How to Read Your Nevada Car Accident Report

When you’re involved in a car crash in Las Vegas or anywhere in Nevada, the police accident report, formally called a State of Nevada Traffic Accident Report, becomes a key piece of evidence in your claim. Insurance companies use the police report as part of their determination of fault for the accident. Moreover, if the investigating police officer is called to testify in a deposition or at trial, he or she will most likely refer to the accident report when testifying.

That’s why it’s so important to know what’s in your accident report – and to set the record straight if it’s inaccurate. At Lasso Injury Law LLC, we can help you obtain, review and correct your accident report to protect your legal rights. Contact us today for a free consultation with attorney Al Lasso.

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Nevada Accident Report page 1

Vehicle Information Sheet

Page 1

Event Number, Accident Number and Agency Name are repeated on every page of the report and should match up.

The location and direction of travel of the first vehicle at the time of the crash are listed here. Pay attention to the “at fault” check box – remember, this is just the investigating officer’s impression, not the final determination of fault.

Contact and injury information for the driver of the first vehicle can be found here.

Vehicle information, including the applicable insurance policy, is here.

Pay attention to the “driver factors” and “vehicle factors” sections. These factors can contribute to fault for the accident and legal liability for damages.

The investigating officer lists the sequence of events that led to the crash here. If any of these don’t match up with your memory of what happened, you need to set the record straight.

Any traffic violations for the driver of this vehicle are listed here. These can affect liability for the accident, but note that a driver can be negligent without committing a specific traffic violation.

The investigating and reviewing officers’ names are listed at the bottom. This is repeated across all pages.

Nevada Accident Report page 2

Page 2

Event number, accident number and agency name are repeated across all pages.

This page includes contact and injury information for all non-driver occupants of the vehicle. Note that not all injuries are immediately apparent, so this isn’t the final word.

If the crash involved a commercial vehicle or school bus, relevant information is in the bottom section.

The investigating and reviewing officers’ names are repeated across all pages.

Nevada Accident Report page 3

Scene Information Sheet

Page 1

Event number, accident number and agency name are repeated across all pages.

This sheet describes the date, time and location of the crash. Pay attention to the information on roadway character and conditions – if someone was driving recklessly relative to the conditions, that can affect fault.

Any non-vehicle property damage is described here.

The investigating officer describes the “first harmful event” and an overall narrative of the accident. Again, make sure this matches up with what you remember.

The investigating and reviewing officers’ names are repeated across all pages.

Nevada Accident Report page 4

Page 2

Event number, accident number and agency name are repeated across all pages.

The investigating officer’s narrative of what happened in the crash continues onto this page, if needed.

The investigating officer draws a diagram of the crash here. If something looks off or out of order, take note and be ready to set the record straight.

Nevada Accident Report page 5

Non-Motorist Information Sheet

Page 1

Event number, accident number and agency name are repeated across all pages.

This sheet describes any non-motorists who may have been involved in the accidents, such as pedestrians or cyclists. Names, contact and injury information can be found here.

If the non-motorist was using a vehicle such as a bicycle, that vehicle will be described here.

Nevada Accident Report page 6

Page 2

Event number, accident number and agency name are repeated across all pages.

This sheet identifies the type of non-motorist (cyclist, pedestrian, skater, wheelchair user, etc.), their condition at the time of the crash, and their known injuries at the time the report was filled out.

If the non-motorist was hit by a vehicle, the vehicle number(s) here should match up with the preceding pages.

The investigating and reviewing officers’ names are repeated across all pages.

Nevada Accident Report page 7

Occupant/Witness Supplement

Page 1

Event number, accident number and agency name are repeated across all pages.

This page contains contact information for any witnesses or vehicle occupants who didn’t fit on previous pages (for instance, if the crash involved a van or bus with many passengers).

Click here to download a printable version.

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