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Humboldt Co, CA - Motorcyclist Severely Injured in Wreck on Hwy 96

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July 1, 2020

Reno, NV – Motorcyclist Killed in Collision Near Kietzke Ln & Taylor St

Reno, NV (July 1, 2020) – One man was killed in a motorcycle accident that was reported on Monday evening, June 29th, in Reno. According to authorities, the fatal collision took place at or near…

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Reno, NV (July 1, 2020) – One man was killed in a motorcycle accident that was reported on Monday evening, June 29th, in Reno. According to authorities, the fatal collision took place at or near the intersection of Kietzke Lane and Taylor Street at approximately 6:22 p.m.

Officers with the Reno Police Department said that a 39-year-old male on a motorcycle collided with another vehicle between Roberts Street and Miami Way. Emergency responders arrived at the scene where they found the motorcyclist unresponsive in the roadway.

The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene and the driver of the vehicle was hospitalized with minor injuries. At this time, the events that led to this incident remain under investigation.

RPD officials have not released the identities of those involved or any further information.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the victim at this time.

Fatal Motorcycle Accidents in Nevada

Reno, NV – Motorcyclist Killed in Collision Near Kietzke Ln & Taylor St

The rate of fatal motorcycle accidents in Nevada rose from 24 to 40 between the years of 2012 and 2013, according to reported data. Motorcyclists are at a high risk of suffering fatal injuries in a collision because of the vulnerability of victims, as well as the actions of seriously negligent drivers. Before moving forward, it is important to understand that you have substantial rights as the victim of someone else’s behavior.

At the Richard Harris Law Firm, our dependable and dedicated Nevada accident attorneys understand what it means to suffer at the hands of a negligent party. We believe that all reckless drivers who cause the injuries or death of another person must be held accountable for their actions, and we are prepared to fight for the compensation you deserve. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a collision with a motor vehicle, don’t hesitate to contact our Nevada motorcycle accident attorneys today at (702) 444-4444.

Notes: These posts were created through the use of secondary sources for the Richard Harris Law Firm. These sources include news stories and bulletins, local police accident reports, State Police News bulletins, social media outlets, and first- hand accounts about injury accidents that take place throughout the state of Nevada. For this reason, the information relayed in these posts has not been independently verified. If you identify any information that is incorrect or false in one of our stories, please let us know and we will correct the story to reflect the most accurate information available. If you would like the post removed, please let us know and will remove the post as soon as possible. 

Disclaimers: As highly regarded members of the Las Vegas community, the attorneys at the Richard Harris Law Firm are always working to improve the quality of life and provide overall safety information for all of the residents of Nevada.  We do this in an effort to create awareness about the dangers of driving and hope that our community members will make every effort to take the precautions needed to avoid these types of serious accidents. This post is not a solicitation for business and should not be viewed as such. The information in this post should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The photos used in this post are not representative of the actual accident scene.

Las Vegas, NV – Police Report Injuries After Collision at W Ann Rd & Old Grove Wy

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July 1, 2020

Las Vegas, NV – Police Report Injuries After Collision at W Ann Rd & Old Grove Wy

Las Vegas, NV (July 1, 2020) – On Tuesday afternoon, June 30th, police officers in Las Vegas were dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle accident with reported injuries. The incident happened at around…

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Las Vegas, NV (July 1, 2020) – On Tuesday afternoon, June 30th, police officers in Las Vegas were dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle accident with reported injuries. The incident happened at around 3:00 p.m. at the intersection of West Ann Road and Old Grove Way.

According to authorities, two unspecified vehicles entered the intersection where they collided for reasons that remain under investigation. Emergency crews were dispatched to the area to assist all those involved in the accident.

At this time, there has been no information reported concerning the extent of injuries suffered in the crash.

No further details have been released.

Our thoughts are with the victims and their families at this time. We hope for their full recovery.

