A serious motor vehicle accident can destroy lives. In an instant, you or a loved one can sustain a severe injury that affects your ability to work and function normally for weeks, months, or even a lifetime.

To make matters worse, knowing what to do after a serious car crash can be confusing. There’s so much information out there about auto accidents and what injury victims should—and should not—do. That’s why you need an experienced attorney on your side who understands the law and knows how to get results. At Cox & Wilson we know what you are going through. We have worked with countless accident victims throughout the state, as well as across the country. We have a well-earned reputation for helping injury victims and their families recover millions of dollars in accident compensation.

If you choose our team to help you with your car accident case, we will begin working on your behalf right away. In car crash cases, we typically start by helping clients get the proper medical treatment they need, followed by getting medical bills and lost wages paid. As a client, you will have our phone numbers and email addresses to reach us just about any time of day or night.

If you try to handle your car accident claim on your own, you will likely face a difficult uphill battle. Insurance companies are often quick to offer low-ball settlements that do not cover the true cost of victims’ losses. The adjuster may argue that your injuries were not related to the car accident. You may even be blamed for causing an accident that was not your fault. At Cox & Wilson, we know that you are not to blame.

What to do After a Car Accident:

  • Call 911
  • Seek medical attention as needed
  • Record the information about the other vehicle
  • Exchange contact info with the other drivers and witnesses
  • Take photos of the accident
  • Document your injuries
  • Contact a personal injury attorney

Common Causes of Car Accidents:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Speeding
  • Inclement weather
  • Reckless driving

What Are the Most Common Types of Car Accidents?

At Cox & Wilson, we represent victims of all types of car accidents, including but not limited to:

  • Rear-End Collisions: Rear-end car accidents are among the most common collisions and happen for many reasons, including speeding drivers or distracted drivers who are texting or using their cellphones behind the wheel. In such crashes, the rear-most driver is almost always responsible. But that doesn’t mean obtaining justice is going to be an easy process. Insurance companies may try to get you to give up your rights and accept an unreasonably low settlement. Contact our law firm and learn how our experienced team can help you.
  • Head-On Accidents: Head-on auto collisions are often among the most frightening of all motor vehicle wrecks. When another vehicle crashes head-on into your vehicle, the driver and passengers may face significant injuries. Such accidents often happen on rural roads, but they can also occur on highways and interstates, like I-95, in Las Vegas. Drunk driving, falling asleep at the wheel, and speeding are among the common causes of head-on collisions.
  • Crashes in Intersections: Some drivers either ignore stop signs and traffic signals or may be too distracted to notice them. As a result, these reckless or careless drivers sometimes crash into other vehicles, causing serious intersection accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that nearly half of all motor vehicle crashes occur in intersections. Many of these events result in catastrophic or fatal injuries because the collisions often involve side-impact crashes. These “T-bone” types of accidents typically have higher rates of death or serious injury because the occupants have little to protect them from direct impact with the other vehicle. What’s more, the accidents can become complicated because the drivers who cause them often deny any wrongdoing. They may say the other driver is to blame.
  • High Speed Accidents: Speeding remains one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in Nevada. When people drive excessively fast, they don’t have time to slow down and avoid a collision with another vehicle. The damage caused by a speeding driver often results in more serious injuries than in accidents involving vehicles whose drivers are observing the speed limit. Many drivers deny speeding before causing an accident. But there are some telltale signs they were going too fast, including lack of skid marks or longer skid marks on the road. We know how to look for such evidence and often consult with accident reconstruction experts to build the strongest possible legal case.
  • Fatigued Driving Accidents: Falling asleep at the wheel while driving might seem like an innocent mistake. Most people can relate to someone who was too tired to drive. But drivers who fall asleep while driving chose to continue driving when they should have pulled over and taken a break. It is this sort of carelessness and poor decision-making that causes asleep-at-the-wheel collisions—some of the most common, and deadly, accidents on our roads. Anyone who is a victim of a fatigued driver accident should seek the advice of legal counsel immediately. We can work with you to make sure your case receives the attention it rightfully deserves.

