Battle Born Injury Lawyers | July 26, 2023 | Car Accidents
Accidents happen every day in Nevada. If you are involved in a personal injury accident, you should report it to law enforcement. Reporting an accident to law enforcement is especially helpful if you are in a traffic collision. It helps strengthen your case when seeking compensation for vehicle damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Can you file a claim without a police report in Nevada? Yes. Should you file a claim without a police report in Nevada? No. You should always report an accident to the police and request a copy of the accident report.
Know When To Report an Accident to the Police in Nevada
Car accidents are terrifying. Knowing what to do following a collision can help you feel prepared. In Nevada, drivers are required to do a few things after an accident per state law.
Your responsibilities following an accident:
- You must stop your vehicle
- Exchange information with the other driver, including insurance information
- Report the accident to law enforcement
- Notify your own insurance company that you were involved in a car accident
While you are required to stop your vehicle and exchange information, you should also seek medical attention as soon as possible. If there is an immediate medical need, that emergency is more important than exchanging information right away.
It is always recommended that you notify the police immediately following an accident. However, you are required to do so if the accident results in death, injury, or damage to a vehicle totaling $750 or more. If an officer is not present on the scene, you should report the accident to the nearest police authority. You should always call the police if there is an accident, but you are required to do so if the crash is significant – for instance, after a head-on collision.
You Can File a Claim Without a Police Report – But It Will Be Far More Difficult
Getting a police report after an accident will make it easier for you to file a claim later. It is difficult to get the compensation you deserve without having first filed a police report. However, you can still file an insurance claim in Nevada without a police report.
Police reports often provide crucial evidence in a personal injury case – at least during settlement negotiations (they aren’t allowed as evidence in a court of law). If you do not have a police report, an insurance company will be able to scrutinize your claim easier. Reporting your accident to the police can help protect you and strengthen your claim.
Alert Law Enforcement of the Accident and Request a Copy of the Police Report
If you are in an accident, call the police and tell your story when they arrive. It is important that your accurate version of events is reflected in the police report.
The following information is typically included in police reports:
- The time and date of the accident
- The location
- The names of the drivers involved
- Vehicle information for the cars involved
- Names of witnesses
- Weather conditions
- Road conditions
- Preliminary assessment of vehicle damage
- Description of what occurred
- Any citations given to drivers for a violation
To get a copy of the police report, you should go through the law enforcement agency that responded to the scene. If your accident occurred in Reno, NV, you can obtain a copy of your police report through the Reno Police Department.
Before filing your car accident claim, you should request a copy of the police report. The report will likely provide helpful information for you and your attorney. Once you have a copy of the police report, review it for any inaccuracies. If there are any issues with the police report, Battle Born Injury Lawyers can help you address them.
Contact the Reno Car Accident Attorneys at Battle Born Injury Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident in Reno and you need legal assistance, contact our car accident attorneys at Battle Born Injury Lawyers and schedule a free consultation with our legal team.