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Steps for passengers involved in car crashes to take

by | Sep 27, 2018 | Firm News | 0 comments

Las Vegas and other cities around Nevada have taken steps to reduce the car accident rate. 2017 saw 24 fewer people lose their lives on Nevada roadways compared to the previous year. 

While fatalities are tragic, they are rare. Far more people merely sustain injuries following an auto accident. All drivers involved in the collision need to exchange insurance information, but many people are at a loss of what to do when they are only a passenger. It is vital for passengers to be proactive and take certain steps to protect themselves against any future injuries or legal problems. 

Collect information

Nevada is an at-fault state when it comes to vehicle collisions. That means whoever caused the crash will be responsible for reimbursing others for damages. You did not cause the accident as a passenger, so you need to determine who did. This can involve gathering information at the scene to help with the police report and insurance. 

When the police arrive, you can provide your own account of how the crash transpired. In the event that there are any eyewitnesses nearby, you can speak with them about whether they would want to provide testimony. In fact, it will be preferable for the passenger to take care of this because the driver will be busy talking to the other driver gathering other information. 

Ask to see a doctor

The moments after a car crash are not the time to be modest. If you suspect that you suffered any kind of injury due to the accident, then you need to see a medical professional right away. Even minor bruises and aches require medical attention because those symptoms could mask more serious problems. 

In the event that you feel fine, it is still a good idea to see a doctor, just in case. Because you are not the one at fault for the accident, the person who is will pay for any medical bills, so do not worry about the cost. Your overall well-being is what matters most.