all vehicle(s) involved. Also, obtain the name and address
of the registered owner and the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN);
- Obtain the name(s) and phone number(s) of passengers in the vehicle, along
with the name(s) and phone number(s) of any witnesses to the crash;
- Document everything on a Report of Accident Form known as an SR-1 Form
(O&E lawyers will be happy to assist you with this step. Call us at
(702) 904-8858 for immediate assistance);
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible (O&E lawyers will
be happy to assist you with this step. Call us at (702) 904-8858 for immediate
If the other party to the car accident does not have insurance, make sure
you document that fact on the SR-1 form. If you encounter an uncooperative
driver, who will not give you his or her information, please call the police.
Car accidents can become a nightmare without proper assistance. If you
are involved in a car accident and need assistance, please feel free to
call our office. We are happy to help.