Fender Bender Accident Lawyer Zachary D. Clayton Explains Dangers of Minor Crashes
Almost anyone who drives for a long enough period of time will eventually become involved in a fender bender, as car accidents are so common. A fender bender is a name given to supposedly minor motor vehicle collisions when minimal damage occurs to the vehicles involved in the crash. However, fender benders can be far more serious than most people realize, and the consequences of these accidents can be grave for those who are involved.
Because of stereotypes that fender bender accidents aren’t anything to worry about, it can sometimes be difficult for victims of fender bender accidents to get the full compensation that car accident victims are entitled to when someone causes a crash that hurts them.
If you are involved in a fender bender in Las Vegas and you want to ensure you are fairly compensated for the losses and the damage that you endure because of the accident, you should make certain you are represented by experienced Nevada accident lawyers.
What is a Fender Bender?
A fender bender is a term used to describe a minor accident, and usually an accident that damages the bumper or fender of the vehicle. Many rear-end accidents are described as fender benders because the back fender of the car is struck and is damaged.
Fender bender accidents can cause varying levels of property damage. However, more concerning to most motorists is that these seemingly minor collisions can sometimes cause serious injuries. In fact, there are times where a victim seems to have just a minor backache or neck ache after a fender bender, but in reality, the victim has sustained a severe soft-tissue injury that may never fully heal.
Because fender benders can seem minor but may be more serious than they initially appear, victims who are involved in a fender bender should make sure to follow best practices for after a car accident. This includes contacting the police following an accident, exchanging contact information with the other motorist, reporting the accident to an insurer, and getting a medical examination in the aftermath of the crash.
Who is Responsible for Fender Bender Accidents?
A driver who causes a fender bender accident can be held legally liable for property damage and personal injury that occurs because of the accident. In a rear-end crash, it is presumed that the driver in the rear vehicle caused the accident since the driver of the rear car had the legal responsibility to maintain a safe following distance.
However, it is always going to be up to accident victims to prove that another driver was responsible for a collision if the victim wishes to pursue a claim for monetary compensation for crash losses.
When a driver is working at the time of the accident, the driver’s employer can also be held accountable for a crash in most circumstances. That’s because the driver is seen as the employer’s agent and the driver’s negligence is the equivalent of the employer being negligent. This means if you were involved in a fender bender accident with a delivery driver or other motorist on-the-job at the time, it’s a good idea to consider whether you may be able to pursue a claim against an employer that might have more money and insurance coverage to pay for your losses.
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Compensation for Fender Bender Accidents in Nevada
As an accident victim, you deserve to be compensated so that you are put back in the position that you were in before the accident happened. This is called being “made whole.”
In order for you to get the compensation you deserve, you should receive monetary damages from the party responsible for causing the fender bender — or more likely from his or her insurer.
The compensation you receive should provide full coverage for past, current, and future financial loss. This means you should be paid compensation for any time you missed from work, lost wages, sick days or vacation days you used as well as for any future reduction in your earning power because of accident injuries. You should also be compensated for past and future medical bills that you incur due to being involved in the crash.
Non-economic or compensatory damages are harder to calculate, but can add up to a lot of money. You should be compensated for things like emotional distress and pain and suffering that you experience. Las Vegas accident lawyer can help you to prove how severely the accident impacted your life to maximize these damages.
Finally, in the event that a fender bender turns out to have fatal consequences, surviving family members of those killed in the collision can obtain wrongful death damages. While fatalities in fender benders aren’t common because these accidents are typically more minor collisions, they can happen, and those who lose loved ones deserve to receive full and fair compensation when they do.
Getting Help From a Fender Bender Accident Lawyer
LV Personal Injury Lawyers has helped many injured victims to obtain compensation for losses after becoming involved in fender bender accidents.