Car accidents injure thousands of people on Nevada’s roads every year. According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, approximately 18,000 people sustain serious injuries on state roads annually, and many of these events result in lawsuits.
Unfortunately, some victims are unaware of the limitations on car accident claims that are unique to each state. For example, many injured individuals do not take notice of the statute of limitations that govern these lawsuits.
If you were in a serious crash that was not your fault, call the Truman Law Firm P.C. today. An experienced Las Vegas accident attorney from our practice can meet with you and assess the circumstances surrounding the accident. We can determine if you may be in a position to claim compensation for any medical expenses or lost wages that resulted from the collision.
Attorney Ronald W. Truman can guide you through the legal process and address any of your questions or concerns. Call us today at 702-821-1821 to schedule an appointment.
If you were in a car accident and are considering filing an injury lawsuit, keep the following time limits in mind:
Statute of Limitations for Car Accident Lawsuits in Nevada
According to the Nevada Revised Statutes, if you sustained injuries in a car crash and you wish to claim compensation via a civil lawsuit, you must approach a Nevada court within two years. The time starts from the day the accident occurred, and it expires on the two-year mark.
If you approach the court after the statute of limitations has expired, the court will likely throw out the case. The statute of limitations varies according to your state and the specific civil lawsuit, so it is critical that you act promptly if you think your injuries may warrant a claim.
It is important to remember that a civil lawsuit for injuries is separate from any criminal trial that may be ongoing. It is a common mistake for people to delay the civil lawsuit while the state is conducting a criminal case against the negligent driver.
Statute of Limitations outside of Court
The statute of limitations does not apply to claims made directly to the negligent driver’s insurance company, but it may have an indirect impact on your claim even if you do not go to court. If you try to claim once the time limit has lapsed, it is likely that the negligent driver’s insurance company will be more rigid during negotiations because it will be aware of your limited options.
For this reason, you should discuss your case with a personal-injury lawyer immediately after a serious crash, even if you think you may be able to settle out of court. If you are suffering from car accident injuries and wish to investigate the possibility of filing a claim against the negligent driver, call a Las Vegas personal-injury lawyer at Truman Law Firm P.C. today at 702-821-1821.