Car Accidents in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV – Police Report Injuries After Collision at W Ann Rd & Old Grove Wy

Reports have verified that drivers in the Las Vegas area are about 21% more likely than the national average to be involved in a sudden crash. Serious car accidents in Las Vegas are unfortunately common, and many are caused by the actions of terribly negligent drivers. After an accident has left you or a family member with serious pain and suffering by no fault of your own, the first step forward is to acquire talented and proficient representation as soon as possible.

Abrupt traffic collisions end with severe pain and suffering all-too-often, and our compassionate Nevada car accident attorneys at the Richard Harris Law Firm understand the sensitive nature of such an incident. It is our belief that all reckless drivers who carelessly cause the injuries or death of another person should be held fully accountable for their actions, and we are prepared to go to work fighting for the compensation you deserve. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a car accident, please don’t hesitate to contact our Nevada car accident attorneys today at (702) 444-4444.

Notes: These posts were created through the use of secondary sources for the Richard Harris Law Firm. These sources include news stories and bulletins, local police accident reports, State Police News bulletins, social media outlets, and first- hand accounts about injury accidents that take place throughout the state of Nevada. For this reason, the information relayed in these posts has not been independently verified. If you identify any information that is incorrect or false in one of our stories, please let us know and we will correct the story to reflect the most accurate information available. If you would like the post removed, please let us know and will remove the post as soon as possible.   

Disclaimers: As highly regarded members of the Las Vegas community, the attorneys at the Richard Harris Law Firm are always working to improve the quality of life and provide overall safety information for all of the residents of Nevada.  We do this in an effort to create awareness about the dangers of driving and hope that our community members will make every effort to take the precautions needed to avoid these types of serious accidents. This post is not a solicitation for business and should not be viewed as such. The information in this post should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The photos used in this post are not representative of the actual accident scene.

North Las Vegas, NV – Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash on MLK Near June Ave

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July 1, 2020

North Las Vegas, NV – Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash on MLK Near June Ave

North Las Vegas, NV (July 1, 2020) – A motorcyclist was killed in a collision with another vehicle that took place on N MLK Boulevard, in the vicinity of June Avenue. It occurred on Saturday…

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North Las Vegas, NV (July 1, 2020) – A motorcyclist was killed in a collision with another vehicle that took place on N MLK Boulevard, in the vicinity of June Avenue. It occurred on Saturday afternoon, June 27th, at approximately 1:12 p.m.

According to law enforcement, the operator of the motorcycle as heading north when a westbound sedan on June Avenue made a left turn in front of the rider, and the two vehicles collided. Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene.

First responders transported the motorcyclist to UMC Trauma where he was pronounced deceased a short time later. The driver of the vehicle involved remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities.

The events that led to this incident are under investigation.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the victim at this time.

Fatal Motorcycle Accidents in Nevada

North Las Vegas, NV – Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash with Car on MLK Near June Ave

In the year 2010, a total of 44 fatal motorcycle accidents in Nevada were reported by authorities. Accidents involving vulnerable victims such as motorcyclists are often more severe than other types of collisions. This is particularly true when a seriously negligent driver is involved in the crash. Understanding your rights during such a time is of the utmost importance.

Our loyal and proficient Nevada accident attorneys at the Richard Harris Law Firm understand that there is often nothing more difficult than recovering from a sudden crash. We believe that all negligent parties who cause the unjust suffering of other people must be held fully accountable for their behavior, and we are ready to go to work on your behalf. If you have been injured or lost a family member in a motorcycle crash due to no fault of the victim, please contact our Nevada motorcycle accident attorneys at (702) 444-4444 today.

Notes: These posts were created through the use of secondary sources for the Richard Harris Law Firm. These sources include news stories and bulletins, local police accident reports, State Police News bulletins, social media outlets, and first- hand accounts about injury accidents that take place throughout the state of Nevada. For this reason, the information relayed in these posts has not been independently verified. If you identify any information that is incorrect or false in one of our stories, please let us know and we will correct the story to reflect the most accurate information available. If you would like the post removed, please let us know and will remove the post as soon as possible.   

