Pedestrian Accident Cases
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Las Vegas is the city that never sleeps. This makes for a great night life, but it also makes for a lot of pedestrian accidents. Las Vegas, in fact, is one of the most dangerous cities in the country for pedestrians. The combination of 24-hour foot traffic and inadequate sidewalk space is often deadly. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you need to speak with the Las Vegas personal injury attorney at Burris & Thomas, LLC.
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How to Hold Negligent Parties Responsible
Negligent, distracted driving is the leading cause of pedestrian accidents, and there are plenty of things to distract drivers in Las Vegas. Drugs and alcohol can play a significant role as well.
Some of the leading causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Turning right or left across crosswalks without seeing pedestrians
- Backing out of driveways or parking spaces without checking for pedestrians
- Failing to notice and yield to pedestrians on the street
- Speeding through suburban neighborhoods where children are playing
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The sooner you act, the better your chances can be for recovery and compensation.
Nevada state law gives accident victims two years to file a claim before the statute of limitations goes into effect, but you shouldn't wait that long! The more time that goes by, the harder it is to conduct an investigation, demonstrate liability, and collect damages. Whether your injuries put you in the hospital or resulted in minor pains, you need a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer with pedestrian accident experience.
There is no way to undue the accident, but there are ways to help you receive adequate compensation for the damage done. Contact Burris & Thomas, LLC for a free evaluation.
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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.