How to Get a Police Report for a Car Accident in Nevada
You can get a police report for a car accident in Nevada online. The reporting system is maintained by the Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP), and you may have to pay a nominal fee to receive your copy.
Collecting the police report for your accident’s evidence file is a good step to take for building your case. However, we can help you obtain a copy of the report and build all other forms of evidence necessary for your case.
Why Your Accident Report is Crucial to Your Personal Injury Case
When a police officer investigates your accident, the report may describe important details of the accident, such as:
- Information about the parties involved in the accident
- Citations given to drivers involved
- Description of vehicle damage
- Statements from any witnesses
- Statements from the officer regarding fault for the accident
We can use this information to show that the other driver in your accident was negligent—and therefore, that they could be held liable for your injuries.
What if You Share Fault in the Accident Report?
The details collected by the officer at the scene of the crash may indicate that you bore some responsibility for the accident. However, you can still recover compensation in Nevada even if you contributed to the crash in some way.
Per NRS §41.141, you can still seek financial recovery from the negligent driver if your own fault was not more than 50%. However, these laws can be complicated. We don’t recommend trying to interpret them and judge your case’s merits on your own. Someone from our team can help you understand your options.
How do You Know for Sure if You have a Case Against the Other Driver?
Based on the police report alone, it may be hard to know if you have a case. However, we will be able to explain the losses you could seek for compensation.
To build a personal injury case, we will look for evidence that the other driver was negligent—and we will show that their negligence led directly to your injuries. So, if we can show that the other driver was acting carelessly or recklessly behind the wheel, you might have a strong case for compensation.
Forms of driver negligence could include:
- Texting while driving
- Driving under the influence
- Illegal traffic maneuvers
- Road rage
How Can You Bring a Case Against a Negligent Driver if They Weren’t Ticketed?
The police report may describe the vehicle damage and other important notes about your accident, but it’s possible that no one received a ticket.
For instance, let’s say that the other driver was weaving in and out of the lanes beside you before you got into an accident—a sign that they may have been texting while driving—but the police report didn’t see this or ticket them for texting.
We can still investigate your case more deeply and scour for evidence of negligence through:
- Traffic cameras
- Video captured from local businesses
- Accident reconstruction
- The other driver’s cell phone records
- Witness statements
How Long do You have to Report a Traffic Crash in Nevada?
If the police didn’t make a report of your accident, you will need to file an accident report within ten days of your accident in Nevada. These forms are available through the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMVNV) and will ask you to detail information such as:
- The time and location of the crash
- A description of the crash
- Details about property damage and other accident-related damage
We can help you file a crash report if you have not yet done so.
Your Lawyer Can Handle the Insurance Company and Paperwork so You don’t have to
While your personal injury case might seem straightforward to you, they are rarely so once your lawyer begins the insurance claims process. You don’t have to handle the back and forth negotiations with an insurance adjuster, however. Your legal team can take care of the paperwork, the deadlines, and all the legal details for you.
Your lawyer Can Gather Evidence and Help Determine Your Losses
Your lawyer will look at your past and future medical bills, past lost income, and future loss of earning capacity and evaluate your past and future pain and suffering to come up with a dollar amount they will ask of the insurer. Compelling evidence of your injuries and losses is important at this stage, and your legal team will know how to build a strong case file.
If the insurance company doesn’t want to agree to award you compensation, your lawyer will continue negotiations on your behalf.
A Lawyer Can Take Your Case to Court if Necessary
Your lawyer may be able to take your case to civil court if the insurance company doesn’t agree to offer you what you may deserve. They will litigate on your behalf and help ensure your case complies with NRS §11.190(4)(e), the state’s deadline to file a lawsuit.
Why High Stakes Injury Law?
We’ve obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for our Las Vegas area clients since 1983—and we want to do everything we can to help you. Our past results for clients include:
- Over $5 million for a car accident involving a tire explosion and a client’s loss of limb
- $450,000 for a client who was injured in an accident with a drunk driver
Contact us today for a free case review from High Stakes Injury Law and for information about how to get a police report after a car accident in Nevada.