Author: Steve Dimopoulos

Police Reports After Car Accidents

Police report after a car accident
A police report makes proving your case to insurance companies or lawsuits a lot easier.

When you’re in a car accident in Las Vegas, Nevada, other than ensuring you and/or passengers are well, one of the first things you should do is call the police. If you call the police, even if you are in a minor accident, the officer will create a report to document what happened at the scene. Their reports usually contain driver statements, all drivers’ license information, witness statements, and insurance information. A police report makes proving your case to insurance companies or lawsuits a lot easier. It’s important to get this document as soon as you can because it will allow you to receive your entitled financial compensation in the event you’re in a lawsuit.

While you may have the police report in hand, it is important to note that insurance companies will be the ones to determine who is at fault for the accident. The police report gives them the information needed to determine who is at fault while they conduct their own crash investigation. Police reports do not place liability on any person, but they will likely say who the officer believes to be at fault. Don’t fret if you are believed to be at fault. The reporting officer is usually not a direct witness and thus can’t say what happened for sure. The document is simply a summary of the accident. This is why photos are so important to collect in your case. Photos make it easier for all investigating parties to determine what happened.

It is still imperative that you receive your police report because it allows your accident attorney to know what the police believe happened. If it is believed to be your fault, your attorney will be able to create a plan of action based on witness accounts and evidence supporting their claim. Your attorney wants to help you! The police report is the first step to getting your entitled compensation.

How to Find Your Police Report

While the police officer is taking your information and statement, give them your contact information. When you’re able, ask them when you can expect the accident report to be ready so you can pick it up. The pickup date will vary and depending on the department, you may be able to collect the report online. Sometimes the pickup date is a few days from the accident, other times it can be a month. Check-in with the police department around the estimated time to see if the report is available. If you’re unable to receive your police report online or through the police within the appropriate timeframe, you may go to your local DMV. They will tell you how to get a copy of your accident report.

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Car accidents are already a headache to deal with alone. Contact Dimopoulos Injury Law for a free consultation and a helping hand to negotiate with the insurance companies and any potential lawsuits. We’ll gladly review your case to let you know how we can help you. We operate on a contingency fee, which means that you don’t pay anything unless we win your case! There are many ways your case with insurance companies or lawsuits can go wrong. Call us today at 702-800-6000 to build a proper strategy with your claim.

Auto Accidents in Nevada: Saferoads Report 2021 Summary

The Safety Report discusses transportation safety and what actions should be taken to prevent increased accident rates.

In 2020:

  • Fewer people wearing seatbelts because roads are emptier
  • People going at increased speeds because of emptier roads
  • Driving impaired or distracted
  • “The 2021 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws from Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) outlines clear, confirmed and consistently proven countermeasures.”

In 2019:

  • 36,000 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes – leading cause of death for people in U.S.
  • 7 million police-reported crashes
  • 2.7 million people were injured
  • 10,142 deaths from crashes involving a drunk driver
  • In crashes involving a distracted driver, 3,142 people were killed— a 10% increase from 2018

Changes Needed in 2021 to Impact Accident Rates

State laws have a direct impact on safety behavior. The statistics demonstrate a lack of or missing proper laws. The Safety Report has determined that an additional 390 laws need to be signed across ALL states and Washington DC to meet the Advocates’ recommendations.

In 2021, the Advocates hope that by outlining specific federal laws that should take place and implementing specific solutions on a state level, the safety rating and crash statistics should improve drastically.

Advanced Vehicle Safety Technology

The Safety Report has determined that advanced technology that has helped avoid or lessen crashes be standard production rather than an add-on to a vehicle. Automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning, (LDW), and blind-spot detection (BSD) have all made a dramatic impact on crash rates. AEB has reduced accidents by 56%, LDW by as much as 20%, and BSD has reduced injury crashes by 25%. AEB and forward collision warning has also prevented large truck accidents by 44% and 41%, respectively. Headlights are also in dire need of improvement as nighttime visibility is a safety concern.

Automated Enforcement and Autonomous Vehicles

The Report has also determined that automated enforcements such as red-light and speed cameras are effective against running red lights and speeding. Controlling speeding has proven to be difficult but automated enforcement has reduced fatal red-light crash rates by as much as 21% and fatal crash rates at intersections by 14%. Over the last 25 years, increased speed limits have killed 37,000 people.

