Hit and Run Accidents in Las Vegas
In the event that someone injures another person or damages their property, they have a legal obligation to remain at the scene and get the collision figured out. If the perpetrators flee the scene it can cause complications for anyone in the area of the accident.
For example, victims will have a hard time getting the compensation they deserve, and innocent people may even be charged with damages they did not cause. If you’ve been wrongly charged with damages or if you seek settlement for a hit and run, give us a call immediately. We can determine what evidence is available for your case as well as coordinate with the police on the evidence that is available for determining who is liable for any damages incurred.
Giving Partial or Incomplete Information
Nevada law requires those involved in a car accident to share their names, addresses, VIN, driver licenses, and insurance information. The law also requires that this information is shared with police officers. Not supplying the necessary information to an officer can result in a misdemeanor or felony charge. In addition, if someone doesn’t provide you with this information that you are entitled to they are essentially complicating the insurance and settlement process – a fact that should definitely be shared in a civil case for a victim seeking compensation.
The consequences of leaving an automobile property accident without providing information included up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, and up to six demerit points added to the perpetrator’s license. If the accident caused a death or personal injury, the consequences increase to a maximum of fifteen years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000, and even a license revocation.
In the event that you ever find yourself having caused an accident, it’s important to not exacerbate the mistake by fleeing the scene. If alcohol, drugs, or panicking caused you to leave the scene it may be advisable to contact the authorities afterwards.
After all, the consequences for getting caught for fleeing a scene are much greater than coming forward about such a mistake. But before making any decision about contacting the authorities it’s important to receive legal guidance on your situation.
If you are a victim of a car accident you are also held responsible to contact the police. In the event that you are too injured to do so, someone else in the car or nearby area assumes that responsibility. If a report is filed by authorities then you’re in the clear and have nothing to worry about. But if they don’t arrive to the scene or aren’t alerted when the accident happens, it’s your duty to report the damage within ten days along with the information of those involved and an estimate the losses incurred.
Have You Been Accused of Fleeing an Accident?
If you have been criminally charged with a hit and run, or if you are being sued for such an event, we can provide you with the legal defense you need. You have the right to fight any charge or accusation that is brought against you but it’s important to act quickly and represent yourself with professional counsel right away.
At Muslusky Law we know how stressful it can be to be charged for an accident that you may have not caused. There are also a lot of downsides to battling these charges which range from time spent away from work to a ruined reputation. We can assist you through this difficult process by advising you on everything from getting your car back if it was taken in by the police, to speaking to the police.
Having a lawyer that is skilled in defending hit and run clients will definitely go a long way in ensuring that you succeed in getting your charges reduced or fully dropped.
Free Hit and Run Consultations
If you need legal representation to defend your case in a court, give us a call. We can provide you with a free evaluation that will determine what evidence is available and the best way forward.
At Muslusky Law we can also advocate for compensation that you are entitled to, should the police catch the person liable for a hit and run accident.