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How alcohol consumption can result in pedestrian deaths in Vegas

When you are in Las Vegas, you walk around a lot. Specifically, you walk between casinos, shopping centers, restaurants and clubs. Public drinking is also generally legal in Vegas, meaning you might be intoxicated as you walk around. Whether you have been drinking or not, drivers may also be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, no matter if they are driving their own passenger vehicle, a taxi or working for a ride-sharing service. 

Alcohol consumption for both drivers and pedestrians can result in fatal pedestrian accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost half of accidents resulting in pedestrian deaths involved drinking alcohol for either party involved. Here is how to stay safe as a pedestrian in Vegas:

Determining fault after a car accident

If you have been injured or suffered property damage in a car accident, you may want to recover damages for your medical expenses, lost wages and other accident-related costs. In order to recover damages, you will have to determine who caused the accident. The at-fault party will then be held liable for damages resulting from the accident.

Determining who is at fault in a car accident is not always easy. In many cases, one driver violates a traffic law or otherwise behaves negligently or recklessly behind the wheel. This may involve driving while under the influence of alcohol, speeding, texting and driving or any other irresponsible behaviors. If you can establish that the other driver breached their duty to operate their vehicle safely and that their breach caused you injury, you may recover damages from them.

Who's Liable In A Multi-Vehicle Rear-End Collision?

Q: I was traveling in stop-and-go traffic when I felt two impacts to the rear of my vehicle. Upon exiting my vehicle I realized I had been involved in a multi-vehicle-rear-end with two other vehicles. The driver of the rear-most-vehicle claims the middle vehicle rear-ended me first, and that he in turn rear-ended the middle vehicle due to its sudden and unexpected reduction in speed. The driver of the middle vehicle claims he was first rear-ended by the third vehicle and that the impact was so hard that the middle vehicle ricocheted between the two vehicles with enough force to hit my vehicle twice. I'm not sure who is telling the truth. Does it even make a difference?

Valid marijuana DUI test still high priority

The recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Nevada poses new challenges for preventing car accidents. Unlike tests for a drunk driver, there is no generally recognized standard or use that can be used to assess a driver who is impaired from marijuana.

Blood testing research illustrates this problem even though some law enforcement relies on these tests. One study involved 30 frequent users of marijuana who resided for a month at a research facility with no access to other drugs. Repeated tests were conducted for the presence of cannabis. The presence of cannabis was still in the bloodstream of some of the participants for 30 days even though they did not smoke marijuana for the entire month. Some users of larger amounts of marijuana had THC in their blood above 5-nanograms even though they stopped smoking several days earlier.

Exhaust fumes blamed for injuries

Car accidents have many causes in addition to a negligent or drunk driver. For example, accidents and injuries may be blamed on defective equipment.

Exhaust fumes leaking into the cabs of Ford Explorers may be related to three auto accidents and 41 injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency is escalating its investigation into 1.33 million Explorers from the 2011-2017 model years because of reports of exhaust odors into the vehicle.

Nevada accidents and punitive damages

Recently, Las Vegas news outlets reported on an unidentified woman who stole a pick-up truck and proceeded to cause a series of crashes. According to reporters, she intentionally crashed into a patrol vehicle, then continued speeding as she crashed into several other cars on her way.

In most car accidents, the plaintiff must prove negligence in order to recover economic and non-economic compensatory damages. These damages cover financial losses as well as pain and suffering resulting from the accident.

Bus accidents in Las Vegas

As a city that draws in millions of tourists, Las Vegas has a particularly high amount of tour buses on its streets and highways. While offering visitors a convenient and cost-effective way to explore local attractions, buses also present an accident risk for other vehicles and pedestrians.

It is important to understand that a tour bus accident is not just a regular car accident that happens to involve a bigger car. Several factors may combine to make bus accident cases particularly complex.

Seeking compensation for a ride service crash

Ride services such as Lyft or Uber offer new transportation options for tourists and other passengers in Nevada. However, commercial vehicle accidents involving ride-sharing services pose additional legal obstacles for passengers and others seeking compensation for injuries and other losses.

It is unlikely that a lawsuit can be filed directly against the ride-sharing company except where these companies engaged in reckless behavior such as hiring a sex offender or a known impaired driver. Their drivers are considered independent contractors instead of company employees.

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Dimopoulos Injury Law is conveniently located in southwest Las Vegas, and we serve clients throughout the area. To discuss your case with a skilled personal injury lawyer, call us at 702-706-1138 or send us an email. 

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