Nevada statute of limitations
The statute of limitations indicates how long you have to file a case after your injury. In Nevada, the statute of limitations for personal injury such as a car accident is two years. If your injury happened more than two years ago, you may not be able to file a lawsuit, but it’s worth speaking with an attorney to see what your options are.
Nevada motorist laws
- In Nevada, traffic laws can be criminal. In most states, traffic law violations are civil offenses, not criminal misdemeanors. However, prior to January 1, 2023, traffic offenses in Nevada were criminal misdemeanors that could mean jail time and a criminal record. As of January 1, 2023, Many minor traffic offenses are now considered civil offenses, which means they carry a fine but no jail time. The most serious offenses are still criminal misdemeanors or felonies. Because this law is so recent and there are exceptions to it, a professional auto accident attorney is highly recommended if you receive a Nevada traffic stop.
- No texting while driving. Nevada prohibits texting, using the Internet, and using mobile devices while driving. You can use the phone with a handsfree headset.
- Transition laws must be adhered to. When approaching a stopped emergency vehicle or a motor vehicle accident, unless a police officer tells you otherwise, you must:
- reduce your speed to a reasonable level below the speed limit;
- Drive carefully and be ready to stop.
- If possible and safe, drive in a lane not adjacent to the emergency or accident vehicle.
You may turn right onto red unless otherwise posted, Provided you have come to a complete stop at the stop sign, turn on the far right and give the right of way to other vehicles and pedestrians.
Determine the fault for a car collision
Nevada is a state of adjusted comparative neglect. This means that a fault in an incident can be assigned to one or all parties, depending on their actions. For example, imagine you are in the back while driving. However, one of the tail lights was not working properly. The court may decide that the person behind you was 80% responsible for the collision, but you were 20% responsible because of your broken tail light. You are entitled to 80% of the damages caused by the accident.
However, if you are liable more than the other party (such as the back-end driver in the example above), you cannot collect any compensation. You must be 50% or less responsible for the accident in order to recover the damages.