Car accidents in Las Vegas occur frequently, but each inflicts unique harm on its victims. Every day throughout Las Vegas, car crashes cause injuries that force drivers and passengers to contend with trauma, life disruption, and financial strain—difficulties made all the more burdensome when someone else's wrongful actions caused them.
If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a Las Vegas car accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your accident-related injuries. An experienced Las Vegas car accident attorney at Edward Bernstein and Associates can help you understand your rights and explore your options. Contact us today to learn more.
- Car Accidents Take a Heavy Toll in Las Vegas
- Car Accident Injuries We Can Handle
- Compensation for a Las Vegas Car Accident
- How We Handle a Las Vegas Car Accident Claim
- Tips for Las Vegas Car Accident Victims
Why Choose the Las Vegas Car Accident Attorneys at Edward Bernstein and Associates?
Edward Bernstein and Associates is an award-winning car accident injury law firm. For over 40 years, we've represented Las Vegas crash victims in lawsuits and insurance claims seeking compensation for the harm they've suffered because of someone else's wrongdoing. Our Las Vegas car accident lawyers possess the skills, knowledge, and financial resources to tackle—and win—Las Vegas's toughest car accident injury cases.
Our success at Ed Bernstein and Associates stems from our relentless commitment to doing right by our clients. We get high marks for our professionalism, responsiveness, and determination to see justice done and fair compensation paid for car accident injuries.
Although our lawyers can't guarantee how your case will turn out, we can promise that if you hire us to handle your Las Vegas car accident case, you'll have a team on your side who puts your interests first and goes the distance to get you results.
Tens of thousands of car accidents happen in Las Vegas annually, according to Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) data. Dozens of people die and thousands more sustain injuries in those crashes, causing untold physical, emotional, and financial pain.
The data also show that most car accidents in Las Vegas are preventable.
They happen because of poor decisions and dangerous actions like:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk or drug-impaired driving
- Speeding and aggressive driving
- Drowsy driving
- Ignoring traffic signs, signals, and lane markings
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Failing to maintain reasonably safe roads
- Manufacturing and selling defective cars and car parts
At Edward Bernstein and Associates, we've seen firsthand the devastation car accidents can cause for individuals, families, and communities throughout Las Vegas. We fight to hold at-fault parties and insurance companies accountable for that harm so our clients can pay their expenses and return to living their lives.
Car Accident Injuries We Handle
With over 40 years of experience advocating for injured people in the Las Vegas region, our team draws on a deep well of knowledge about the physical and emotional trauma car accidents can inflict.
We know how to secure compensation for clients who have suffered injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs)
- Crush injuries
- Traumatic amputation and loss of use of a limb or appendage
- Facial injuries, including loss of eyesight
- Burn injuries
- Internal injuries
- Nerve Damage
- Back, neck, or shoulder injuries
- Broken bones and orthopedic trauma
- Lacerations and abrasions
Any of these injuries can cause severe and permanent disruption in someone's life or result in a tragic death. No matter what type of injury you sustained in a Las Vegas car accident, our team of accident lawyers in Las Vegas can explain your options for seeking compensation and how we might help.
Compensation Available in Las Vegas Car Accident Claims
Nevada law generally entitles you to seek compensation when someone's wrongful actions cause a car accident that leaves you injured. At Edward Bernstein and Associates, we work hard to identify all parties at fault for a Las Vegas crash that harmed our client and to analyze the insurance coverage available to pay our clients' damages.
WHO OWES YOU MONEY FOR YOUR CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES?
A wide range of parties and insurance companies could have a legal obligation to pay for the harm you suffered in a Las Vegas car accident. The skilled car accident lawyers at Ed Bernstein and Associates dig into the facts of every car accident case we handle so our clients can benefit from every potential source of compensation available.
No two car accidents are identical.
But our personal injury lawyers may determine that one or more of the following parties owes damages to our injured client:
- Negligent drivers who cause crashes and their auto liability insurance carriers
- Employers of negligent drivers who crash work vehicles, and their liability coverage
- Workers' compensation insurance companies, if our client crashed while driving a work vehicle
- Automotive manufacturers who produce defective cars or car parts
- Social hosts who serve alcohol to an underage drunk driver who causes an accident
- Government agencies and contractors who fail to maintain reasonably safe streets for driving
These are merely examples, however. Edward Bernstein and Associates understand that your Las Vegas car accident was a unique occurrence requiring an experienced lawyer's careful examination. We never treat car accident cases as cookie-cutter matters. Our focus is always on the facts of your crash and the parties who should face accountability for your injuries.
