Las Vegas Car Accident Lawyers at Aaron & Paternoster, LTD, Comment on Las Vegas Police Policy for Minor Auto Accidents

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Nevada auto accident attorneys at Aaron & Paternoster, LTD, weigh in on the Las Vegas police department’s decision to no longer respond to property damage car accidents in the city.

While it may be well-intentioned, this decision to no longer respond to some car accidents could lead to problems for people involved in car wrecks in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Police Department recently announced that police officers will no longer respond to minor auto accidents in the city, CNN reported. Las Vegas personal injury lawyer Matthew E. Aaron, co-founder of Aaron & Paternoster, Ltd., understands the need to tackle bigger cases, but said he is concerned that serious accidents may be overlooked.

Aaron expressed his comments in response to an article published by CNN on Feb. 25, 2014, about the Las Vegas police department’s new policy.

“While it may be well-intentioned, this decision to no longer respond to some car accidents could lead to problems for people involved in car wrecks in Las Vegas,” Aaron said. “We’ve handled accident cases that seem minor at first, but become complicated very quickly. Someone who causes a crash might understate the accident. Without police involvement, there could be problems in the reporting of the accident. Certain procedures must be correctly followed. Oftentimes, a detailed police report written by an officer at the scene can make a difference for someone who wants justice to be served.”

Last month, the Las Vegas Police Department announced that it would stop responding to property damage auto accidents in the city starting March 3, according to CNN. The city made the decision in an effort to allocate their resources toward “bigger cases.” Previously, the police department estimated they spent 250 hours a week responding to minor property damage car accidents in Las Vegas, according to CNN.

However, Las Vegas police officers will continue to respond to auto accidents in which someone sustained an injury in an accident, CNN reported. Las Vegas police will also respond to accidents if one of the drivers refuses to turn over information to the other driver, including insurance information, license and registration, CNN reported.

Las Vegas is not the first city to adopt this new policy of no longer responding to property damage accidents. San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles no longer respond to property damage car accidents, according to Las Vegas traffic chief Mark Tavarez, according to the CNN article.

Las Vegas, NV auto accident attorney Glenn A. Paternoster, co-founder of Aaron & Paternoster, Ltd., said the police department should reconsider its decision.
“Car accidents need to be properly documented, no matter how minor or major they might seem,” Paternoster said. “When we fight for victims of car accidents, we typically rely on the police report as a valuable piece of evidence. I’m concerned that this new policy will create serious headaches for people who are in accidents through no fault of their own.”

For more information about what to do after a car accident in Nevada or California and the legal options available to families, call (702) 384-4111 or complete the online contact form.

The CNN story cited is “Fender bender in Las Vegas? Forget calling the police. They're not coming.”

About Aaron & Paternoster, Ltd.

Attorney Glenn A. Paternoster co-founded Aaron & Paternoster, Ltd., with attorney Matthew E. Aaron in 1996. Aaron & Paternoster, Ltd., handles personal injury cases and wrongful death claims involving car, truck and motorcycle accidents and other acts of negligence. The firm also handles bankruptcy and workers’ compensation cases. For a free case evaluation, call (702) 384-4111 or visit

Aaron & Paternoster, Ltd.
2300 W Sahara Ave #650
Las Vegas, NV, 89102
(702) 384-4111

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