Las Vegas is a city of excitement. Whether you live and work in Las Vegas or you’re just visiting, you can expect a city full of activity. The roads are busy, and traffic is often congested.
In Las Vegas, drivers aren’t always familiar with the roads. Even if drivers are on roads that they travel frequently, driving errors or debris can contribute to accidents. Several types of car crashes are common. By understanding the types of car crashes that are common, you and your personal injury lawyer can respond appropriately if you’re in a collision. Here are the common types of car crashes in Las Vegas.
Rear End Collisions
A rear-end collision occurs when two vehicles travel in the same direction. If the car behind doesn’t stop for the vehicle in front, a rear-end collision can occur. Usually, a rear-end collision is the fault of the driver in the back. Nevada law requires each driver to leave plenty of room to be able to stop for the vehicle ahead. Even if the car in front stops suddenly, you’re still supposed to leave enough room that you can stop your vehicle.
A rear-end collision isn’t always the fault of the driver in the back. If the driver in front puts their car in reverse, they can be the one at fault for the accident. It’s crucial to gather witness information and document witness testimony if you suspect the other driver is at fault for a rear-end collision.
Side-impact crashes can cause devasting physical injuries. Side-impact crashes can occur when a driver fails to stop at a stop sign or fails to yield the right of way. When you’re the victim of a side-impact crash, you need to show who had the right of way. You can rely on witnesses, skid marks, police reports, damage on the vehicles, and other types of evidence to make your case.
When two vehicles travel in the same direction on a multiple-lane road, a sideswipe can occur. A sideswipe accident occurs when one driver tries to change lanes while another driver is already in the lane and in the way. A sideswipe accident is usually the fault of the driver who tries to make a lane change while there’s already someone traveling in that lane. The damages from a sideswipe accident might be small, but a sideswipe might also cause a chain reaction that results in serious property damages and injuries.
A rollover crash occurs when a vehicle tries to turn quickly at a high rate of speed. It may be the result of a car trying to take evasive action to avoid a different type of collision. Although any type of vehicle may be involved in a rollover crash, a vehicle that has a high center of gravity may be particularly susceptible to roll over.
There may be more than one responsible party for a rollover crash. A driver may take evasive action to avoid another collision with a driver acting negligently. The vehicle’s manufacturer may be at fault for designing a vehicle that poses an unreasonable risk of a rollover crash. If you’re involved in a rollover crash, we can help you investigate the cause of the crash and where liability falls under Nevada law.
On some roads, there are two lanes of traffic that travel in different directions. These roads pose a high risk for head-on collisions. A head-on crash occurs when two vehicles traveling in different directions hit each other directly. One of the drivers may lose control, or they may drift over the center line.
If you’re involved in a head-on collision, it’s important to investigate the cause of the crash. Head-on collisions are often caused by distracted driving or operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It’s important to ask for a police investigation to determine the cause of the accident. The police can gather evidence to show who crossed the center line. If the other driver appears intoxicated, the police can investigate on your behalf.
Parking Lot Collisions
Even though parking lots may not be what you think of first when you think of traffic accidents, parking lot accidents are common. In a parking lot, there may not be a clear path of travel. It may be hard to see, or drivers may just be plain careless. Parking lot collisions that involve pedestrians can be severe.
If a parking lot accident occurs, the police may not respond. It’s important to take photos of the scene and get the other driver’s contact information. If other people see the accident, it’s important to get their contact information too. A parking lot accident may have surveillance video available. We can help you work quickly to preserve this valuable evidence.
If you’re involved in a parking lot accident, it may be best to file a formal legal claim. In some cases, you can get the relief you’re looking for by working directly with the other driver’s insurance company. Our attorneys in Las Vegas can help you determine the best course of action.
Pedestrian and cyclist accidents are not always the fault of the driver. Nevada law places a very high duty on drivers to watch out for bicyclists and pedestrians. People on foot and bicycles must also act with care at all times. An accident that involves a pedestrian or cyclist may result in serious injuries. If the victim of the crash is the pedestrian or cyclist, they may recover for all of their damages. The driver’s insurance may provide compensation.
Both wild and domestic animals can dart out into the road. Drivers may hit an animal, or they may hit property or another vehicle in an attempt to avoid an accident with an animal. The driver or the animal owner may be liable for an animal accident. It depends on who acted negligently in a way that led to the crash.
What Should I Do If I’m in a Car Crash in Las Vegas?
If you’re in a car crash in Las Vegas, our skilled injury lawyers can help. We can help you determine the cause of your crash. If you qualify for compensation, we can pursue the case on your behalf. Begin today by calling our offices to speak with a member of our legal team.