Our Response To Las Vegas Metro’s Non-Response
As of March 3, 2014, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department will no longer arrive on the scene nor file incident reports on “all” traffic accidents. To conserve money the police will only respond to traffic accidents if one or more of the following occurs;
There are reports of an injury
Vehicles are blocking traffic lanes
The traffic accident was a “hit and run”
Any of the parties to the accident are refusing to exchange information
This new procedure is concerning and may cause serious legal issues in determining who is responsible for a vehicle accident. Without the police report, insurance companies will rely on client statements to make decisions of who is at-fault. Relying on statements of the drivers who have a vested interest in the outcome will naturally lead to a convenient recollection of the facts.
We think there are a few actions you can do to protect yourself;
If there is any possibility of an injury, report the incident to the police and request a response.
Get third party witness information. Gather their name, phone number and email.
Exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver.
Don’t move the cars until you have taken pictures.
Contact your insurance company and the other party’s insurance company to file a claim.
File an SR-1 report with DMV within 10 days.
We have developed a mobile phone app that helps you collect information and pictures. The app can be downloaded on iTunes and Google Play by searching “rightlawyers”. Contact our experienced attorneys for more information.