A person injured in a Nevada bus accident may be able to bring a claim against the bus driver, the company or agency that owns or operates the bus, and the manufacturer of the bus. Damages may include compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and the costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation. You may even be entitled to collect under Nevada’s punitive damages law or Nevada’s law on pain and suffering.
Our caring Nevada personal injury attorneys know how hard it can be to deal with a company that doesn’t want to pay you. That’s where we come in. Our experienced Las Vegas and Reno accident lawyers deal with insurers and companies every day. We know the kind of proof that makes them pay up and how to counter their low settlement offers.
Best of all, if we take your case we won’t take a dime until you get paid. Contact us for a free consultation to find out whether we think you have a case.
What is bus driver negligence in Nevada?
Anyone who has spent time on the Las Vegas strip can attest that with tourists come buses. Whether chartered by large groups, used as vehicles for sightseeing, or operated by a major national, regional or local carrier, buses are a common sight on Nevada roadways.
When you decide to travel by bus, you are putting your safety in the hands of the bus driver. You assume that:
- The bus driver is adequately trained to operate such a large vehicle,
- The bus is in maintained in a safe operating condition, and
- Your driver is attentive and driving responsibly.
Unfortunately, these assumptions are not always correct. Many people are injured or killed in bus accidents in Nevada each year. Some of these accidents are simply the inevitable result of using crowded roadways.
But bus accidents can be caused for a variety of reasons. In addition to driver distraction, inattentiveness, substance abuse, or traffic violations, Nevada bus accidents can also occur because of poorly maintained buses or safety equipment.
And when the driver or the bus company is negligent, the company is responsible for accidents caused by their carelessness.
What are common bus accident causes?
Though bus accidents are a rare event, they do happen. And, like any automobile accident, driver error often plays a significant role in causing the accident. In a study conducted by UNLV and the Nevada State Health Department, the following driver errors contributed most frequently to automobile accidents in Nevada:
- Failure to yield right of way.
- Improper driving.
- Following too closely.
- Failure to keep in lane.
- Excess speed.
- Failure to yield.
Whether a driver involved in a bus accident committed any of the infractions listed above may not be immediately apparent. An experienced attorney will investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident, including:
- Weather conditions at the time of the accident,
- The condition of the bus and other safety equipment,
- The condition of the roadway at the time of the accident,
- The bus company’s safety record,
- Maintenance records, and
- Records of discipline against the driver.
What if I was partially at fault?
There is a comparative negligence standard in Nevada. This is also referred to sometimes as Nevada’s shared fault law. As long as the driver or bus company was even a tiny bit more responsible for the accident than you were, they must pay their fair share of any resulting injuries.
This “apportionment of fault” in any accident can have a significant impact upon the amount you are ultimately entitled to recover as compensation for injuries sustained in the accident.
Our Las Vegas accident attorneys will negotiate with the bus carrier or its insurer to make sure that they do not use your contributory negligence to deny your claim or to pay you less than you deserve.
Why should I hire an attorney?
Drivers of commercial buses are entrusted with the safety of their passengers. Because of this higher degree of responsibility, commercial bus drivers are held to higher standards than regular non-commercial drivers. There are additional rules governing the physical conditions, safety features, and licensing of buses and their drivers.
If you are injured in a bus accident, you may be unaware of any potential violations that have been committed by the commercial carrier or the bus driver. Our experienced Nevada personal injury lawyers will investigate the accident to ensure that any and all violations are uncovered.
The determination of the cause of the accident and the apportionment of fault can have a serious impact on the amount of compensation you are entitled to recover as the victim of a bus accident. (Learn more about personal injury commercial vehicle cases in Nevada.)
To discuss your case, simply submit the form on this page or call us. One of our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers will get back you promptly to discuss the best way to get compensation for your Nevada bus accident injuries. For cases in California, please see our page on filing a lawsuit for injuries in a California bus accident. For Colorado cases, see our page on bus accident lawsuits in Colorado.
The statute of limitations in Nevada personal injury cases can be as short as two (2) years, so be sure to contact us right away to start working on your case.
Pedestrians injured by a bus may wish to read our article on pedestrian knockdowns in Nevada.