Las Vegas Bus Accident Attorneys
Buses in the Las Vegas valley, including those overseen by the RTC (Regional Transportation Commission), provide a great service for our community. Buses help tourists explore the Las Vegas strip, improving their experience, and they provide a critical means of transportation for many Las Vegas residents, allowing them to commute from home and work and navigate the valley daily. Despite the great service they provide, when a bus causes an accident, a lot of people can be seriously injured. The sheer size and weight of a bus can turn what may have otherwise been a relatively minor crash, into a serious accident. Also, the passengers on the bus significantly increase the number of people involved in comparison to a typical crash. As to the passengers, the lack of restraint systems, such as seat belts, on some buses can increase the likelihood of a serious injury.
If you were recently involved in an accident involving a bus, whether you were in the other vehicle or a passenger on the bus, and you have questions or concerns, feel free to call SJW Injury Attorneys or simply stop by our office. One of the partners at our firm will personally sit down with you for a completely free consultation and answer any questions you may have.
Whether it’s over the phone or in person, we are here to discuss your bus accident and the things you need to know. If you do hire us, we can immediately begin taking the steps to help you get things back on track, such as getting your car repaired and helping you get the medical care you need. If you are worried about how much it costs to hire an accident attorney at SJW—there is no fee until we win your case.
What To Do After A Bus Accident
If you were just in an accident involving a bus and are still at the scene, often the most important thing to do is to take a moment to ensure you are able to think clearly. The adrenaline and confusion that typically follow this type of wreck can be overwhelming. Next, try to evaluate the extent of your injuries. While this can be difficult to do in the moment, it reduces the chance you will make your injuries worse. Then, if you are safely able to do so, check on the health and safety of everyone involved. Below is a list of additional steps to consider if you are still at the scene of a bus accident:
- Call 911
- Request medical assistance
- Do not speak with the bus driver regarding the accident
- Examine your vehicle for damage
- Take photos of both vehicles and the scene of the crash
- Identify any witnesses and obtain their contact information
- Exchange insurance and driver’s license information with the bus driver
- Make note of any information on the bus, such as the company name, bus number, and route
- Take photos of your injuries
- Do not speak with the transportation company’s insurance company
- Write down any information you can remember about the accident
- Avoid social media
For a more comprehensive look at each of these crash tips, click here to visit our “What to do after a car accident in Las Vegas” page.
If you are at the scene of a wreck or incident and would like the immediate advice of an injury attorney, call SJW now.
Types of Las Vegas Bus Incidents That Can Occur
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a bus is considered any motor vehicle intended to transport more than ten (10) passengers at a time. This number includes the driver as well. A few other examples of buses commonly seen in Las Vegas include:
- Public transportation buses
- School buses
- Charter buses
- Privately Owned Motor Coaches
- Tour buses
- RVs or motorhomes
Shuttles are another example of buses that are commonly seen on the strip, transporting Las Vegas tourists between casinos, malls, shows, and the airport. These vehicles are also often used by private companies providing guided tours to visitors. If you were injured in a shuttle-related accident, call SJW Injury Attorneys today. Many of the same issues that arise in bus accidents also arise when the accident involved a shuttle. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
What Is Bus Driver Negligence?
A bus driver becomes negligent when they breach their duty of care to their passengers and others sharing the roadways.
Foreseeable Bus Hazards
Bus drivers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their passengers. Aside from ensuring they follow all traffic laws, they must take special precautions when loading and unloading passengers, as well as make sure passengers are protected from foreseeable hazards. Regularly scheduled maintenance of the bus and driver inspections before and after each ride can ensure that the bus is free of hazards, such as debris or faulty equipment. Unfortunately, the needed maintenance is sometimes neglected due to a mistake and sometimes as a cost-saving measure. Whatever the reason, the entity that owns and operates the bus may be responsible for any injuries caused in a Las Vegas accident due to their lack of maintenance.
If you still have questions regarding a bus-related accident, call or come by and speak with an injury lawyer at SJW, we are happy to discuss them with you.