Every time you drive, it is important to follow traffic rules and regulations to ensure your own safety and that of others on the road. However, rising numbers of road accidents show that drivers often ignore such rules by over-speeding, driving recklessly, and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Red-light running is one example of illegal and reckless driving behavior.
Because accidents have heavy consequences, it is important to know what to do if you are the victim of a red-light running crash in Nevada. Essentially, if you find are injured in an accident caused by a reckless driver, you should seek the help of an attorney who knows such cases and how they can help protect your rights.
The first and foremost concern is the personal and physical safety of all involved, and the second is ensuring that first aid and medical attention reach those affected. In the days that follow, medical costs, as well as legal repercussions, may follow, which only an experienced injury attorney can guide you through.
Your Attorney’s Role in a Red-Light Running Crash in Nevada:
News reports as recent as 2019 show that red-light running crashes have risen by almost 60% in the past decade. Because of the high risks involved, having an experienced attorney on your side is a major help. Listed below are some of the ways that your attorney can help you:
Evaluating the Scene:
Because a red light running crash is essentially a crime, it is highly possible that first responders are usually the police, whom you should contact as soon as possible for help. Your attorney can work with police officers to build upon evidence collected from the scene of the crash to determine where, when, and how the opposing driver hit you, and if such angles can be shown on both or multiple vehicles involved through crime scene reconstruction.
Even the timing of the accident, if exactly measured, can be helpful in deducing which lanes were open and which were red at the time of the accident. This can prove to be highly useful in later stages of proving that it was the opposing driver’s fault for running a red light and hence hitting your car.
Finding Video Evidence from Security Cameras:
Surveying the accident scene can also help you see if any security cameras in the surroundings might have captured the moment of the crash. However, state laws do not allow for red-light cameras so any video footage can only be found through police cameras, car dashboard cameras, or any CCTVs on surrounding businesses and buildings. Some major intersections might have cameras. Your attorney can get this footage through a surveillance footage request or public records request.
Eye Witness Testimonies:
To help prove the case, your attorney can also get in touch with witnesses to the road accident and collect testimonies to present in a court of law. Any bystanders or car drivers present at the scene can thus be invaluable to proving your case and ensuring that you are fairly compensated.
Examining Your Damaged Vehicle:
While auto repairs might be a big problem for you, the dents and damages themselves can help point to how the accident took place. This is because the severity and extent of the damage are almost directly linked to the speed at which the incoming vehicle was moving. Speed points to reckless driving as intersections and traffic signals almost always demand a slow approach.
Furthermore, the side which was damaged can also help decide if the incoming driver was too fast, breaking traffic rules, or trying to maneuver traffic irresponsibly by running a red light.
Much of the supporting evidence and information about your case can be found in the police report. Your attorney can help you study this document and identify key parts which can be used to build your case before a judge. A police report can be obtained by submitting the right documents and requests that your attorney will draft and pursue for you.
Call Today and Protect Your Rights:
If your life and property were threatened by someone’s careless act of a red-light running crash in Nevada, you need a professional attorney to ensure you are fairly compensated. Based on our core purpose of helping the injured, our team is dedicated to ensuring your safety.