Nevada remains a favorite tourist destination for people from around the world, and residents have ample opportunity for local attractions, whether heading to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, or Reno. Additionally, those who live in or visit Nevada’s largest cities often use public and private buses to get around. When severe bus accidents occur, those involved risk serious injury. In addition to the physical pain of injury, many victims and their families struggle financially because of missing work as they continue to rack up medical bills. You shouldn’t have to shoulder the financial burden when another party’s action leads to your injury. The dedicated Nevada bus accident attorneys at Benson & Bingham Nevada personal injury lawyers are here to fight to secure compensation for the full cost of your injuries. Call (702) 382-9797 for a free consultation to learn how we can assist you after sustaining injuries in a bus accident. If you suffered harm in a bus accident as a Nevada resident or visitor, Nevada law permits you to seek damages in civil court from those who caused your injuries.
Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers’ Results in Bus Accident Cases
The award-winning lawyers at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers have extensive experience negotiating, settling, and litigating personal injury cases, including those involving bus accidents. Our passionate dedication to professional excellence and client advocacy has resulted in the recovery of more than 180 million dollars in judgments and verdicts for our clients. Recent case results include $180,000 for a client who was rear-ended by a CAT bus and multiple million-dollar or more cases for several different types of traffic collisions. These examples do not guarantee an outcome for your case, but the committed and diligent attorneys at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers will aggressively pursue the best outcome for your case.
Due to one of our more recent cases, the Regional Transportation Commission took action to install warning barriers to keep pedestrians from tripping over concrete curbs, on behalf of injured clients.
Liability in Nevada Bus Accidents
You might assume the bus driver is always at fault when a bus accident occurs, especially if you are a passenger; however, this isn’t always the case. In fact, several other parties might be at fault or share liability, making it especially difficult for investigators and courts to determine fault in a bus accident. Your attorney will guide you on which parties to name as a defendant in your lawsuit. Potential defendants may include:
Bus driver. Driving while distracted, driving under the influence, and drowsy driving are all reasons a Nevada court might find a bus driver liable for damages. Bus drivers who violate traffic laws, such as speeding or follow other vehicles too closely, might also cause an accident.
Owner. Several different parties might own a bus, including a city, a school district, and a private bus company. Bus owners are tasked with hiring licensed and qualified drivers who are adequately trained. Additionally, owners must maintain buses in a safe condition. When bus owners don’t follow through on these duties, and it results in an accident and injury, a court might find the owners liable for damages.
Bus mechanic. Those tasked with maintaining buses are legally required to perform detailed inspections and preventative maintenance to ensure the bus is roadworthy. In some situations, bus owners or bus companies contract their maintenance out to third-party companies. If the mechanic doesn’t properly complete repairs and it leads to an accident, he and the company he works for can be liable for damages.
Bus manufacturer. If bus manufacturers make and sell a defective bus, they might be liable for damages. This also includes bus part manufacturers whose defective part causes an accident and injury. In fact, any party involved in the chain of distribution for a bus might be liable for a bus accident.
Another driver. Those who share Nevada’s streets, roads, and highways with buses might be fatigued, driving under the influence, speeding, or distracted. When these poor choices behind the wheel result in an accident, that driver might be liable for losses related to the accident and injury.
Government entities. The State of Nevada, counties, cities, and other municipalities can be liable for a bus accident if poorly maintained roads caused the accident. This can include hazards, such as potholes, as well as fallen stop signs and malfunctioning stoplights.
Seeking Compensation After a Nevada Bus Accident
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates that more than 15,000 bus accidents occur across the nation each year that result in injury. Nationwide, public transit buses and school buses account for about a third of fatal crashes, with only 13 percent of city bus crashes resulting in a fatality. If you have suffered harm in a bus accident and bring a lawsuit against at-fault parties, you might receive compensation through a settlement or verdict in your favor. Some common recoverable damages include:
Medical expenses, including ambulance and emergency services, hospitalization, radiology, surgery, and medication
Future medical expenses when a bus accident causes a severe injury requiring extensive recovery or causes a permanent disability requiring indefinite long-term treatment and care
Rehabilitation expenses for treatment from specialists who help injured persons regain function
Expenses for assistive devices, such as crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, and canes
Lost wages when an injury, hospitalization, and recovery requires a person to miss work
Future lost wages when a severe injury prevents a bus accident injury victim from returning to their job
Non-economic damages, such as physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of consortium with a spouse, and others which might apply to a specific situation
Get the Legal Help You Need After a Nevada Bus Accident
If you or your child has sustained injuries in a bus accident in Nevada, contact a seasoned bus accident attorney who can advocate for you through the lawsuit process and fight so that you get compensation for the full cost of your injuries. The legal team at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers can handle the details of your case, investigate the circumstances of your bus accident, and build a strong case against those who caused you harm. Contact Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers today or call (702) 382-9797 for a free consultation to learn about your rights and how we can help you after a bus accident.