May 27, 2019

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Nevada Auto Accident Lawsuits

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An auto accident can change your life in the blink of an eye. Serious and permanent injuries are not uncommon, and even in less serious accidents, the medical expenses, time off of work, and damage to your vehicle, can be financially devastating.

Negligent Drivers

Negligent drivers are to blame for the majority of Nevada auto accidents. Examples of driver negligence include:

  • Distracted driving

  • Intoxication

  • Excessive speed

  • Tailgating

  • Running red light or stop sign

  • Aggressive driving

Distracted driving is one of the most common forms of driver negligence to cause accidents. It includes texting and talking on a cell phone, but even momentary distractions such as adjusting the radio and less obvious distractions like daydreaming can cause a fatal crash.

Defective Vehicle Lawsuits

When a defective vehicle causes an accident, or causes injuries to be more serious in an accident with another cause, you may be able to recover compensation through a product liability lawsuit.

This is a very important avenue of recovery to pursue in cases where the other driver was uninsured or underinsured, or if you were injured in a single-vehicle accident.

Responsible parties in a defective vehicle lawsuit can include:

  • Auto manufacturer

  • Dealership

  • Parts manufacturer or seller

  • Repair shop

  • Rental company

Limo, Taxi, and Bus Accidents

If you were injured in an accident involving a limousine, taxi cab, bus, executive car, or casino/hotel shuttle service, your case will be more complex. These services are governed by strict regulations.

Violations of these regulations will most likely be the basis of your lawsuit and how your attorney will prove responsibility. If the driver for one of these services cause the accident, the company can usually be held responsible.

Defective Roadway Lawsuits

Roadway defects are sometimes at the heart of an auto accident, or result in more serious injuries when an accident occurs. It is not always obvious that a defective roadway was to blame. Examples of roadway defects include:

  • Malfunctioning traffic signals

  • Road damage, such as potholes

  • Debris or oil on road

  • Hazardous conditions without warning signs

  • Confusing or misdirecting road signs or markings

  • Defective design

  • Missing or obscured stop signs

  • Dangerous intersections

  • Inadequately marked construction zones

Dangerous intersections often have a documented history of accidents, which may be used as evidence on your behalf.

Defective roadway lawsuits are brought against the government entity responsible for the road’s design, construction, and/or maintenance. Lawsuits against a government entity have unique rules and procedures.

For instance, you must give written notification of your intent to sue before filing your lawsuit and within a short amount of time after your accident, usually six months in Nevada. This notice must contain specific information and it must be served properly.