Finding that your parked car has been hit can be a frustrating and overwhelming experience. But taking the right steps in the aftermath of the accident can make all the difference in resolving the situation fairly. If you find yourself in this predicament, here's what you need to know about what to do when someone hits your parked car.
Check for Injuries
The first step is to make sure that everyone involved in the accident is okay. If there are any injuries, call 911 immediately.
Take photos of the damage to both vehicles, the surrounding area, and any other relevant evidence, such as skid marks or broken glass. Also, write down the make, model, license plate number, and insurance information of the other driver and any witnesses.
Call the Police
Report the accident to the police by calling 911 or the non-emergency number. An officer will arrive at the scene, gather information, and create a police report. This report can be an important piece of evidence in the event of a dispute.
Keep a Record
Make sure to keep a record of all expenses related to the accident, such as medical bills, car repairs, and lost wages. This information can be used to support your claim if you decide to file a lawsuit.
What If the Other Person Drove Off and Did Not Leave a Note?
A hit and run involves a driver who is involved in a car accident and fails to stop and exchange information with the other driver or provide assistance to anyone who may have been injured in the accident.
In most cases, hit and run laws require drivers to stop their vehicle at the scene of an accident and exchange information with any other drivers involved in the accident or with any property owners that may have been affected by the accident. This information typically includes the driver's name, address, insurance information, and vehicle registration number.
In addition to the legal requirements to stop and exchange information, hit and run laws may also require drivers to provide reasonable assistance to anyone who has been injured in the accident. This may include calling for medical assistance or helping the injured person get to a hospital.
If a driver leaves the scene of an accident without stopping or providing information, they can be charged with a hit and run. Under Nevada law, a hit and run accident is typically classified as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the severity of the accident and whether anyone was injured or killed. The penalties for a hit and run conviction can include fines, driver's license suspension or revocation, and even imprisonment in more serious cases.
Do I Have to Notify My Insurance Company
After you have collected the necessary information and reported the accident to the police, it's important to notify your insurance company as soon as possible. Your insurance company can provide you with guidance on what to do next and start the claims process, if necessary.
Are There Any Special Circumstances in Nevada?
Under Nevada law, the driver who caused the accident is responsible for paying for the damages. If the driver who hit your parked car has insurance, their insurance company should pay for the damages. If the driver does not have insurance, you may be able to sue them for the damages.
If someone hits your parked car in Nevada, it's important to take the right steps to protect your rights and ensure that you are fairly compensated for any damages or injuries. Following the steps outlined above can help make the process as smooth as possible.
Should I Hire a Lawyer?
If the other driver is uninsured or underinsured, or if there is a dispute about who is at fault, you may want to consider hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer. A lawyer with a history of successful cases in this area can help you navigate the legal process, protect your rights, and ensure that you are fairly compensated for any damages or injuries you have sustained.
Besides the damage to the parked car, there can be additional damages associated with someone hitting a parked car. For instance, if there was personal property inside the car that was damaged, you may be able to recover compensation for those damages as well.
Additionally, if the accident resulted in injury to anyone, you may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses and other related expenses. In some cases, if the accident was caused by the other driver's negligence or reckless behavior, you may also be able to recover compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and other non-economic damages.
It's important to note that each case is unique. The specific damages available will depend on the circumstances of the case. Call High Stakes Injury Law today at (702) 707-5934 for a free consultation!
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