According to Las Vegas police reports, a stolen vehicle was involved in a crash that sent two people to the hospital.
The crash occurred around 10:45 a.m. at the intersection of Clarice Avenue and Jones Boulevard. Both drivers were injured and taken to University Medical Center. There is no word on their current condition.
After the crash, police discovered that one of the vehicles had been reported stolen.
Stolen Vehicles and Uninsured Motorists
Personal injury cases which involve a stolen vehicle can be more complicated than the average personal injury case. After the accident, the thief, if caught, may be arrested and charged with grand larceny. Because of the unauthorized use of the vehicle, it is highly unlikely the owner’s insurance company will willingly cover the costs and damages resulting from the accident. Instead, the insurance company may argue that they do not cover unauthorized use of the owner’s vehicle. Because the driver is not covered, the insurance company may argue, the people he or she injured are not covered either.
When someone is injured by a stolen vehicle, they may qualify for uninsured motorist benefits. Uninsured motorist benefits allow the injured party’s insurance company to stand in place of the uninsured motorist. If the injured party can show that the person who stole the car was responsible for the accident, the victim may be able to collect compensation for damages from his or her own insurance company.
In some cases, the accident may be a hit-and-run. This means that the injured party may not know who caused the crash, and therefore may not know against whom to bring a personal injury suit. In cases like these, the injured party may be able to file a claim under uninsured motorist coverage.
Under-insured motorist coverage is very similar to uninsured motorist coverage. If an insured driver injures someone but does not have adequate insurance to cover the damages, under-insured motorist coverage can pay the difference. Nevada statute dictates that if a driver has uninsured motorist coverage they also have under-insured motorist coverage. That means that you should be covered by your insurance if the at-fault driver does not have insurance or is under-insured.
Whether you have been involved in an accident involving a stolen vehicle, a hit-and-run driver or an uninsured or under-insured motorist, it is important that you act quickly. Begin by calling a personal injury attorney like those at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas. We can help you gather evidence such as police reports that will be crucial in building your personal injury case. Our team of personal injury lawyers can also help you negotiate a fair settlement or represent you in court, should your case go to trial.
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, act quickly and call the team at Bernstein & Poisson today.