Las Vegas Hit and Run Accident Attorney
Injured in a Hit and Run Accident?
Though it's illegal for drivers to flee the scene of a car crash, hit-and-run accidents are becoming increasingly commonplace across the country-especially in major cities like Las Vegas with a high concentration of cars and people. Hit-and-run accidents represent a threat to drivers and pedestrians alike with recent studies suggesting that 60% of individuals killed in hit-and-run collisions are pedestrians.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit-and-run accident, you will need more than normal Las Vegas car accident lawyers. Call Burris & Thomas, LLC today. For more than 45 years, their skilled Las Vegas car accident attorney has stood for the rights of injury victims, helping them recover fair compensation for medical bills, loss of income, and more.
45+ Years of Experience With Injury Claims
How Hit and Run Accidents Happen in Las Vegas?
Highly populated metro areas like Las Vegas are uniquely vulnerable to hit-and-run accidents for a variety of reasons. Though it might seem that more people would yield more witnesses, the bystander effect actually makes it less likely for someone to intervene on behalf of the victim. They assume someone else will, making it easier for the perpetrator to escape notice. This means a hit-and-run is the worst type of Las Vegas accident you could have.
Drivers may flee the scene of an automobile accident for a variety of reasons, but most often it is because:
- They are intoxicated or fear they might be.
- They are driving without a license.
- They are a young and inexperienced driver.
How Our Accident Attorneys Can Help
Las Vegas roads are full of drivers that are young, inexperienced, or intoxicated, resulting in a large amount of hit-and-run accidents. Las Vegas car accident lawyer Steven M. Burris has been helping accident victims recover compensation for more than 45 years. If you're in need of a personal injury lawyer, there is simply no need to look any further.
Steven M. Burris was voted as the "Top Personal Injury Lawyer" by Las Vegas Life magazine, and he is a Badger Award recipient-the highest honor given by the Nevada Justice Association.
Put 45+ years of experience to work for you. Contact our Las Vegas attorneys at (702) 529-3101 to schedule a free consultation.
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How much is my case worth?
There are many factors that go into evaluating the settlement value of a personal injury case. It is not a simple matter of applying a formula. Typically, everyone thinks that their case is “simple” and “clear-cut”. Everyone tends to think that the amount of money they are seeking is “fair and reasonable”. That is human nature. However, the reality is that, in the end, a personal injury case is worth what a jury says it is worth. The job of the victim’s personal injury lawyer is to come up with a settlement that reflects the risk of going to trial (odds of winning vs. odds of losing), together with the range of what value a jury might actually return on the case.
In deciding settlement values, we need to consider the following:
- Is fault clear, or contested?
- Are the injuries severe or mild?
- Is there an issue with insurance coverage?
- Is the client a good communicator?
- Is the defendant/wrongdoer likable or unlikable?
Normally, I am able to give a very general estimate range of settlement value and odds soon after taking on a case, with the understanding that these are just estimates and not guarantees. The longer the case goes on, the more definite I can be about the settlement value range.
Do I have a personal injury case?
It is often times said by attorneys that in order for there to be a viable personal injury case, there must be “three legs on the stool.” These legs are: liability (or fault); damages (or injury); and collectability (insurance). If any one of the “legs” is missing, then there is not a viable case.
- Liability - A clear example of liability would be someone running through a red light. That person would be at fault. On the other hand, let us say that somebody is hit by a meteorite falling from the sky, and seriously hurt. In that case, although there is injury, there is no earthly entity at fault.
- Damages - An example of damages would be someone getting hit in the nose by an airbag, which breaks their nose. That person has an injury caused by the collision. On the other hand, what if that same person is almost hit by a car running a red light, but by the grace of God is able to avoid the collision? That person might say “I was almost killed, but I didn’t get a scratch.” In that case, the person was not injured and there is no case.
- Collectability - To give an example of collectability, imagine that a drunk driver runs through a red light, and the driver is Donald Trump. In that case, if Donald Trump hit and injured someone when he ran the red light, the victim will be able to collect upon any judgment that they receive. Imagine, on the other hand, that the drunk driver is someone who just got out of prison, and has no insurance and no property. Although that person will probably go to jail, there is no practical way to collect money from him, as he is a “scofflaw” living outside responsibilities of society.
What Is the Nevada Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases?
When it comes to filing a personal injury lawsuit, it's important to pay attention to the statute of limitations for the state you're filing in. A statute of limitations is the time limit that a state puts on how long after your accident you are allowed to file a personal injury lawsuit. Statutes vary from state to state.
Nev. Rev. Stat. § 11.190(4)(e) (2016) states that individuals wishing to file a personal injury lawsuit must do so within 2 years of the date of their accident. However, there are certain exceptions that can be made depending on your circumstances. For example, if you have been injured as a result of medical malpractice, you generally only have 1 year to file your lawsuit after the date of your injury (Nevada Revised Statutes section 41A.097).
Statute of limitations can be complex, and if you fail to file your lawsuit within the allotted amount of time your case will most likely be dismissed. Don't put your compensation on the line! Contact our experienced Las Vegas personal injury attorneys today to schedule a free consultation and determine what your next steps should be.