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Archive for July, 2013

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Importance of Police Reports in Lawsuits

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

At Remmel Law Firm we believe in educating our clients about what to do in personal injury cases, including automobile accidents. If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being injured from such an accident, it is essential that either you, a friend or family member contact the police immediately following the incident.

Making the Call

Knowing what to do following a car accident can be difficult, especially if you’ve been injured. You aren’t necessarily thinking clearly, let alone focusing on the other driver’s liability. However, contacting the police in the event of an automobile accident means a neutral third party will investigate the accident and write a report documenting what exactly occurred. You can use this report in your personal injury case, as it helps establish that the other driver was at fault.

Collecting Damages

The person who hit your vehicle is liable for injuries, as well as damage to your car or truck. Without a police report, it becomes much more difficult to establish liability, particularly if there were no witnesses. Utilizing a police report that documented what happened in the accident makes it much easier for your attorney to obtain damages sought. It also saves a lot of legal headaches and makes it less likely the the case will be dragged on for months. Having a police report that you can present to a judge is especially important if you are facing large hospital bills or if friends and family were also injured in the accident. Any attorney well-versed in automobile accident cases will ask you up front if there’s a police report on the case, so make sure to get one immediately following the crash.

Finding yourself the victim of an automobile accident is traumatizing. Let us help you sort the case out and get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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DUI Accidents and Punitive Damages in Las Vegas

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

People come from all over the world to visit Las Vegas and have a good time.  For some, this involves drinking alcohol and commuting on our public roads.  Unfortunately, this type of dangerous behavior keeps Las Vegas law enforcement extremely busy.  According to the Las Vegas Detention Center, the crime of driving under the influence (DUI) is the second leading cause of arrests in Las Vegas, and anyone who commits this crime poses a serious threat to anyone on or near a public roadway.  Because DUI accidents often result in serious injuries, and often times death, Nevada law (NRS 42.010) allows an injured person to make a claim for punitive damages against the at-fault driver who was driving under the influence at the time of the accident.

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What this means is the at-fault driver who is DUI is not only liable for the injured person’s injuries, harms and losses, they are additionally liable for punitive damages.  Punitive damages, while not expressly covered under an automobile insurance policy, are a great motivator to getting a DUI accident case settled for a very favorable amount.

Remmel Law Firm sues drunk drivers.  If you have any questions about DUI crashes, you’ve suffered a personal injury from a drunk driving accident, or for a car accident attorney in Las Vegas, you can contact our office for a free consultation: (702) 522-7707.

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Common Carrier Accidents: Southwest Planes, Trains and Escalators

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

Yesterday, at one of New York’s famed airports, the landing gear of a Southwest Airlines flight collapsed during landing resulting in injuries to no fewer than 11 passengers, including 3 Southwest Airline employees. This week, a patron fell down the escalator at one of Las Vegas’ famed strip casinos and, likewise, was injured. While these two preventable incidents may seem completely unrelated, there is a unique legal standard that a Nevada court would impose against either defendant in a common carrier accident (i.e., personal injury lawsuit). This is generally known as the “common carrier” rule.

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In Nevada, common carriers of passengers are “bound to use the utmost care and diligence for the safety of its passengers therein.”  Historically, Nevada Courts have determined that common carriers include airlines, trains, buses, and even escalator manufacturers.  Common carriers are liable for injuries to a passenger “occasioned by its slightest negligence, against which human prudence and foresight should have guarded.” It is important to distinguish this from the general legal duty imposed in most personal injury matters, or the generic “reasonable” standard.  So, when you are a passenger involved in a common carrier accident, you automatically derive certain legal protections and benefits that you might not otherwise enjoy.  As they say in the travel industry….know before you go.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, contact the top Las Vegas personal injury law firm to get the compensation you deserve. Schedule your free consultation today by calling (702) 522-7707.

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