Disclaimers: As highly regarded members of the Las Vegas community, the attorneys at the Richard Harris Law Firm are always working to improve the quality of life and provide overall safety information for all of the residents of Nevada.  We do this in an effort to create awareness about the dangers of driving and hope that our community members will make every effort to take the precautions needed to avoid these types of serious accidents. This post is not a solicitation for business and should not be viewed as such. The information in this post should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The photos used in this post are not representative of the actual accident scene.

Paradise, NV – Car Crash at Sands Ave & Koval Ln Results in Injuries

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June 30, 2020

Paradise, NV – Car Crash at Sands Ave and Koval Ln Results in Injuries

Paradise, NV (June 30, 2020) – At approximately 11:22 a.m. on Monday morning, June 29th, a car accident with confirmed injuries occurred in Paradise, according to authorities. Officers said that the collision happened at the…

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Paradise, NV (June 30, 2020) – At approximately 11:22 a.m. on Monday morning, June 29th, a car accident with confirmed injuries occurred in Paradise, according to authorities. Officers said that the collision happened at the intersection of Sands Avenue and Koval Lane between at least two vehicles.

Emergency responders were dispatched to the scene where they quickly went to work assisting all those involved in the crash. At this time, neither the number of victims or their present conditions have been reported.

Authorities are currently investigating the events that led to this incident.

No further details have been made available.

Our thoughts are with the victims and their families at this time. We hope for their full recovery.

Car Accidents in Nevada

Paradise, NV – Car Crash at Sands Ave & Koval Ln Results in Injuries

Reports have shown that motorists in the Las Vegas area are approximately 21% more likely than the national average to be involved in a sudden collision. Of course, serious crashes don’t happen only within Las Vegas as car accidents in Nevada are unfortunately common all across the state. After an accident has left you or a loved one with serious suffering by no fault of your own, the first step forward is to obtain skillful representation as soon as possible.

Abrupt traffic collisions end with severe pain and suffering all-too-often, and our compassionate Nevada car accident attorneys at the Richard Harris Law Firm understand the sensitive nature of such an incident. It is our belief that all reckless drivers who carelessly cause the injuries or death of another person should be held fully accountable for their actions, and we are prepared to go to work fighting for the compensation you deserve. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a car accident, please don’t hesitate to contact our Nevada car accident attorneys today at (702) 444-4444.

Notes: These posts were created through the use of secondary sources for the Richard Harris Law Firm. These sources include news stories and bulletins, local police accident reports, State Police News bulletins, social media outlets, and first- hand accounts about injury accidents that take place throughout the state of Nevada. For this reason, the information relayed in these posts has not been independently verified. If you identify any information that is incorrect or false in one of our stories, please let us know and we will correct the story to reflect the most accurate information available. If you would like the post removed, please let us know and will remove the post as soon as possible.   

Disclaimers: As highly regarded members of the Las Vegas community, the attorneys at the Richard Harris Law Firm are always working to improve the quality of life and provide overall safety information for all of the residents of Nevada.  We do this in an effort to create awareness about the dangers of driving and hope that our community members will make every effort to take the precautions needed to avoid these types of serious accidents. This post is not a solicitation for business and should not be viewed as such. The information in this post should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The photos used in this post are not representative of the actual accident scene.

San Jose, CA - Benjie Gomez Killed in I-880 Wreck 

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June 30, 2020

Las Vegas, NV – Motorcyclist Hurt in Collision at NV 159 and Desert Foothills Dr

Las Vegas, NV (June 30, 2020) – A motorcyclist was injured in collision with another vehicle that took place on Sunday morning, June 28th, in Las Vegas at the intersection of NV 159 and Desert…

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Las Vegas, NV (June 30, 2020) – A motorcyclist was injured in collision with another vehicle that took place on Sunday morning, June 28th, in Las Vegas at the intersection of NV 159 and Desert Foothills Drive at approximately 10:35 a.m.

Officers with the Las Vegas Police Department said the motorcyclist entered the intersection and collided with an SUV. Emergency crews arrived at the scene where they found the SUV on fire as a result of the violent collision.