Autonomous vehicles (AV) have the opportunity to drastically reduce life-altering crashes, deaths, and injuries, but they must meet minimum performance requirements and several oversights. Advocates have recommended federal action, regulations, and safeguards to protect the general public. At this time, there is understandably some concern with automated vehicles. There have been multiple crashes that involved cars equipped with autonomous technology and there are laws that need to be implemented to make sure the driver and passengers are safe. A few recommendations mentioned in the report include proper restraints of the occupants in the event of a crash and that if the driver takes over the wheel while the car is driving automatically, it must have certain measures in place.

There are many other changes The Safety Report mentions. Each problem has killed thousands of people and with the recommendations of the safety report, it is hoped that these preventative measures will reduce injuries and fatalities.

Changes the safety report mentions are

  • Impaired Driving—Technology has the ability to prevent and detect impaired driving and should be required in all vehicles. This could prevent 9,000 deaths each year.
  • Large Truck Safety—Trucks have killed as many as 5,000 people which is a 48% increase compared to 2009. 159,000 were injured in 2019 and injuries sustained by truck drivers have increased by 18%. AEB and speed limiting devices would serve well to prevent many of these deaths. The Department of Transportation has ignored several other safety advances such as basic driver training and screening for sleep apnea. Meanwhile, many of these technologies are already implemented in the European Union.
  • Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety – Pedestrians and Bicyclist fatalities have reached their highest peaks in the last 30 years. There are several advancements the National Transportation Safety Board wishes to make – most of which are common sense advancements to protect vulnerable people. These include safety standards for vehicles in the hood and the bumper to reduce impact severity and vehicle avoidance systems. Other changes are road safety infrastructure to protect bike lanes and pedestrians alike.
  • Rear Seat Safety – In 2012, Congress passed a law directing the Department of Transportation (DOT) to require rear seat belt reminders in all vehicles by 2015, but in 2021, it still has not been done. Many rear seat deaths are caused by a lack of a seatbelt. Infants and children are also left alone in the backseat far too often. The safety report states that “detection and alert systems are available and affordable that can indicate when a child is left unattended”. These can prevent children from dying of hypothermia or severe heat.

Nevada Transportation Laws

Currently, Nevada is in the red zone based on the number of safety laws Nevada has passed in 2020/2021. This indicates that the state is dangerously behind in adopting the recommended safety laws to prevent death and injuries. In 2019 alone, there have been 304 deaths as a result of a motor vehicle crash and a total of 2,910 fatalities over the last 10 years. If Nevada wishes to be in the green and prevent further deaths, there are specific laws needed. Most of these involve Graduated Driver Licensing and stronger child protection laws. They need a minimum age requirement, stronger supervised driving requirements, nighttime restrictions, passenger restrictions, and higher cell phone restrictions. Nevada also needs a booster seat law, rear-facing through age 2 law, and a seatbelt enforcement law for child and standard passenger protection.

To read a further detailed report on the safety laws required, read the full 2021 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws written by the Advocates of Highway and Auto Safety.

Dimopoulos Injury Law works hard to update the public on potential changes to Nevada law. We want everyone on the road to be as safe as possible. If you’re involved in an accident, contact us to receive a free consultation. Our experienced team of accident lawyers will work with you to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.

Poor Load Distribution May Have Caused That Truck to Hit You

Perhaps you were on your way to meet a friend for lunch on the Las Vegas Strip when a large delivery truck ran a light and T-boned your sedan.

You sustained a concussion and a broken arm, and you will require occupational therapy sessions. Why did this collision happen, and who is at fault for your injuries?

What happened

The initial investigation indicates that the truck was carrying overloaded cargo, making the vehicle much heavier than normal. Overloaded cargo will put a strain on operating performance plus additional wear-and-tear on the brakes and various other components, such as the truck’s axles. Improper load distribution will result in control problems. A driver unaccustomed to the extra weight may not realize that the truck will take longer to stop, which may account for her having gone through the red light.

Other factors

Overloaded trucks are expensive to maintain, and the trucking company may not pay close enough attention to regularly scheduled maintenance. However, allowing trucks to haul heavier cargo that is not evenly distributed and prone to shifting is a safety hazard, and the company and others associated with this practice risk liability.

Fair compensation

Although commercial trucks must adhere to various state and federal regulations, overloading is a practice that continues for some companies focused on the prospect of higher profits. A thorough investigation will help determine fault. Truck-car collision cases are usually complex because fault may extend to more than one company or individual: for example, those liable may include the truck driver, the company that owns the truck, the company or individual who loaded the truck and even the person who failed to train the driver in proper loading procedures. You have every right to enjoy a safe drive in Las Vegas, but if you are the injured victim of a truck-car crash, you have the right to expect full and fair compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and more.

A Visit To Las Vegas Should Not Include A Spinal Cord Injury

Perhaps you and your spouse had just arrived in Las Vegas and were looking forward to a long weekend getaway.

