Accidents Involving Public Buses in Las Vegas: What to Expect for a Victim?
Public bus accidents in Las Vegas often cause serious personal injuries that rack up tens of thousands of dollars of medical bills or more for a victim. While bus drivers and companies have a high duty of care to navigate Nevada roads safely and not be distracted, this does not always happen.
Because of the sheer size and mass of public buses, a serious accident can leave many victims with devastating injuries that mandate years of recovery and rehabilitation.
Many bus accident victims leave the crash scene injured, confused and unsure of what to do. But most of these victims probably deserve financial compensation for their accident injuries, and LV Personal Injury Lawyers can help.
What Makes Bus Accidents Different From Cars
The size and weight of a public bus are easily eight or ten times of a passenger car. If there is a head-on crash with a passenger vehicle, that vehicle can be destroyed and the occupants killed. Also, most buses lack seat belts, so in a rollover, bus occupants can be ejected through the windows, and be seriously injured or killed.
Nevada Law and Public Bus Company Legal Responsibilities
By Nevada law, bus company operators have a higher duty of care and must get a passenger to and from place to place safely. Must bus accident cases we see in Las Vegas involve negligence due to the driver or operator. These lawsuits are complex, so it is important to work with an experienced Las Vegas personal injury attorney who is skilled in negotiating settlements and going to trial in Clark County.
There are three vital elements that must be addressed and proven for a bus accident lawsuit in Nevada to be successful:
- The operator acted in a negligent fashion, which led to your injury
- The operator breached their high-level duty of care, resulting in the accident
- The plaintiff suffered actual injuries in the accident
Major bus carriers carry millions of dollars in liability insurance. If you are injured riding one of their buses, they will likely offer you a very low settlement. Do not take it. Talk to a Las Vegas injury lawyer Zachary D. Clayton, Esq.
Common Bus Accident Injuries in Las Vegas
Most bus accidents with serious injuries happen to passengers, drivers, and pedestrians. Sadly, many bus accident victims are children, which makes these cases even harder. Some of the common injuries in bus accidents are:
- Lower back injuries, including ruptured or slipped discs
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- TBI or traumatic brain injury
- Broken nose
- Broken bones, such as fractures to knees, ankles and wrists
- Dental injuries
Compensation Available in Nevada for Bus Accident Injuries
By Nevada law, bus accident victims are entitled to financial restitution for their injuries and damages. The amount of compensation you can receive depends on the following factors:
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- The sort of injuries suffered
- The costs of medical, hospitalization and rehabilitation
- Mental pain and suffering
- Recovery for lost earnings for being unable to be employed
- Recovery for loss of future wages due to long term or permanent disability
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are at least 80,000 reported bus accidents annually in America. Of these bus accidents, 23,000 victims suffer serious injuries. These numbers show people are being hurt in needless fashion, and many bus crashes are preventable.
If you are one of those unlucky people, know that you have legal options in Las Vegas.
Hurt in a Public Bus Accident in Las Vegas? Contact LV Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one was seriously hurt in a bus accident, you probably have severe, debilitating injuries, piles of medical bills, and even the inability to earn the living to which you are accustomed. A serious bus accident injury can easily leave you straddled with tens of thousands of dollars of medical bills and weeks lost work time.
The skilled and aggressive attorneys with LV Personal Injury Lawyers are here to help. If the public bus driver and/or the company that employed the driver was negligent, you may be entitled to financial recovery for your harms and losses.
Please contact Zachary D. Clayton today for a free, confidential case review.