The motorcyclist was transported to a nearby hospital with moderate injuries. At this time, no additional information has been reported about the condition of the other driver.

The cause of this incident is under investigation.

Our thoughts are with the injured motorcyclist and his or her family at this time. We hope for a full recovery.

Motorcycle Accidents in Nevada

Las Vegas, NV – Motorcyclist Hurt in Collision at NV 158 & Desert Foothills Dr

Motorcycle riders have reported as approximately 27 times more likely to die as the result of a collision than those in other vehicles. A total of 1,040 motorcycle accidents in Nevada were reported throughout 2010, many of which resulted in serious injuries or death. It is extremely important for all victims to understand their rights in the immediate moments following a sudden collision.

The Nevada accident attorneys at the Richard Harris Law Firm realize that there is often nothing more difficult than recovering from a sudden accident. We believe that all negligent parties who trigger the unjust suffering of other people must be held fully liable for their behavior, and we are ready to go to work on your behalf. If you have been hurt or lost a family member in a motorcycle accident due to no fault of the victim, please contact our Nevada motorcycle accident attorneys at (702) 444-4444 today.

Notes: These posts were created through the use of secondary sources for the Richard Harris Law Firm. These sources include news stories and bulletins, local police accident reports, State Police News bulletins, social media outlets, and first- hand accounts about injury accidents that take place throughout the state of Nevada. For this reason, the information relayed in these posts has not been independently verified. If you identify any information that is incorrect or false in one of our stories, please let us know and we will correct the story to reflect the most accurate information available. If you would like the post removed, please let us know and will remove the post as soon as possible.   

Disclaimers: As highly regarded members of the Las Vegas community, the attorneys at the Richard Harris Law Firm are always working to improve the quality of life and provide overall safety information for all of the residents of Nevada.  We do this in an effort to create awareness about the dangers of driving and hope that our community members will make every effort to take the precautions needed to avoid these types of serious accidents. This post is not a solicitation for business and should not be viewed as such. The information in this post should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The photos used in this post are not representative of the actual accident scene.

Sparks, NV – Pedestrian Hit & Killed at Dolores Dr & Pyramid Wy

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June 30, 2020

Sparks, NV – Pedestrian Killed at Dolores Dr and Pyramid Wy

Sparks, NV (June 30, 2020) – On Saturday night, June 27th, authorities responded to a fatal auto-pedestrian accident that took place in Sparks. The fatal collision was reported at around 9:00 p.m. at the intersection…

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Sparks, NV (June 30, 2020) – On Saturday night, June 27th, authorities responded to a fatal auto-pedestrian accident that took place in Sparks. The fatal collision was reported at around 9:00 p.m. at the intersection of Dolores Drive and Pyramid Way.

According to law enforcement officials, an unidentified pedestrian was walking across the intersection when they were struck by a vehicle. Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene where the victim was pronounced deceased.

Neither the identity of the victim nor any further details have been reported. The events that led to this incident remain under investigation.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.

Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Nevada

Sparks, NV – Pedestrian Hit & Killed at Dolores Dr & Pyramid Wy

According to statistics, the state of Nevada has the fifth-highest rate of reported pedestrian fatalities. Throughout the country, a pedestrian is struck and killed approximately every 88 minutes. Pedestrian accidents in Nevada, like anywhere else, are recurrently severe and often catastrophic. Understanding your rights as a victim or a loved one is of the utmost importance, moving forward.

At the Richard Harris Law Firm, our dedicated Nevada accident attorneys understand what it means to suffer at the hands of a negligent party. We believe that all reckless drivers who cause the injuries or death of another person must be held accountable for their actions, and we are prepared to fight for the compensation you deserve. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident with a motor vehicle, don’t hesitate to contact our Nevada car accident attorneys today at (702) 444-4444.

