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02/05

Police Officer Injured in Hit-and-Run

Posted by: Jack Bernstein

police officer injured hit and runPolice have reported that they are looking for a four-door sedan in connection with a motor vehicle accident that left a veteran Las Vegas police officer injured.

The unidentified male police officer, 45, was riding a motorcycle on Interstate 15. When he neared the Washington Ave off-ramp, a vehicle made an unsafe lane change. This sudden lane change caused the officer to break heavily, causing the motorcycle to spin. Luckily, the officer ejected before the motorcycle hit the cement barrier.

According to reports, the driver of the car stopped initially, then fled. The officer was taken to University Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Police are asking for information related to this accident from anyone who may know who the driver was.

Hit-and-Runs and Personal Injury

Fleeing the scene of an accident in Nevada, whether you are at fault or not, is illegal. Nevada’s hit-and-run laws state that every driver has the duty to render aid and give information (NRS 484E.030) in the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident. If an accident occurs which involves death or bodily harm, the at-fault party can face felony hit and run charges if they leave the scene (NRS 484E.010). The penalties are harsh, including mandatory jail time, high fines and the loss of driver’s license.

Accidents that involve a motorcyclist are far more likely to result in severe injuries. Motorcycle accidents also have a higher rate of hit-and-run than other types of crashes. Unfortunately, victims of hit-and-run accidents often find that they are unable to locate the hit-and-run driver who caused their accident and injuries. In order to collect damages, these victims are forced to seek payment from their own insurance policies or from other parties who may have liability.

In Nevada, the most common option for compensation in a situation like this is to make an uninsured/underinsured motorist claim. According to state law, all car insurance policy holders must have uninsured motorist coverage. This will protect them in the event of a hit-and-run accident or an accident involving an uninsured driver.

Uninsured and underinsured motorist provisions can be very difficult to understand. Often in hit-and-run situations, the insurance company may try to pay you less than the amount you deserve. Before agreeing to a settlement with your insurance company, speak with a personal injury attorney like those at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas. We have extensive experience negotiating with insurance companies and can help you get fair compensation for your damages. If you have been injured in an auto accident with an uninsured or hit-and-run driver, call Bernstein & Poisson today.

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