Unfortunately, the car in front of you stopped abruptly, and the car behind you was going too fast to stop. Your car became sandwiched between the two in the resulting collision. Now, you face an uncertain future with a spinal cord injury.

Understanding SCI

The spinal cord passes impulses from your brain to other parts of your body. A spinal cord injury, or SCI, is usually the result of a traumatic blow to the spine that either dislocates or fractures vertebrae. The spinal cord is very sensitive to injury and, unfortunately, cannot repair itself if damaged.

Looking at symptoms

There are two types of SCI: complete and incomplete. A complete spinal cord injury means that you lose all feeling below the site of the injury, and there may also be involuntary movement. With an incomplete SCI, some function is still possible below the injury site. Some symptoms are obvious, such as loss of mobility or the inability to feel heat or touch. Others, such as difficulty breathing, digestive problems or lack of bladder control, could also indicate other medical issues. Imaging tests will confirm the diagnosis. At this time, doctors cannot reverse spinal cord damage. However, treatment that includes rehabilitation, prosthetic devices and medication can help patients return to a lifestyle that is as active as possible.

Finding fault

A thorough investigation will help establish the cause of the crash and who was responsible for your injuries. Keep in mind that Nevada law includes the modified comparative fault doctrine. This means that even if you carry some blame for the collision, you will still qualify for compensation, although the settlement may receive a reduction by the percentage of fault the court assigns to you. A fair settlement will help you focus on the treatment your doctors have prescribed for an injury that you never anticipated when you and your spouse made plans for a Las Vegas getaway.

Gerard Butler Can Attest to the Horror of a Motorcycle Crash

Anyone who rides a motorcycle knows how vulnerable he or she is to a crash. All sorts of injuries can result, including some you probably have not considered.

Actor Gerard Butler can tell you how traumatic a motorcycle accident can be. Along with other survivors, he sees life in a new light and counts his blessings.

What happened

In the fall of 2017, Gerard Butler was riding his motorcycle when a woman pulled out of a parking spot at the side of the road and made a U-turn directly in front of him. He had no choice but to slam into her car, and the impact sent him flying. He said he did a somersault before hitting the ground and remarked that it “hurt a bit.”

About injuries

The actor sustained cuts, bruises, a torn meniscus and five broken bones in his right foot. The foot is one of those body parts you may not think about in terms of motorcycle accident injuries, but often the lower limbs become trapped under a heavy bike when it goes down. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common injuries in a vehicle-motorcycle collision occur to the rider’s feet and legs. The CDC recommends that motorcyclists wear boots that go above the ankle and long pants that help to prevent road rash. The CDC also notes that the neck and head are the next most common locations for injury, followed by the chest, back and shoulders.

Feeling lucky

Butler reflected on his motorcycle accident, confirming that he was lucky to be alive. He said the experience made him appreciate “how precious life is,” a sentiment that other accident survivors no doubt understand. Many times, the motorcyclist is the victim of a collision. If you find yourself in this position, seek prompt medical care, then explore your legal options. Your injuries may be considerable, and you have a right to expect financial compensation to cover your medical expenses and more. Butler has learned how horrible a motorcycle accident can be—but try not to follow his lead.

Key Aspects of Nevada’s Fault Law

Auto accidents occur every day. If you or a loved one suffer an injury in an accident that is not your fault, it may be possible to seek compensation through an auto accident claim.

Proving fault is an essential part of the claim process. There are a few key aspects to understand in regard to Nevada’s fault law.

Fault vs. no-fault

Different states abide by either a fault or a no-fault law. Those states that use a fault law require auto accident claimants to prove that the defendant was at fault for the accident that resulted in the injury and damages. On the other hand, states with a no-fault law direct claimants back to their own insurance to address accident claims, essentially holding no one at fault. The state of Nevada uses the fault law.

Key considerations

In establishing fault, the court considers a few key factors. Some of the main ones include:

  • Police reports
  • Admission of fault
  • Witness statements
  • Weather conditions
  • Drivers’ speed

Comparative negligence

When determining the claim award amount, modified comparative negligence may play a role. Simply stated, modified comparative negligence considers the claimant’s contribution to the incident and decreases the award by the percentage of fault that the claimant carries. For example, if the determination is an award of $200,000, but the claimant was responsible for 15% of the accident, the award that the claimant actually receives would equal 85% of the award amount, or $170,000. In cases where the court finds that the claimant is more than 50% responsible for the incident, the claimant does not receive an award amount.

Understanding the fault law may aid parties in determining a course of action in regard to their case. It may also be beneficial to consult with a professional and review the personal fault law.

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