In conversation, we simply call them “car accidents,” but the reality of what happens can be so much more complicated. In one instant, vehicles can be damaged, lives can be altered, and people can be injured or killed. One’s life changes in a moment.
Nothing about a car accident is easy. Even when it’s minor, you still have forms to fill out, insurance companies and rental cars to deal with, and damage to be repaired. You may have significant out-of-pocket expenses and may need a medical evaluation to determine if you sustained injuries and require medical treatment. If you were fortunate enough to not suffer injury or major damage, you can generally move on with your life fairly quickly.
But many auto accidents are not so cut-and-dried. Perhaps one party was at fault, exceeding the speed limit or texting while driving. Perhaps a traffic light was malfunctioning, or a warning sign was missing. There could be alcohol or drugs involved. Depending on the severity of your injuries, your ability to do your job or pay your mortgage could be affected. If the accident was traumatic – and many are – you may suffer emotional issues as well. If a commercial vehicle was involved, the interaction with that company may make things even more complex. And if the worst possibility happens – if someone you love dies as the result of a traffic accident – then an entire family’s lives have been changed forever.
In 2017, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that traffic deaths rose 5.6 percent between 2015 and 2016, the latest year for which statistics are available. That number represented a total of 37,461 people who died in 2016 auto accidents. Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) increased by 2.2 percent, which means that the fatality rate per 100 million VMT increased by 2.6 percent. The categories that increased were in deaths caused by drunk driving, speeding, not wearing seatbelts, motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists. The categories in which there were fewer fatalities than in 2015 were distraction-related and drowsy-driving accidents.
At Mazzeo Law, we hope you never become the victim of an accident. But if it happens, we are here to help. If you find yourselves in these circumstances and you aren’t sure what to do, depend on us for advice, negotiation skills and the best possible outcome in your case.
We know you may feel uncomfortable seeking damages. But damages are meant to cover specific, verifiable costs: medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, future treatment needs, and pain and suffering that can go on long after the accident is over. Auto accidents can cause devastating injuries, among them traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and spinal cord injuries. The stakes can be pretty high, which is why an experienced Nevada personal injury lawyer makes a difference, and why you want to speak with an attorney before you speak to the other driver’s insurance company.
Peter Mazzeo has more than two decades of experience representing people in personal injury cases. As one of Nevada’s leading trial lawyers, he has extensive experience with auto injuries, insurance defense and bad faith claims. If you don’t have healthcare insurance or your doctor refrains from treating accident-related injuries, his office can help you make arrangements to be treated by the most qualified physicians and therapists available, and can help arrange for deferred payment if necessary.
Don’t feel like you have to have all the answers before you call us. We can work with you through the entire process. The important thing is to get help.
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