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Things that could hurt an accident claim

We hope our readers had a fabulous and enjoyable Independence Day holiday. But in Las Vegas, the holiday party is expected to go through the weekend given that we live in a major tourist destination. With guests arriving from across the world, it is not uncommon for mistakes on the road to lead to car accidents around Southern Nevada.

When this happens, it is possible to seek obtain legal remedies for injuries and property damage. At the same time, additional mistakes just after an accident could hurt your chances of getting compensation for your injuries. This post will delve into some of these mistakes.

Admitting fault at the scene – A driver may genuinely feel bad about an accident and may want to apologize for what happened even though they may not have been at fault; but these actions may be considered admissions of guilt in a court of law, which could affect the ability to recover money damages.

Threaten the other driver – In the same vein, being angry about what happened may be natural as well. But threatening the driver or actually harming them may lead to additional trouble before a remedy may be obtained.

Leave the scene of the crash – Under Nevada law, a driver may be required to stay at the scene until the police arrive and inform you that you are free to leave. Depending on the severity of the accident, it is a good idea to stick around so that insurance information can be exchanged, pictures can be taken and statements can be given.

If you have additional questions about what should not be done after a car accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can help.

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