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Contractor status of Uber drivers could affect crash victims

By now, many people in the Las Vegas area have probably had the opportunity to use Uber or Lyft at least once. When using Uber, a driver, who may be just an average citizen with a car and some spare time, picks up and drops off passengers in his or her personal vehicle.

The driver has to provide his or her own gas and vehicle and pay for the vehicle's upkeep, but the tradeoff is he or she can work flexible hours and as much or as little as he or she wants.

Distracted motorists endanger motorcyclists

Distracted driving is a growing epidemic that law enforcement agencies in Las Vegas and all across the country are trying to fight. Laws are in place making it illegal for motorists to operate their vehicles while distracted. But many people disregard them and continue to focus on anything but the road, endangering the lives of everyone around them, including motorcyclists. 

In fact, many motorcycle accidents are caused by inattentive drivers. Motorists must keep their eyes on the roads and hands on their steering wheels. Their thoughts should be primarily on the task of driving. This includes actively checking their vehicles’ mirrors and the roads for other motorists, especially bikers, and extending proper road courtesies. 

Driving while too tired is similar to driving drunk

A previous post on this blog discussed how federal regulators have put in to place rules that limit how long truckers subject to their jurisdiction can stay on the road before pulling over for several hours so that they can rest and, hopefully, get some sleep. The reason behind these rules are to prevent truckers from driving while too fatigued to do so safely.

Preventing fatigued truck driving is a noble cause since that behavior is so dangerous. One organization, the National Sleep Foundation, even compares drowsy driving to drunken driving, since the effects of sleep deprivation on a driver can be confused with those of alcohol or other drugs.

How federal hours of service rules can help injured victims

Many truckers who travel through the Las Vegas area are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an agency which oversees interstate truckers at the federal level. These regulations are usually aimed at preventing accidents and improving safety on the country's roadways.

By way of example, among its other rules, the FMCSA requires truckers to take periodic breaks so that they can get the rest they need and not get too tired while behind the wheel. Specifically, drivers have to take a 10-hour break after being behind the wheel for 11 hours.

Common types of collisions motorcyclists may end up in

Riding your motorcycle may be one of life’s grandest pleasures. However, it can also be one of the most dangerous. Every time you ride out, you are at risk of colliding with cars, trucks and other objects. Not all motor vehicle accidents in Nevada that involve motorcyclists are the result of rider error. Passenger and commercial vehicle operator negligence, error, recklessness and distraction cause many accidents.

The streets are not always as safe as they should be. Before you take to the roads, be sure to learn about the common types of collisions you may encounter when you are out riding. 

Minimum insurance requirements for buses

Buses are one way people get to and from the Las Vegas area. One can probably travel trough the city and notice several tour buses on the road which transport passenger from state to state. Usually, these buses go by hardly noticed.

However, if one of these buses is involved in an accident, its likely going to wind up on the news. The reason is that, as is the case with other mass transit accidents, buses transport a lot of people at once, which means an accident has the potential of causing a lot of serious injuries, and this is without even considering other vehicles that might have been in the bus's path when it crashed.

"Duty" and "breach" in Nevada motorcycle accidents

A previous post here discussed the idea of negligence in the context of automobile accidents. Of course, negligence legal theory is used in many personal injury cases, no matter the cause. One type of situation in which a negligence case may be brought is after a motorcycle accident. Since the area around Las Vegas is prime motorcycle territory, having a basic understanding of negligence may be helpful for those residents who like to ride.

Readers may remember that we went through the major parts, or "elements," of a negligence case previously. To refresh, these are: duty, breach, cause-in-fact, proximate cause and damages. This week, let's take a short look at the first two of these elements: duty and breach.

Bicyclist killed in fatal Nevada vehicle accident

Although millions of people are drawn to the Las Vegas Strip each and every year to experience the glamor and spectacle of the attraction's shows, restaurants and casinos, there is a quieter and often forgotten side to the greater Las Vegas community that also is thriving - its natural beauty. The hills and mountains that exist just beyond the bright lights of the Strip are a sought-out retreat for hikers, runners and cyclists who enjoy the state's amazing outdoor experiences.

However, just as incidents and accidents can happen in the hustle and bustle of the Strip, so too can dangerous situations occur on the vast expanses of roads and trails beyond the city's limits. Just recently a sport utility vehicle made a deadly mistake that killed one bicyclist and caused two others to suffer life-threatening injuries.

What is negligence in a Las Vegas car accident?

Las Vegas residents know about distractions. In a city with a thousand different things to do, keeping focused on any one task can be difficult. However, that is exactly how people need to drive, especially in the congested confines of an urban area. Unfortunately, temptation gets the best of many people, and distracted drivers cause accidents that result in injuries to others. When this occurs, there may be a way for the injured party to receive compensation from the negligent driver.

But what is a "negligent driver?" Negligence is a legal term that has existed for hundreds of years, having its origin in the English common law. It is one theory that it used during a civil case for damages to show that one individual was a fault for the injuries of another, and should be held responsible for paying for all or part of them. Generally, to be able to recover from a negligent driver, a victim must be able to prove all the elements of the negligence theory.

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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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