WHAT DAMAGES CAN YOU CLAIM?
Under Nevada law, you generally have the right to demand compensation from at-fault parties and insurance companies for every harm you suffered in a Las Vegas auto accident. Many car accident victims who seek our counsel at Edward Bernstein and Associates are surprised to learn about the wide range of damages they can claim.
Car Accident Injury Damages
Every car accident case differs, as we've said.
But our team can usually pursue compensation for our injured clients:
- Past and future medical expenses related to treating car accident injuries and resulting health complications
- Past and future out-of-pocket expenditures for replacement services, mobility equipment, and other goods and services necessary for living with a car accident injury
- Costs of repairing or replacing a damaged car or other personal property
- Past lost earnings due to missing work due to a car accident injury
- The value of paid time off used while out of work
- Future lost earnings if our client can't return to work in their previous capacity or can't pursue their chosen occupation
- Physical pain and discomfort caused by an injury or medical treatments
- Emotional suffering and mental health disturbances like anxiety, depression, or PTSD
- Daily inconvenience and disruption
- Diminished quality of life and personal or intimate relationships
- Scarring and disfigurement
At Edward Bernstein and Associates, we work diligently to assess our clients' injuries and to understand their impact on our client's life. We aim to get you money that fully compensates you for all the harm you have suffered.
Car Accident Wrongful Death Damages
In the tragic case of a fatal Las Vegas car accident, our team can often pursue damages on behalf of the deceased victim's loved ones and legal estate.
Those wrongful death damages can include compensation for:
- Loss of the victim's income and financial support
- Loss of the victim's companionship, guidance, society, or consortium
- The victim's pain and suffering
- A surviving spouse's or family member's pain and suffering
- The victim's medical and accident-related expenses before death
- Funeral and burial expenses
The Edward Bernstein and Associates team recognizes that a damages award can never make up for a tragic and preventable loss of life. However, the financial support we can secure for our clients often goes a long way in assisting them in paying expenses and rebuilding their lives in a meaningful way.
Punitive or Exemplary Car Accident Damages
In some cases, a personal injury attorney at Edward Bernstein and Associates can convince a Las Vegas judge or jury to award punitive or exemplary damages to our injured client. Those damages punish an at-fault party for extreme or intentionally harmful misconduct. Contact our team today to learn about the potential types and ranges of damages you might claim in your Las Vegas car accident case.
How Our Attorneys Handle a Las Vegas Car Accident Claim
The team of Las Vegas Car Accident Attorneys at Ed Bernstein and Associates have earned a strong reputation as fierce advocates and formidable trial lawyers. We possess the skills, street smarts, and financial resources to handle any task necessary to secure money for our injured clients.
The steps we take on behalf of an injured Las Vegas car accident victim depend entirely on the facts of the case and our client's needs and priorities.
We may, for example:
- Take quick action to locate key evidence or to meet soon-to-expire legal deadlines
- Investigate a car accident scene, with the help of forensic experts when needed, to determine how it happened and who should pay for our client's damages
- Analyze all available insurance coverage and target all possible sources of compensation for our client's losses
- Answer our client's questions promptly and in plain English (or Español)
- Pursue insurance claims and lawsuits in our client's name, seeking damages from at-fault parties and insurance carriers
- Handle all communications with insurance companies, official investigators, and defense lawyers
- Negotiate favorable settlements of our client's claims whenever possible
- Advise our clients on whether to accept or reject a settlement offer
- Take our client's case to trial in a Las Vegas courtroom
- Collect and distribute the money owed to our clients under a settlement, judgment, or jury award
We also understand that getting hurt in a Las Vegas car crash can put you and your family under significant financial strain. Therefore, we make connecting with and hiring our team affordable.
We offer a free consultation for anyone who wants to learn about their rights after suffering injuries in a Las Vegas-area crash. You owe us nothing for this meeting, even if you decide not to hire us to handle your claim.
We also take Las Vegas car accident cases on a contingent fee basis. That means we do not charge you upfront or by the hour. Instead, our fee consists of a percentage of any money we secure on your behalf. If we don't get you results, you owe us nothing.