Notes: These posts were created through the use of secondary sources for the Richard Harris Law Firm. These sources include news stories and bulletins, local police accident reports, State Police News bulletins, social media outlets, and first- hand accounts about injury accidents that take place throughout the state of Nevada. For this reason, the information relayed in these posts has not been independently verified. If you identify any information that is incorrect or false in one of our stories, please let us know and we will correct the story to reflect the most accurate information available. If you would like the post removed, please let us know and will remove the post as soon as possible.   

Disclaimers: As highly regarded members of the Las Vegas community, the attorneys at the Richard Harris Law Firm are always working to improve the quality of life and provide overall safety information for all of the residents of Nevada.  We do this in an effort to create awareness about the dangers of driving and hope that our community members will make every effort to take the precautions needed to avoid these types of serious accidents. This post is not a solicitation for business and should not be viewed as such. The information in this post should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The photos used in this post are not representative of the actual accident scene.

Filed under: Accident Blog, Auto Accident

March 18, 2020

Auto Accident Series Supplemental: Rental Car Accidents

If you’re visiting Las Vegas or elsewhere for business or pleasure, you may decide to rent a car to get around during your stay. If you get in an accident in a rental car, you…

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auto accident lawyers in NevadaIf you’re visiting Las Vegas or elsewhere for business or pleasure, you may decide to rent a car to get around during your stay. If you get in an accident in a rental car, you may find that the rental vehicle adds a level of difficulty to the accident claim that you didn’t expect. Stress under such circumstances is understandable since getting into an accident with a rental car is more complex than if you were driving your own vehicle.

Rental companies offer supplemental insurance to help with accidents that may occur during the rental of a vehicle, however, many renters do not avail themselves of these additional services believing that their own insurance will provide adequate coverage in such cases. Whether that is true depends on what coverages are carried on the renter’s personal vehicle insurance policy.

The Additional Complexities of Rental Car Accidents

While the normal rules of liability apply to accidents that occur when renting a car, which means that the at-fault party’s liability coverage will pay for injuries resulting from the accident, your agreement with the rental agency makes you responsible for all damage to the rental vehicle during the period of the rental, even if you were not at fault.

The rental agency may require you to pay your policy deductible directly to them and you may be required to pay to repair the damage to the vehicle and later attempt to recoup the charges from your personal insurance carrier. Additionally, you may be required to pay Loss of Use fees to cover the rental company’s lost profit while the vehicle is being repaired. While your personal insurance may cover Loss of Use, if there’s a difference between your policy limits and the loss of use fee, you can be charged for the difference.

While the procedure for handling an accident in a rental car are roughly the same as when driving your own vehicle, additionally, you are required to report the accident, even a roll-over accident, to the rental company, and since you will be making claims against multiple insurance companies, we recommend that you hire an lawyer to assist with the complexities of the claim.

Common Insurance Coverages Available for Rental Car Accidents

There may be multiple sources of coverage available when getting into an accident while renting a car. A summary of common sources of insurance coverage are as follows:

  • Your personal vehicle insurance. Personal vehicle insurance covers collision and liability for medical payments in an accident up to the limits of liability of the policy. Additionally, if you carry optional coverages such as MedPay you may make use of Medical Payments provisions of your personal vehicle insurance. Since MedPay is an optional coverage in many states you may or may not have this coverage. Additionally, if you carry the optional UM/UIM coverage on your personal vehicle insurance, if the other driver was at fault for the accident and had no insurance, or inadequate insurance to cover the expenses you incurred, UM/UIM may cover those losses. UM/UIM is an optional coverage in Nevada and your policy may not include this coverage.
  • Credit Card Coverage. Many credit cards provide insurance for rental cars when the vehicle is rented on that card. This coverage usually only applies to collision coverage, although you should check with the credit card company to see if additional coverages are available.
  • Supplemental Insurance Provided by the Rental Car Company. Most supplemental coverages of this type require you to opt in at the time you rent the car which increases the cost of the rental. Many people regularly decline such coverages due to the increased costs. You have several options if you do decide to accept these coverages which include:
    • Collision Damage Waiver – covers damage to the vehicle due to accident and theft of the vehicle
    • Liability Coverage – If you are at fault as the renter of the vehicle, this insurance covers the collision and medical payments for injuries to the other party
    • Personal Accident Coverage – Covers medical expenses of the renter of the vehicle and any passengers in the vehicle when the accident occurred.
    • Personal Property Coverage – This covers your lost or damaged personal property in the rental vehicle at the time of the accident.

