As a Reno personal injury accident lawyer, many people ask what happens when more than one person is responsible for an accident. For example, if several careless drivers cause a wreck on I-80, more than one driver would be at fault. Read below to find out who is at fault if you are in such an accident.
The law in Nevada mentions that any one of the careless parties is responsible for compensating you fully for your injuries. A defendant is only responsible for the injuries he or she caused. While some states make each defendant liable for all injuries sustained, Nevada does not.
If you were partially at fault you may still be entitled to reimbursement. Nevada follows the modified comparative fault rule, meaning that the injured party can recover if his or her fault is fifty percent or less. If you are at fault for 51 percent of injuries, you are not entitled to reimbursement. If you are 50 percent responsible for your injuries you would be reimbursed for half of what would be entitled to you had you not been at fault.
If one or more people are responsible for your injuries, you should contact personal injury lawyer Gene Drakulich immediately to ensure you receive your legally entitled compensation.
To find out whether a a Reno personal injury lawyer is right for you, sit down with the lawyer to discuss your claim and possible ways of handling it. Bring copies of all your documents: police report, medical records and bills, income loss information, and all correspondence with the insurance company.
Before you meet with the lawyer, find out whether he or she will charge you for the first interview. If the lawyer wants to charge you just for discussing whether or not to take your case, go somewhere else.
After you tell him or her about your case you will want to ask some things of your lawyer. How long has the lawyer been in practice? Roughly what percentage of the lawyer’s practice involves personal injury cases? Does the personal injury lawyer most often represent plaintiffs or defendants? Would the lawyer personally handle your case or pass it along to another lawyer in the office?
You want a lawyer whose specialty is personal injury and do not want to be represented by someone who has primarily been a lawyer for defendants. If you are working with multiple lawyers, find out which lawyer would have responsibility for the case and which lawyer you would be dealing with directly.
Gene Draculich specializes in personal injury law and has been practicing law in Reno for 27 years. He handles each of his cases personally. Contact Gene today for a free consultation.
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