Vegas Police No Longer Responding To Non-Injury Car Accidents
In our last blog we discussed the importance of understanding Uninsured / Underinsured Motor Vehicle Accidents. It seems appropriate to discuss the new issue from Las Vegas Metro Police, who recently instituted a policy where they will no longer respond to car accidents unless an injury is reported. This new policy is similar to policies instituted by the police in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. Drivers in Las Vegas are now expected to exchange insurance information and file a report with the Nevada Division of Motor Vehicles within 10 days.
But what if your injuries don’t manifest until later that day or the following day as many soft tissue injuries do? Will insurance companies deny more claims because of the absence of a police report? One piece of evidence that insurance companies rely upon to make a liability decision is the police report. Without a report, the insurance companies may unilaterally make fault determinations that benefit them, not the injured motorist.
The full impact on motorists is not yet known, but time will tell if this policy is detrimental to not at-fault drivers.
If you need additional information, or if you are involved in a car accident, call Bellon & Maningo at (702) 452-6299.