Reno Car Accident Lawyers
Representing Clients Throughout Northern Nevada
Every day, thousands of people are injured or lose their lives in motor vehicle crashes. As tragic as these accidents are, the fact remains that the vast majority of them could have been avoided. The number one cause of motor vehicle accidents—whether they involve passenger cars, commercial trucks, motorcycles, or any other type of vehicle—is negligence.
If you were injured or if your loved one was killed in a car accident in Northern Nevada, and you believe someone else was at fault for the crash, you could have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. This allows you to seek financial recovery for your damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
When you choose Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. to represent you after a car accident, you can count on working with an actual lawyer, not a paralegal. Our Reno car accident attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience and a commitment to providing the highest level of client service. As a result, we have become known as a leading Northern Nevada law firm, able to take on the most complex cases and the largest opponents.
Request a free, confidential consultation with our team by calling (775) 227-2280 or by contacting us online today.
Why Choose Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P.?
Since 1998, our firm has secured sizeable results for our personal injury clients, all of whom were facing massive expenses and severe injuries. Our work has earned us numerous awards and accolades in the legal community, but our most important goal has been helping our clients move forward with their lives. Our Reno car accident attorneys are ready to fight tirelessly for your maximum recovery under the law.
People choose us because:
- We have recovered millions of dollars for the injured
- Our firm serves Spanish-speaking clients
- We are Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Our team has over a century of combined trial experience
- Many of our attorneys are included in Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
- There are no fees unless we win your case
Types of Car Accident Cases We Handle
We handle all types of auto accident cases, including but not limited to:
- Rear-end collisions
- Drunk driving accidents
- Texting and other distracting behaviors while driving
- Aggressive driving accidents
- Hit and run accidents
- Turning into the wrong lane
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Reckless/aggressive driving
- Commercial vehicle accidents
- Fatigued driving/fall asleep at the wheel
If you believe that another motorist’s negligence contributed to or caused the accident that left you suffering serious, life-altering injuries, reach out to our team to learn more about your legal options.
How to Claim a Car Accident Injury in Nevada
Nearly every car accident victim has the right to file a personal injury claim against the driver who caused the collision in the state of Nevada.
It is important for victims to remember that, in order for a claim to hold true, they must be able to prove the following components of a car crash claim:
- Duty of Care: Each motorist has the duty to operate their car or vehicle in a safe manner in order to protect other individuals and their property. Accordingly, motorists are expected to abide by speed limits, traffic signs, traffic laws, turn signals, and other things put in place to safeguard other roadway users.
- Breach of Duty of Care: A victim filing a personal injury claim must first prove that the at-fault motorist breached his or her duty of care, causing the vehicle collision. Often, these breaches of duty result in injured pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists. Even minor breaches of duty of care can result in severe collisions. More egregious breaches—such as reckless driving, drunk driving, and running red lights—can cause catastrophic and, in the worst cases, fatal injuries. In some cases, an at-fault driver can be criminally punished.
- Causation: Next, the victim must prove that the motorist’s breach of duty directly caused his or her injuries. Causation can be considered cause-in-fact or proximate. Causation is considered cause-in-fact when the breach is a direct cause of the victim’s injuries. Causation is considered proximate when the breach does not directly cause the injury, but the injuries would not have occurred if the breach never occurred.
What If I Was Partly at Fault for the Accident?
In many cases, fault is not clear-cut. Rather, several different factors may have contributed to an accident and there may be some degree of shared fault, meaning both you and the other motorist are partially to blame. In Nevada, being partly at fault for a car accident does not bar you from filing a personal injury claim and seeking financial recovery. However, the state’s comparative negligence rules state that you must be less than 50% at fault for the accident to receive any compensation.
For example, if you failed to come to a full and complete stop at a stop sign and, as you drove through the intersection, were hit by a distracted driver who was speeding and did not stop at all at the stop sign, a jury might decide that you are 30% to blame for the accident. Your degree of fault will be used to reduce the total amount you could have otherwise recovered if you were not to blame whatsoever. So, in this example, your overall recovery will be reduced by 30%—if your total damages amounted to $10,000, you can only recover up to 70%, or $7,000.
If a jury decides that you are more than 50% at fault for an accident, you will not be able to recover any compensation after the accident.
Medical Payment Coverage: Leaving More Money in Your Pocket
If you have medical payment coverage on your own auto policy, it is important to exhaust this coverage first. If you are in a car accident and your health insurance pays for your medical bills, we will have to reimburse your health insurance out of your settlement. However, we do not have to reimburse your auto insurance company for the money it pays toward your bills.
If You Cannot Afford Treatment, We Can Help
Sometimes, clients don’t have insurance or the ability to pay for medical treatment at all. In such cases, we work with physicians, psychologists, and other medical professionals who will treat clients on a lien basis. In other words, we can often arrange for you to be seen and treated by a doctor who will agree to be paid out of your personal injury settlement money.
With our contingency fee arrangement, our firm takes no fee unless your win your case, so there are no out-of-pocket costs to worry about. If you’ve been severely injured in a car accident, let our Reno car accident attorneys fight to hold those at fault responsible and help you get the care you need. You cannot take back your injuries, but you can take back your future.
Serving Reno, Carson City, Sparks & Northern Nevada
Whether you were sideswiped by a drunk driver or rear-ended by a texting teen, Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. can help you work to get the medical treatment and compensation you need and deserve. We offer free initial consultations and can meet with you on weekends or in the evening upon request. Our firm offers legal services in both English and Spanish.
Contact us online or call our office at (775) 227-2280 today to schedule your free, confidential consultation.
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