No, Nevada is not a no-fault state. Rather, Nevada law requires that the at-fault motorist in a motor vehicle accident covers the cost of the collision. This generally means that the liable motorist’s insurer will cover most, if not all, of the victim’s losses.
This system makes Nevada a “fault” state, which is the opposite of a no-fault state.
Who Does the Fault-Based Insurance System in Nevada Affect?
The fault-based insurance laws in Nevada may affect you as the victim of a:
- Car accident
- Truck accident
- Ridesharing accident
- Motorcycle accident
- Pedestrian accident
- Bicycle accident
These are all circumstances that may require you to file an insurance claim. Then, the fault-based system will become immediately relevant.
What Does the Fault-Based Insurance System Mean for Accident Victims?
The fault-based insurance system in Nevada means that, in most cases, a motor vehicle accident victim will file a claim with the liable motorist’s insurer.
In no-fault states, motorists’ insurance covers losses, at least up to coverage limits. Regardless of who is at fault, a motorist generally files a claim with their own insurer. This differs from fault-based states, where the first option is generally filing a claim with the at-fault motorist’s insurer.
There are circumstances where you may file a claim with your insurer—if you need to file an uninsured motorist claim, for example.
How Do I Know Who Is at Fault in a Motor Vehicle Accident?
The American Bar Association (ABA) explains that negligence is typically the standard for fault in a motor vehicle accident. Negligent motorists are not trying to cause an accident, but their unreasonable behaviors increase the risk that an accident will occur.
Examples of motorist negligence include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Driving an unsafe vehicle
If a motorist causes an accident, they fail to take necessary measures to prevent a collision. This fact alone may make them negligent, and therefore liable for the accident and damages.
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How Should I Seek Compensation After a Motor Vehicle Accident in Nevada?
Motor vehicle accident victims in Nevada may seek compensation by:
- Filing a claim with the at-fault motorist’s insurer
- Filing a claim with their own insurer
- Pursuing a lawsuit against liable parties
Accident victims typically pursue insurance claims first, though each case is unique.
Potential Challenges Accident Victims Face During the Insurance Process
Auto insurers must consider their own financial interests. Unfortunately, insurers’ interests sometimes come before that of the policyholder. As you seek fair compensation through one or more insurance claims in Nevada, you may face:
- Allegations that you caused the accident: Because fault is such an important consideration in Nevada, an insurance company may try to avoid financial liability by accusing you of causing the accident.
- Denial of a claim: Insurance companies may cite a variety of reasons for denying a claim.
- A lowball settlement offer: Insurers may hope that you’ll accept a lowball settlement offer. Someone might accept such an offer because they’re not sure how much their losses cost, or they want to move on from their accident.
Challenges that arise during the insurance process could prevent an accident victim from getting the compensation they deserve. Having an experienced attorney lead your claim could protect you against these threats to your financial recovery.
What if an At-Fault Motorist Is Uninsured or Underinsured?
The Nevada Division of Insurance explains that motorists can purchase uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage. This is the type of coverage for which you may file a claim with your own insurance company.
An attorney from our team will review your insurance policy, consider the facts of your case, and file a UM/UIM claim if necessary
An Attorney From Our Firm Will Lead Every Step of Your Auto Accident Case in Nevada
Our firm fights for victims of negligence, including motor vehicle accident victims. Whether you file a claim or pursue a lawsuit, our team will:
- Identify liable parties
- Calculate the cost of your damages
- Document your damages
- Get witness accounts
- Hire experts
- Seek a settlement
- Complete a trial
A trial is generally only necessary if we don’t settle. Our goal in every case is to get fair compensation for our client, regardless of how that compensation comes.
The Van Law team will handle every detail of your case. We lead communications so that insurance companies, liable motorists, and other unfriendly parties cannot violate your rights. Because you choose to hire Van Law, you will be able to focus on your recovery.
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