Legal Obligations After a Nevada Car Accident

Nevada law imposes a number of legal duties on drivers involved in a motor vehicle accident. Accidents to which these rules apply include car accidents, truck accidents, motorcyle accidentsaccidents involving commercial vehicles, and accidents involving pedestrians.

To help you better understand your legal duties after a car, truck or motorcycle accident in Nevada, our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers discuss the following, below:

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1. What must I legally do right after a Nevada car accident?

Immediately following a vehicle accident in Nevada, a driver must:

  • Stop and give the other driver contact and insurance information;1
  • Move his or her car out of traffic if it is safe to do so;2 and
  • Give reasonable assistance to anyone injured in the crash (such as arranging for the person to be taken to a doctor or hospital if it appears that treatment is necessary).3

If you hit an unoccupied vehicle, you must either locate the owner or leave your name and contact info securely in a conspicuous place.4

2. Do I need to notify the police after a Nevada car accident?

Nevada law requires you to notify the nearest office of the police or the Nevada Highway Patrol if you are involved in a crash in which anyone is killed or injured.5

You do not need to call a police or highway patrol office if an officer is already on the scene or you are too injured to do so.

3. When must I report a car accident to the Nevada DMV?

You must submit a Nevada DMV Report of Traffic Accident Report (SR-1) within 10 days of an accident if:

  • Anyone was injured or killed, or
  • There appears to be more than $750 or more in damage to any vehicle or property.6

However, you do not need to report the accident to the DMV if a Nevada Highway Patrol or police officer submitted an accident report that included the driver's contact and insurance information (including policy number and coverage dates).7

If you are not sure whether a police report contained this information, it is best to make a report to the DMV yourself to be on the safe side.

Failure to report an accident as and when legally required can result in suspension of your Nevada's driver license for one year.8

4. Do I need to report a Nevada accident to my auto insurer?

Most insurance policies require that you notify them whenever you are involved in an accident. However, many people choose not to notify their insurer when:

  • They hit a stationary object (other than a motor vehicle) and they are willing to pay for car repairs themselves, or
  • No one else is injured in the crash and the responsible party is willing to pay for any property damage to the vehicle(s).

However, if a police officer came and made a report or if anyone was injured you should report the accident, even if you do not think you are at fault. You may be wrong, or you be still be entitled to a partial recovery under Nevada's comparative negligence law.

And if you are at fault, the other driver will most likely report the accident. Not reporting the accident could impact your insurer's obligations under your policy.

5. When can I be charged with a hit-and-run in Nevada?

Willfully fleeing the scene of an accident can result in criminal charges under Nevada's hit and run laws.  Hit and run where the accident only resulted in property damage is a misdemeanor in Nevada.

However, failure to stop at a crash scene in which someone was injured or died is a Nevada Category B felony. It can be punished by 2-20 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.9 

In a Nevada car accident? Call us for help...

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If you or someone you know was in an accident in Nevada and need legal representation, our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers or Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers may be able to help.

We offer free consultations and work on a contingency basis in accident cases. That means we don't take a dime until you settle your case or win your lawsuit.

Whether you need help finding a doctor to work on a Nevada medical lien, recovery for your medical bills, lost wages or pain and suffering, our Las Vegas injury lawyers have the experience to get the job done right.

And if you've been arrested for neglecting your legal duties, our criminal defense lawyers may be able to help you keep your driver's license or stay out of jail.

To schedule your free consultation call us at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) or submit the form on this page. Call us today so that you can get the compensation you need and deserve.


Legal references:

  1. NRS 484E.010; NRS 484E.020.
  2. NRS 484E.020.
  3. NRS 484E.030.
  4. NRS 484E.040.
  5. NRS 484E.030 (2).
  6. NRS 484E.070 (2).
  7. NRS 484E.010.
  8. NRS 484E.070 (3).
  9. NRS 484E.070.

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