Along with common causes of car crashes, our attorneys have extensive knowledge on many other issues related to auto accidents.

How Can a Cox & Wilson attorney Help With Your Claim?

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by another person’s negligence, it is important to seek help from an experienced Nevada accident attorney. A knowledgeable accident lawyer can provide invaluable assistance throughout the entire process of pursuing fair and full compensation. With expertise and resources, an accident attorney in Nevada can seek damages for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses related to your accident. They will also fight hard to protect your rights every step of the way so that you can focus on healing without worrying about legal matters.

Other tasks a car accident lawyer near you can help with includes, but is not limited to:

  • Investigating the accident and determining fault: An experienced Nevada car accident lawyer will investigate the cause of your crash and determine who was at fault for causing it. This can involve gathering evidence such as photos, medical records, police reports, witness statements, vehicle information and more to build a strong legal case.
  • Negotiating with insurance companies: Car accident attorneys understand how to negotiate with insurance companies in order to ensure their clients are properly compensated for their damages. The attorney will handle all communications with the insurer on your behalf so that you don’t have to feel pressured into accepting an unfair settlement offer or deal directly with aggressive adjusters.
  • Representation in court: If necessary, an auto accident lawyer in Nevada may represent their client in court if negotiations fail and a lawsuit must be filed against another party involved in the crash. The attorney can provide legal counsel throughout this process including helping prepare documents such as pleadings, motions and other filings needed for the case.
  • Obtaining compensation from other sources: Experienced lawyers know how to pursue additional compensation from third parties who were not part of the original car accident but may still be held liable under certain circumstances (e.g., a manufacturer whose faulty part caused an injury).

Contact us if your motor vehicle accident claim involves:

  • A pedestrian or bicyclist hit by a car
  • Distracted driving
  • A person injured or killed by a drunk driver
  • A rideshare vehicle, such as an Uber or Lyft
  • An uninsured or underinsured motorist

Our team is dedicated to helping you seek the maximum compensation you are owed. We are experienced in going up against insurance companies and advocating for the rights of victims, and we have the resources and skills to effectively fight for you.

Calculating the Worth of a Car Wreck

One of the first questions we often receive from potential clients is how much their claim is worth. While we—nor any other reputable personal injury lawyer—cannot provide an exact dollar amount you can expect to receive, we can help you understand how car accident claims are valued and what the potential worth of your case may be.
First and foremost, there are two types of “damages” you can recover after an accident. In legal terms, “damages” are losses caused by an accident or event resulting from the negligent or wrongful conduct of another.

The two different types of damages in car accident claims include:

  • Compensatory Damages: Compensatory damages are meant to compensate the victim for his or her losses. These can be out-of-pocket expenses, as well as intangible losses that are harder to quantify.
  • Punitive/Exemplary Damages: Punitive, or exemplary, damages are intended to punish the victim for egregious negligence, intentional misconduct, and/or willful or wanton recklessness. Though they still provide monetary recovery to the victim, punitive damages do not necessarily compensate for any specific loss.

Our team is dedicated to helping you seek the maximum compensation you are owed. We are experienced in going up against insurance companies and advocating for the rights of victims, and we have the resources and skills to effectively fight for you.

Additionally, there are two types of compensatory damages:

  • Economic:These are losses that have a set dollar amount attached to them, such as medical bills, lost wages, and future lost income.
  • Non-Economic: These are losses that do not have a set dollar amount and are, therefore, more difficult to quantify. Examples include pain and suffering, as well as lost quality of life.

How Are Non-Economic Damages Calculated?

Unlike economic damages, which can be calculated based on their actual dollar value, determining the worth of non-economic damages is highly complicated. Typically, non-economic damages are calculated based on various factors,