The Richard Harris Law Firm will make claims for all available coverages in a car accident

Whether driving your personal vehicle or a rental car, your main concern when getting into an accident should be your recovery. Our firm will handle to details of finding all coverages and making claims against the applicable insurance policies making sure that all sources of compensation are being considered to obtain the funding needed for your medical bills and other losses incurred in a car accident. If you’ve been in a rental car accident, call our firm today to discuss your potential case at 702-444-4444.

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February 11, 2020

Auto Accidents – What is No Fault Insurance?

State laws determine under what circumstances you can sue a negligent driver for damages. The traditional system prior to the 1970’s was a tort liability system under which a driver who suffers injuries from a…

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State laws determine under what circumstances you can sue a negligent driver for damages. The traditional system prior to the 1970’s was a tort liability system under which a driver who suffers injuries from a car accident was able to sue the “at fault” driver for damages such as medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc.  In the 1970’s a new system, called No Fault Liability, was adopted by roughly half the states, which was promised to simplify claims, reduce insurance costs, and get benefits to insureds sooner.

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Under a No-Fault system your right to sue a negligent driver was severely limited and claims for medical costs and other damages was paid by your own insurance company regardless of who caused the accident, hence No Fault.  Unfortunately, rates for No-Fault Insurance plans skyrocketed due to the increased costs of medical care, and fraudulent claims.  In fact, Michigan, which has the most robust No Fault system in the country, also has the highest insurance rates in the country.

While roughly half the states opted for No-Fault plans during the 1970’s, due to increasing health costs, and rampant insurance fraud most of these states have moved back to a tort liability plan or a variation thereof.  Today only 12 states, and Puerto Rico continue to use straight No Fault plans.  Most of the western states are tort liability states, however, Utah and Kansas continue to maintain No Fault plans.

States using No Fault Liability:

  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Kansas (borders Colorado)
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Pennsylvania
  • Utah (borders Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming)

Most No Fault Insurance plans feature three components, Personal Injury Protection (PIP), Property Protection (PPI), and Residual Liability Insurance.  Each component of the plan carries its own coverages and limits.

Colorado allowed it’s No Fault laws to expire in 2003, replaced by a tort liability system.  By 2008, insurance premiums had reduced by 35 percent.  Other states have dropped No Fault and have seen similar reductions in premiums.  A few other No Fault states are considering dropping No Fault at this time.

What happens if I get into an accident in a No Fault state?

If you’re traveling and get into an accident in one of the No Fault states, typically your insurance from the state in which you reside will determine whether you have a right to sue, no matter where you’re driving as long as you were not At Fault.  However, it adds a level of complexity to the auto accident claim.  It is advisable under those circumstances to consult an attorney as soon after the accident as possible, to preserve your rights.

For drivers who cause accidents while driving in Nevada, California, Arizona, and Colorado, but who live in and insure their vehicles in No Fault states, can still be sued if they were the At Fault driver under the state’s tort liability laws in which the accident occurred.  You should consult an attorney in such cases.

The Richard Harris Law Firm represents you for injury claims due to Auto Accidents

No Fault liability was a system that initially promised to speed insurance claims, simplify the claims process, and reduce insurance premiums.  Those benefits were not fully realized, and many states have reverted to the traditional tort liability system such as those that exist in Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, and California.  Utah remains a No Fault state.  Our firm has specialists in all five states, who are knowledgeable and experienced in getting the most money for you when you get in a car accident.  If you’ve been in a car accident, call us today at 702-444-4444 or email us at [email protected]

Learn More:

https://www.carinsurance.com/no-fault-states.aspx