This month, a Las Vegas driver left a toddler critically injured following a hit and run crash. Reportedly, the toddler was crossing the street when a white van turned westbound onto the street, striking her, and then leaving the scene. Unfortunately, accidents happen all the time in Las Vegas, and many drivers do not stop. Did you know that failing to stop after an accident is against Nevada’s hit and run laws? Below we will provide Nevada’s hit and run laws as a reminder to everyone to stop after an accident.
We hope the below information helps you follow Nevada’s hit and run laws. If another driver injures you in a hit and run accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation.
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Nevada’s Hit and Run Laws
An accident can be stressful and scary for everyone involved. If you are a driver in an accident, it is important that you follow the law following the accident, including hit and run laws. Below are the applicable laws.
Nevada Revised Statute 484E.010
- The driver of any vehicle involved in a crash on a highway or on premises to which the public has access resulting in bodily injury to or the death of a person shall immediately stop his or her vehicle at the scene of the crash or as close thereto as possible, and shall forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene of the crash until the driver has fulfilled the requirements of NRS 484E.030.
- Every such stop must be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.
- A person failing to comply with the provisions of subsection 1 is guilty of a category B felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a minimum term of not less than 2 years and a maximum term of not more than 20 years and by a fine of not less than $2,000 nor more than $5,000. A person failing to comply with the provisions of subsection 1 commits a separate offense under this section for the bodily injury to or the death of each person that results from a crash with regard to which the person failed to comply with the provisions of subsection 1.
- A sentence imposed pursuant to subsection 3 may not be suspended nor may probation be granted.
Nevada Revised Statute 484E.020
NRS 484E.020 requires a driver to stop at the scene of a crash involving damage to vehicle or property. The driver must move the vehicle under certain circumstances. NRS 484E.020 states the following:
The driver of any vehicle involved in a crash resulting only in damage to a vehicle or other property which is driven or attended by any person shall:
- Immediately stop his or her vehicle at the scene of the crash; and
- If the driver’s vehicle is creating a hazard or obstructing traffic and can be moved safely, move the vehicle or cause the vehicle to be moved out of the traffic lanes of the roadway to a safe location that does not create a hazard or obstruct traffic and, if applicable, safely fulfill the requirements of NRS 484E.030.
Nevada Revised Statute 484E.030
If you have been reading closely, then you may have noticed that the above statutes both mention NRS 484E.030. NRS 484E.030 requires a driver to give information and render aid. NRS 484E.030 requires the following:
- The driver of any vehicle involved in a crash resulting in injury to or death of any person or damage to any vehicle or other property which is driven or attended by any person shall:
(a) Give his or her name, address and the registration number of the vehicle the driver is driving, and shall upon request and if available exhibit his or her license to operate a motor vehicle to any person injured in such crash or to the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle or other property damaged in such crash;
(b) Give such information and upon request manually surrender such license to any police officer at the scene of the crash or who is investigating the crash; and
(c) Render to any person injured in such crash reasonable assistance, including the carrying, or the making of arrangements for the carrying, of such person to a physician, surgeon or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that such treatment is necessary, or if such carrying is requested by the injured person.
- If no police officer is present, the driver of any vehicle involved in such crash after fulfilling all other requirements of subsection 1 and NRS 484E.010, insofar as possible on his or her part to be performed, shall forthwith report such crash to the nearest office of a police authority or of the Nevada Highway Patrol and submit thereto the information specified in subsection 1.
Nevada Revised Statute 484E.040
In Nevada, you have a duty to stop following a crash, even if there is nobody around. NRS 484E.040 states the following:
- Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, the driver of any vehicle which is involved in a crash with any vehicle or other property which is unattended, resulting in any damage to such other vehicle or property, shall immediately stop and shall then and there locate and notify the operator or owner of such vehicle or other property of the name and address of the driver and owner of the vehicle striking the unattended vehicle or other property or shall attach securely in a conspicuous place in or on such vehicle or property a written notice giving the name and address of the driver and of the owner of the vehicle doing the striking.
- If the vehicle of a driver involved in a crash pursuant to subsection 1 is creating a hazard or obstructing traffic and can be moved safely, the driver shall, before meeting the requirements of subsection 1, move the vehicle or cause the vehicle to be moved out of the traffic lanes of the roadway to a safe location that does not create a hazard or obstruct traffic and minimizes interference with the free movement of traffic.
Nevada Revised Statute 484E.050
In Nevada, drivers are also required to immediately notify the police following a crash involving an unattended vehicle or other property. NRS 484E.050 provides the following:
- The driver of a vehicle which is involved in a crash with any vehicle or other property which is unattended, resulting in any damage to such other vehicle or property, shall immediately by the quickest means of communication give notice of such crash to the nearest office of a police authority or of the Nevada Highway Patrol.
- Whenever the driver of a vehicle is physically incapable of giving an immediate notice of a crash as required in subsection 1 and there was another occupant in the vehicle at the time of the crash capable of doing so, such occupant shall make or cause to be given the notice not given by the driver.
EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
We hope the above hit and run laws discussion helps you understand your responsibilities after a Las Vegas car accident. If another driver injures you in a Las Vegas hit and run accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Some people wonder why they need a personal injury lawyer to help them. A personal injury lawyer will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
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