Automobile accidents on the I-215 and I-515 in Henderson, Nevada are not uncommon, particularly during rush hour. And the injuries that car crash victims sustain may prevent them from holding down a job and living a normal life.
Our Henderson car accident attorneys make all the people responsible for your injuries apologize with their wallet. And in the vast majority of Nevada personal injury cases, we can achieve a large settlement through negotiation alone and no trial.
1. Whom can I sue after a Henderson car accident?
After a Henderson motor vehicle collision, you may be able to file a negligence lawsuit against the other motorists who caused your accident. Or if the crash was due to a manufacturing defect in your car, you can sue the carmaker for products liability.
Depending on the facts of the case, you may also have a cause of action against car mechanics who may have damaged your car. And if unsafe roads or broken traffic lights contributed to the crash, you can sue the city of Henderson or Clark County as well.
No matter the case, our Henderson car accident lawyers aggressively investigate the collision – which may include hiring an accident reconstruction expert – to find all the parties whose wrongful actions caused your injuries. And we sue each one of them.1
2. What money can I sue for?
Our Henderson car accident lawyers fight for the following compensatory damages:
- medical expenses (including hospitalizations, home health care, rehabilitation, and medications);
- lost wages and diminished earning capacity;
- vehicle repair costs;
- pain and suffering; and/or
- funeral expenses and loss of support (if the victim passes away).2
3. Can I still sue if I was partly to blame?
Yes. Under Nevada’s modified comparative negligence law, you can prevail in a Henderson car accident lawsuit as long as you were 50% or less at fault. But the damages you would recover would then be lessened in proportion to your degree of fault.3
So if you get into a car accident in Green Valley that causes $200,000 in damages – and the court finds that you were 20% at fault for speeding – then you would be entitled to 80% of your damages (equaling $160,000).
4. What is the statute of limitations?
Nevada car crash victims typically have two years after the collision to bring a negligence lawsuit.4 But you are strongly advised to seek out a Henderson car accident attorney right away to find and preserve evidence. And it takes time to build a winnable case, so do not delay in getting legal help.
5. What are my responsibilities after a Henderson car accident?
If you are in a car crash, remain at the scene (move out of traffic if necessary). Driving away will make you vulnerable to hit and run criminal charges.
If you are able to, seek medical help for you and any other victims. And if you are able to, exchange contact- and vehicle information with the other involved motorists.
Most importantly, never admit that you caused the accident and do not say you feel fine. You could be wrong, and remarking otherwise could make it difficult for you to win a lawsuit down the line.
You are not required to file an accident report with the Nevada DMV if the police arrive at the scene or if:
- no one was hurt, and
- no property damage amounting to $750 or more occurred.5
Otherwise, you do have to file an accident report within 10 days of the incident.
Finally, call a Henderson car accident lawyer to discuss your legal options.
6. Should I hire a lawyer?
Your greatest chances of achieving the maximum financial settlement after a crash is by retaining an experienced Henderson car accident attorney. Once you lawyer up, the defendants’ legal team knows you mean business.
Each car accident lawsuit is a battle of wills. The defendants’ insurance defense firms will lay down every obstacle possible in an effort to delay proceedings and deter you from holding them responsible.
But our skilled Henderson car accident lawyers remain undaunted and do not stop in our mission to accomplish the best resolution possible in your case. And because we take no payment unless we win your lawsuit, our clients have zero to lose and everything to gain.
See our related article on wrongful death lawsuits.
- See, for example, Byron Teach Henderson police: driver ‘lost control’ of vehicle in crash that killed 13-year-old near Horizon Ridge, Horizon Drive, KVVU-Fox 5 (March 7, 2022); Carolyn Bleakley, Police: Speed a factor in fiery Henderson crash that killed man, KLAS-CBS 8 (March 10, 2022).
Las Vegas Review-Journal (February 7, 2022).
- NRS 41.085.
- NRS 41.141. See, for example: Cromer v. Wilson, (2010) 126 Nev. 106; Taylor v. Silva (1980) .
- NRS 11.190.
- NRS 484E.