Author: Steve Dimopoulos

Nevada Auto Accident Claims For Out-of-State Drivers

Auto accidents are nerve-wracking in general, but when people are visiting from out of state, it may become even more complicated. Different states have their own ways of handling accidents.

It is important that those involved in auto accidents who are not from the state understand the procedures for the area in which the incident occurred. There are a few key things to understand about a Nevada auto accident claim.

Contacting authorities

One of the most common things that people think to do after an auto accident is to contact the police. In the case of serious accidents, this is correct. However, for smaller accidents and fender-benders, this is not necessary in Nevada. In fact, if there are no injuries and the damage is less than $750, law officers do not have to respond. In such cases, drivers should still call 911 and file an accident report to have it on record.

Following protocol

Nevada crash laws fully detail the appropriate way to handle auto accidents. If safe and possible, the parties must move their vehicles out of the flow of traffic and assess any physical injuries. If either party sustained an injury, the other must assist. Also, both parties must exchange information. Though claimants must be especially careful to follow the rules, these are common practices that parties should follow for any accident.

Collecting evidence

Evidence is key to an accident case. For travelers, it is important to collect as much evidence as possible at the time of the incident. Some common pieces of evidence to gather include the following:

  • Driver identification and insurance information
  • Photos of the accident
  • Witness statements, if any
  • An accident report (if applicable)

In the case that either party receives severe injuries, it may not be feasible to get all of the evidence immediately. However, parties should work to get as much evidence as possible as soon as they can.

By keeping these things in mind, out-of-state drivers can build solid accident claims. It may also be beneficial to hire a local Nevada attorney to help get the most compensation possible for the claim.

Representation of Passengers After a Tour Bus Accident

As previous posts on this blog have mentioned, a lot of times, it’s not just people in other cars and vehicles who get hurt following the crash of a large bus. Whether a tour bus accident or similar incident involves just the bus or an actual collision with another vehicle, in many occasions, it is the passengers on the bus, often unrestrained, who wind up getting the worst of the collision.

The good news for these victims is that in Nevada, tour bus companies have an obligation to transport their passengers safely from point A to point B. When they do not uphold this obligation, injured passengers can and should seek compensation for their losses.

However, this does not mean that a bus company or the company’s insurance carrier is going to be willing to admit responsibility right away or, even if it does accept fault, be willing to pay compensation that will be enough to cover the full extent of a passenger’s losses.

It can be a very frustrating situation when a passenger is unable to get the money they need to pay their bills and put their lives back together, especially since the bus company made money off the passenger when it collected its fare, but is now not willing to make the situation right.

In these sorts of cases, our law office has a record of representing passengers successfully against a tour bus company. With our experience, we understand the special issues that often accompany accidents and other incidents involving large buses, and we are familiar with the different means and channel a passenger can use to pursue compensation for their losses.

Our goal in every case is to investigate thoroughly and assert our position confidently until our clients are able to secure the compensation that they deserve.

3 Contributing Factors in Charter and Tour Bus Accidents

Las Vegas is one of the nation’s most popular tourist destinations. Whether you are a local or someone who is visiting the area, you may feel the best way to see the sights is by using a charter bus. Traveling on a tour bus may seem like an economical and convenient way to for you to travel around town, especially in unfamiliar areas, but there is a dark side to traveling on tour buses you should know about.

Accidents involving charter buses do not happen often. When they do occur, passengers are at risk of sustaining serious and life-threatening injuries. Here is a brief overview of charter bus accidents.

Bus type

There are three types of tour buses: charter, local and commuter. Private parties often manage charter buses. They do not always have set routes. Charter bus drivers typically must travel different routes and may be unfamiliar with some of the areas they drive to.

Driver negligence

Not all private bus companies adhere to the laws and regulations that govern the transportation industry. Drivers may spend more hours on the roads than legally allowed, increasing the likelihood of them operating their vehicles while drowsy, driving while intoxicated, not having sufficient experience, not properly pre-tripping their buses and other issues that lead to bus driver negligence.

Equipment malfunctions and failure

Some charter and private bus companies do not update their fleets as often as necessary. They may use older vehicles without keeping them properly serviced and up to code. Some older buses do not have sufficient safety equipment, such as seat belts to protect the passengers. Equipment failure and defects increase the risk of harm to passengers when accident conditions arise.

