Traffic Accident Investigation in Las Vegas: Comprehensive Guide for Plaintiffs

Traffic accidents can be confusing and traumatic, leaving you unsure of what to do and what to expect. If you have suffered injuries in a car crash in Las Vegas or elsewhere in Clark County, you should understand how a traffic accident investigation works. The investigation results could significantly affect any claim you file seeking compensation for your losses.

The Sam & Ash Injury Law team wants you to understand how a traffic investigation works and the steps you can take if you were injured due to another driver’s disregard for safety.

What Happens in a Traffic Accident Investigation?

The traffic accident investigation lays the foundation for a solid legal claim. Let’s explore what an investigation involves.

Documenting the Scene of the Crash

Time is of the essence after a motor vehicle accident. The scene will change rapidly as various parties remove their vehicles, clear debris, and render aid. Investigators will visit the accident site promptly to document the scene with photos and videos and to gather physical evidence. This documentation process will focus on details such as:

  • Vehicle damage
  • The position of the vehicles after the crash
  • Skid marks on the road
  • The layout of the road or intersection
  • Current road and weather conditions
  • Traffic control signs or signals

Thorough documentation of the accident scene can provide critical evidence to support your claim. Taking photos of crash-related damage to your vehicle and your injuries with your cell phone is helpful if you can do so.

Interviewing Witnesses

Witnesses can provide valuable insight into the circumstances surrounding the accident. Our Sam & Ash Injury Law attorneys can identify and interview witnesses, asking them to describe what they saw, heard, and experienced. Witness statements can be crucial in confirming your claims about an accident.

Acquiring and Reviewing Documents

Various documents, such as police reports, medical records, and insurance policies, can establish the facts of a personal injury accident. Your attorney can review these documents to identify who has financial responsibility and the sources of insurance coverage available to pay claims.

Investigating the Vehicles

Examining the vehicles involved in a traffic accident can provide crucial information about the collision. Investigators can examine the vehicles for any maintenance issues or mechanical defects that might have contributed to the accident. If a mechanical defect was a factor in an accident, our attorneys could seek to hold the manufacturer of the defective component responsible for the accident.

Hiring Experts

Accident reconstruction specialists, medical professionals, and mechanical experts can provide specialized knowledge and insights about how a traffic accident occurred. They can analyze evidence, offer professional opinions, and testify on your behalf in court. Their testimony can strengthen an accident case. It is important to work with a law firm with resources to hire specialists when needed.

Information Included in a Police Report

A police report is an essential document in a traffic accident investigation. In Nevada, a police report typically includes the following information:

  • The date, time, and location of the accident
  • The names and contact details of drivers, passengers, and witnesses
  • The make, model, and year of each vehicle involved
  • A description of the damage to each vehicle
  • Any injuries suffered by those involved in the accident
  • A description of the weather and road conditions at the time of the accident
  • A narrative detailing the events leading up to the crash

Police reports play a crucial role in car accident claims. Insurance companies assume they provide accurate and unbiased accounts. Police reports can establish a timeline of events, providing reliable information on the accident’s date, time, and location. They can identify potential witnesses whose testimony could support your claim.

In addition, police reports document injuries and property damage, demonstrating the severity of the accident and the extent of your losses. Insurance companies often give weight to police reports when evaluating claims, determining fault, and calculating settlements. Furthermore, should your case go to court, the police report and investigating officer’s testimony can provide evidence to prove negligence and illustrate the consequences of the accident.

Will Hiring an Accident Reconstructionist Be Necessary?

In complicated accident cases in which liability is disputed, your attorney might hire an accident reconstruction specialist to examine the facts of a crash and develop a theory about how the crash unfolded. Accident reconstructionists analyze factors such as:

  • Vehicle speed, movements, and positions
  • The sequence of events before an accident
  • Each driver’s actions leading up to the crash
  • Whether vehicle occupants were using seatbelts

How Can Our Las Vegas Car Accident Lawyers Help You?

At Sam & Ash Injury Law, we understand that the accident investigation process can be overwhelming. We want to help you seek justice and full compensation.

We are a different kind of personal injury law firm focusing on personalized service and individual attention to our clients. Our attorneys believe you deserve What’s Right. You’ll never be just another case number to us. We’ll get to know you on a personal level so we can develop a legal strategy that fits your specific needs.

Our dedication to our clients has helped us recover over $400 million for accident victims across Nevada and California. We have the knowledge, experience, and resources to take on even the most complex cases.

At Sam & Ash, we pride ourselves on our communication and availability. We know you have questions and concerns, and we’re here to answer them 24/7. We’ll always be available to provide the support and guidance you need.

Hiring Sam & Ash Injury Law won’t cost you anything out-of-pocket. Our fee is based on the amount we win for you, which means our interests are fully aligned with yours from day one.

Contact Sam & Ash Injury Law for a Free Consultation Today

Don’t let the aftermath of a car accident overwhelm you. At Sam & Ash Injury Law today, we believe you deserve What’s Right. Contact us today for a free consultation with an attentive car accident lawyer in Las Vegas.

Author: Sam Mirejovsky

For more than 20 years, Sam Mirejovsky has been helping people who have been hurt due to negligence and wrongdoing. Bringing a client-centered approach to every case, Sam believes that getting the care you need and the justice you deserve is only achieved when you take the time to understand your client and their personal circumstances. This mindset has helped him change the landscape of personal injury law and recover millions of dollars for injured people and their families.