Nevada law requires that any driver involved in a traffic accident immediately stop his vehicle at the scene of the accident or, if his vehicle is obstructing traffic, to a location as close as possible. The law also requires that the driver of any vehicle involved in an accident file a report with the police department.
Assembly Bill No. 71 changes these laws. The bill clarifies the procedures for traffic accidents outlined in NRS 484.221 and modifies a requirement of NRS 484.223.
NRS 484.221 states that a driver involved in a traffic accident must move his vehicle if it is obstructing traffic. The bill changes the original statute to include the words: “As soon as reasonably practical.” The bill also adds that the vehicle must be able to be moved “safely.”
Assembly Bill No. 71 also adds a new section that changes NRS 484.223.
NRS 484.223 states that: “The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person or damage to any vehicle or other property which is driven or attended by any person shall… forthwith report such accident to the nearest office of a police authority.”
The new bill changes this requirement and provides that: “A driver who moves or causes his vehicle to be moved…is not required to file a report pursuant to NRS 484.223 or 484.229.” If a driver moves or causes his vehicle to be moved then that driver is no longer required to file a report.
For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Car and Motorcycle Accidents.
Steve is the Managing Shareholder of Steven J. Klearman & Associates, a civil litigation law firm located in Reno, Nevada. He practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation and injury law, and has authored one of the definitive guides to Nevada civil law that is widely used by Nevada judges and attorneys, his book entitled Elements of Nevada Legal Theories.