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How driving while tired can make you a car accident victim

Imagine this scenario: You just got off work and are driving through the downtown area. As you are driving, you suddenly lose consciousness before jerking awake and regaining control of the steering wheel. Thankfully, no other motorist was affected by your actions. As drastic and scary as this sounds, it is an unfortunate and surreal reality that often has tragic consequences instead of happy endings. 

Drowsy drivers cause many Las Vegas area car accidents. Motorists are not fully alert or conscious of their actions enough to avoid accident-causing hazards. To keep the above scenario from occurring and having disastrous or even fatal results, consider the following pointers on driving while drowsy:

Key facts for ride-share passengers after an auto accident

The process following an auto accident may feel quite confusing. This is especially true in instances where passengers sustain an injury while using a ride-share service

A few factors contribute to determining the best way to seek compensation, and these may aid you in your accident claim for your ride-share incident.

Why you should seek medical care after a car accident

If you ever end up in a car accident in the Las Vegas area, you should seek out medical attention right away. It does not matter if you are merely visiting or a local resident, some car accidents cause injuries that develop after the incident is over. Though you might feel sore and bruised afterward, you might not have any serious symptoms at first. 

Here is why you should always seek medical care immediately after a crash. 

A distracted truck driver is heading for a rear-end accident

People in and around Las Vegas, Nevada, probably recognize that any distracted driver poses a hazard on the roads. However, a distracted truck driver in particular makes traveling more dangerous for everyone around that large truck.

Part of the reason distracted driving is particularly dangerous for a trucker to engage in is that, as a matter of science, it simply takes longer to bring a truck to a complete stop. For instance, assuming a highway speed of 65 miles per hour, a trucker who applies the brakes will travel on average 454 feet, 209 feet more than an average car.

Truck drivers, companies can prevent jackknifes

Any vehicle is prone to jackknifing to some degree, a jackknife is, after all, the end result of a skid, or a situation in which a vehicle's tires are no longer gripping but instead sliding across the road. Still, jackknifes are most pronounced, and obvious, in trucks, as they mean the trailer of the truck will head in one direction while the cab will continue along in the original direction of the vehicle.

A heavy trailer swinging out of its lane of traffic no doubt has the potential to hit other cars, sweeping them off of the road. The drivers and passengers of these cars are at risk for a serious injury, as the weight of the truck leaves them vulnerable.

One teen dies, another severely injured after pedestrian crash

A 14-year-old Las Vegas boy died after getting hit by a passing motorist while they were walking through an intersection in the are area. His companion, who was also 14, was taken to the hospital with critical injuries after the accident. The boy who died was also initially taken to the hospital, but rescuers were not able to save him.

According to police, a young man who was driving a passenger car came up from behind the boys and ran them over. When they arrived, police shut down the intersection in order to investigate, a process that took them many hours to complete. While the investigation will no doubt continue in to the upcoming weeks, there was some suggestion that weather may have played a role in the accident.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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 702-800-5000 or send us an email. 

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