A car accident is many Nevada drivers’ worst nightmare, especially when the crash is medically and personally traumatic. No matter how carefully a driver adheres to the rules of the road, it can be far too easy to fall victim to drunk driving, distracted driving and other negligent or reckless actions on the roadway. Following a car accident, not only does a victim have to deal with urgent needs; there are a number of questions about how to report an accident and how quickly to do so.

The most important thing immediately following a car crash is to seek any necessary medical assistance and treatment. Following the emergency period, it can be time to get working on reporting the accident and following up with insurance and legal needs, even while dealing with the medical aftermath of the crash. It’s generally a good idea to always report a crash to one’s car insurer, even and especially when the reporting driver is not at fault; most insurers maintain 24/7 claim hotlines to help accident victims file a claim at any time.

One’s car insurer is the central contact point after an accident; however, in some cases, there can be bills and additional damages that are not fully covered by insurance. In these cases, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit to recover for the losses. It’s important to stay abreast of timelines here as well; in Nevada, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years, and all claims must be filed within that period.

Accident victims who have suffered injuries through a car accident due to no fault of their own can work with a personal injury lawyer to seek recompense for their losses. An attorney may be able to help people obtain compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages and other damages.