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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.

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.

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.

Overview of valet liability

Even visitors to this city have probably noticed that, as a prominent city in the world of entertainment and hospitality, Las Vegas has a lot of opportunities for valet parking. Normally, the valets are honest people and good drivers, and their service is very helpful.

However, such is not always the case. There are some who use their position of power to steal valuable cars at the right opportunity since, after all, they already have the keys and the trust of the car's owner. Other times, the valet's conduct might not be intentional, but it may be that the driver messed up and had a car accident.

Key factors in your pedestrian vehicle accident

Pedestrians who are involved in vehicle accidents can encounter extensive physical and financial losses. In such cases, a personal injury claim may be helpful.

In order to receive the settlement that a victim needs to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, it is important to fully understand what a claim entails. There are a few key factors to be aware of concerning pedestrian vehicle accidents.

Three pedestrians die, others injured, crossing Las Vegas street

A recent afternoon pedestrian accident in Las Vegas left 3 people dead and 7 people with injuries, 2 of which police describes as "critical" in nature. While police have identified one driver who struck the pedestrians, they also say there were other vehicles involved in this tragic accident as well.

Police say that the driver of the vehicle who hit the pedestrians may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, the driver's boss claims that in fact, the driver was epileptic and may have had a seizure right before the accident.

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.

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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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