Tips for Las Vegas Car Accident Victims
We encourage you to contact us at Edward Bernstein and Associates today for your free consultation on your Las Vegas car accident case. But until we have a chance to connect, following these tips may help to protect your rights.
SEEK PROMPT MEDICAL ATTENTION
Always go to the doctor after getting into a Las Vegas car accident, even if you feel OK. And never wait for aches and pains to worsen before seeking care. Some severe injuries may not show immediate symptoms. Delaying a visit to the emergency room, urgent care center, or your family doctor could put your health or your life at serious risk.
Plus, by seeking care, you can also safeguard your rights to compensation. A doctor's visit generates medical records, which can help prove your claim for damages. Going to the doctor also protects you against charges by insurance companies or defense lawyers that you made your condition worse by not taking care of yourself.
DON'T AGREE TO SETTLE WITHOUT CONSULTING A CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER FIRST
The at-fault party's defense lawyer or insurance company may contact you directly to offer you a settlement of your Las Vegas car accident claim. Do not agree to their proposal, and do not sign anything they send you. Quick settlement offers like these seldom compensate you for your damages. If you accept them, you could sacrifice your valuable rights and end up not having enough money to pay your bills and recover your health.
Say no thanks to quick settlement offers and leave the negotiation of your claim settlement to an experienced car accident attorney. Edward Bernstein and Associates can almost always get car accident victims far more from insurance companies and at-fault parties than what they initially offered as a quick settlement.
Contact a Las Vegas Car Accident Lawyer at Edward Bernstein and Associates Today
As a Las Vegas, NV car accident victim, you have valuable rights to demand compensation for your injuries. But you can't afford to wait to take advantage of them. You typically have at most two years and as little as just a few months to take legal action claiming the money damages you deserve from at-fault parties and insurance companies.
Ed Bernstein and Associates want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (702) 840-5103 for your free consultation with our knowledgeable legal professional so we can answer your questions and explain your path forward.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM IN A CAR ACCIDENT?
When a car accident happens, it is important to remain calm and take steps to protect your legal rights. If you are injured, you should immediately seek medical help and call 911. If there is no report of injury, the police may not come to the scene of the accident. In those cases, you should be prepared to document evidence at the scene of the accident. It is recommended that all drivers have the following items in their vehicle:
- Pen and paper
- Disposable camera (or photo capability on your cell phone)
- Your vehicle registration and insurance card
- Emergency contact numbers
- Towing company phone number
If an accident occurs and there is no bodily injury, you should move the car out of traffic, if feasible. Make sure to use your camera to photograph the entire accident scene before pulling the car out of traffic. Take additional precautions if traffic is moving nearby. You should exchange information with the other driver once you have moved the vehicles out of traffic.
WHAT SHOULD I DO REGARDING THE PROPERTY DAMAGE TO MY CAR?
Don’t attempt to get the car fixed or give a body shop authorization to carry out repairs until after an insurance adjuster estimates the damages. You should take some pictures — they might prove useful later when dealing with the insurance company. How? Insurance companies are often reluctant to acknowledge the injuries sustained as a result of a car accident. However, if you have photos that clearly show the damage your car sustained, reaching a satisfactory settlement is going to be significantly easier. Remember, though, that no matter how shocked you are by the car accident, you should prioritize your safety. This means that walking around your car to take photos while other cars are speeding nearby is not a great idea.
WHAT SHOULD I DO REGARDING MEDICAL BILLS?
Every bodily injury and every patient is different. The patient will be responsible for their own medical treatment after the car accident. You may be able to recover these medical expenses if the other driver is at fault.
IS IT REALLY NECESSARY TO GO TO COURT?
Many people who have just been involved in a car accident report that they would prefer not to go to the courtroom. They might not even want to litigate the case at all. We strongly advise everyone to litigate their case, as a great majority of cases (around 97% of them) are resolved without the need to go to trial. That’s understandable, as no matter how strong you think the evidence is, you cannot predict what will happen in court. You’ll have to wait a long time for the verdict to be announced, and the case might not be decided in your favor. If you contact our Las Vegas car accident lawyers just after a car accident, then it might be possible to resolve the case without having to file a lawsuit. This way, neither party will have to wait as long to resolve the case.
HOW DO YOU PROVE FAULT AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT?
If a police officer responds to the scene of the automobile accident, he or she will issue a citation or traffic ticket to whomever they believe to be at fault in the car accident. They will use several factors to decide who is at fault, including statements of the drivers, statements of other witnesses, physical evidence (including damage to the vehicles and debris on the roadway), and any traffic lights or signs.