There are a variety of issues that lead to charter and tour bus accidents. Before you make your tour bus reservations, be sure to thoroughly research your options and to consider the risks. If you are ever in a charter/tour bus crash, you might want to speak to an attorney for guidance.

Overview of Liability For Tour Bus Accidents

Since Las Vegas is a popular tourist destination, it is not surprising that many people come to this city from all over the country using various means of transportation. Rather than take a flight or drive themselves, some people choose to come here via a tour bus, as doing so gives them a fun and relaxing travel experience.

While this is all wonderful when the trip is uneventful, accidents involving tour buses can and do occur. In addition to those which grab national headlines because of a high casualty count, other accidents that are less prominent, including things like sudden stops, still impact the lives of passengers and other motorists profoundly.

As this blog has discussed previously, the bus driver and his or her employer are together responsible for the safety of the passengers on a tour bus since a tour bus is a common carrier, that is, part of a business outfit which makes money taking people, or property for that matter, from one place to another.

Therefore, if a bus driver through his or her own negligence causes any type of bus accident which leaves one or more passengers injured, then the bus company may have to pay compensation to the injured passenger for the driver’s negligence. Moreover, as is the case with any other vehicle on the road, a bus company will also have to pay if the driver causes an accident with another vehicle on the road.

However, following mass transit accidents, injured passengers and other people who got hurt may be able to look to other businesses for compensation as well following mass transit accidents. For instance, the tour guide which contracted with the bus operation may be responsible financially if it did not properly vet the bus company before offering it a contract to conduct a tour.

Ultimately, an injured passenger may also have to turn to his or her own insurance company provided they purchased coverage that would be applicable.

Drunk Driving Accident Kills 1, Injures 2

An accident in the Las Vegas area claimed the life of one person and left two others in the hospital receiving treatment for their injuries. Thankfully, the other two victims of this recent crash are expected to survive.

According to local authorities, the driver of one pickup truck ran head-on to another pickup traveling in the opposite direction on a two-way street, leaving both vehicles extensively damaged. Police say the driver responsible for the accident crossed out of his lane in to the oncoming vehicle’s path. Police suspect the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The man whom officers suspected of driving drunk died after being transported to the hospital. However, his acted injured a young woman and a toddler who were in the other vehicle. They both also were taken to local hospitals, and the extent of their injuries is not known.

This accident raises an important legal question for Nevada residents in that they might wonder what they can do if a negligent driver injures them in a crash but dies as a result of the car accident. Simply put, the victims can still pursue compensation in such cases, but will have to do so by filing a claim against the legal estate of the driver. They may have to even open an estate in order to do so.

In any event, this is just the latest illustration of how serious drunk driving accidents can be and how important it is for people either to driver sober or designate a driver after a night on the town. Those who choose not to be responsible in this way may face not only criminal allegations but also civil lawsuits.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal, “DUI suspected in fatal North Las Vegas crash,” Max Michor, Jan. 3, 2018.

How Negligence Laws Help Less-Than-Perfect Victims

Our law office has yet to represent a perfect person who has been injured in a car accident or other type of vehicle accident. There is always something that someone could have done just a little bit better in order to avoid an accident, even if they wound up getting the worst of the injuries.

The fact that a person did not do everything, right, however, does not mean that he or she deserves no compensation when another motorist, through negligence, causes him or her to suffer serious or catastrophic injuries.

Nevada’s negligence laws recognize this important point. In Nevada, an injured cannot sue for compensation if their own negligence renders them primarily, that is, at least 51 percent, at fault for the accident.

However, someone who was less than half at fault can still recover compensation from other negligent parties, but their compensation will be reduced by the percentage of the accident that is attributable to them.

To give a practical example inspired by a previous post, let’s say that a pedestrian starts to cross the street at a crosswalk, but only starts to cross when the red hand or “Don’t Walk” sign starts to flash. Technically, this is not appropriate since no one is supposed to enter the cross walk once the sign starts to flash.

While the pedestrian is in the middle of the intersection, a motorist makes an improper right turn on red, as the motorist was not paying attention and did not see the pedestrian. The motorist hits and injures the pedestrian.

Although it is ultimately up to the judge or jury, the pedestrian will likely be able to get compensation in a lawsuit after this accident, but he or she may see his or her compensation reduced slightly since the pedestrian should not have been in the crosswalk at the time of the accident.

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