If a police officer does not respond to the scene, it is very important that you get the other driver’s information, including their car insurance details. Also, if possible, take photos of the scene and all vehicles involved in the accident. You should also try to obtain contact information for all witnesses to the accident if you can.
IMMEDIATELY AFTER MY ACCIDENT, SHOULD I CONTACT MY INSURANCE COMPANY?
It is recommended that you contact your insurance provider and let them know that you’ve been involved in a car crash. Take detailed notes if you speak to your insurance company, including who you spoke with and when. In addition, you should never sign anything without first speaking to a car accident attorney.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM OFFERED A SETTLEMENT FROM THE INSURANCE COMPANY?
If you are offered money by the insurance company, it will probably be less than you deserve. You should never agree to settle your claim without meeting with an accident lawyer prior. There are many factors that influence how much money you could receive from an insurance company. The problem is, insurance companies aren’t really interested in paying as much money for the claim as possible. They might attempt to prove that you are partly to blame for the car accident. As a result, you won’t receive as much money. Or, if the insurance company proves that more than half of the blame rests on your shoulders, you won’t receive anything at all. Our experienced accident lawyers have dealt with tens of thousands of car accident cases. This means they have the necessary experience to ensure that you receive a fair settlement. Contact us and we’ll help you during every step of the process.
I SUFFERED INJURIES AFTER BEING INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT. DO I HAVE A COMPENSATION CLAIM?
Whether you are entitled to a settlement — and the amount of the settlement — will depend on several factors. First, liability against the other driver will need to be established. Then you will need to prove that all of your injuries and medical treatment are directly related to the collision. Finally, you will have to establish the value of your compensation claim, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future damages. Each step requires legal analysis, and you should seek the advice of personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED A PERSONAL INJURY CASE?
Personal injury law covers a wide range of legal cases, including car accidents, slip-and-falls, unsafe products, dangerous drugs, and dog bites. Since personal injury is a matter of civil law, it involves negligence and damages. Generally speaking, you may be able to sue or seek monetary damages from another party if they caused you to be injured. Not all personal injury cases require bodily injury; some cases involve emotional distress and/or psychological trauma.
Even two similar cases might yield different verdicts, which is why it is impossible to tell without studying a case thoroughly how much your case may be worth. There are multiple factors that could influence the worth of your case:
- If due to the injuries sustained in a Las Vegas auto accident, you had to spend a considerable amount of time in a hospital, your medical bills will be considerably higher. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may need medical attention even long after the car accident in Las Vegas (or in other parts of Nevada). Our accident lawyers in Las Vegas have experience with clients who’ll need medical attention long after the accident took place. Another important factor is whether the car crash was partly your fault. Nevada doesn’t follow the contributory negligence rule. Instead, Nevada follows a modified version of the “comparative negligence” rule. This means that even if you are 15% to blame for the vehicle accident, you might still receive compensation. Only if you are 50% or more to blame for the car accident will you be ineligible for any compensation. With the help of our auto accident lawyers, you can be absolutely certain that you won’t be unfairly blamed for the car crash.
- As a consequence of the auto accident, you might be unable to work for an extended period of time. If you are unlucky, you might even lose your job. It might be an extremely stressful experience, but skilled Las Vegas car accident lawyers can help you negotiate an adequate settlement.
- Apart from physical injuries, a car accident can also cause emotional damage. If you can prove that the car accident had a terrible impact on your life, your case might be worth significantly more. Our Las Vegas car accident lawyers will ensure that you get fair compensation for all the hardships the auto accident caused you.
WHAT IS THE TIME FRAME AFTER AN ACCIDENT TO FILE A PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUIT?
Personal injury cases must be filed within two years of the date the injury occurred. This time frame is known as a “statute of limitations.” For a wrongful death claim, the family of the deceased has the same two-year time frame to file, although Estate actions must be filed within one year.
HOW LONG DOES A CAR ACCIDENT CLAIM TAKE TO GET RESOLVED?
Each car accident case will be very different and can take anywhere from a few months to years to resolve. Our focus is on building a strong case so that you receive fair compensation from the insurance company. Often the claim will be settled out of court, but if the claim does go to court, we have the required experience to fight the insurance company and win.
We have a car accident attorney available to discuss your case right now. Get in touch for a free consultation at any time.