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March 9, 2017

Bus Accidents a Common Problem

When thinking of motor vehicle accidents, you might think the possibility of colliding with a charter bus is uncommon, but as the articles below show, it happens more than you’d think. Not only are bus…

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When thinking of motor vehicle accidents, you might think the possibility of colliding with a charter bus is uncommon, but as the articles below show, it happens more than you’d think. Not only are bus accidents fairly common in and around Las Vegas, but the potential for injury if involved with a bus crash is also high.

  • February 27, 2017 – A tour bus in California enroute to Las Vegas crosses centerline and crashes with oncoming traffic. One killed, 26 injured.
  • January 24, 2017 – CCSD School Bus collides with car in NW Valley; crashes through residence block wall. No students on school bus. Driver of car injured.
  • December 2, 2016 – CCSD School Bus involved in collision with a car in North Las Vegas. Five students on school bus experienced no injuries, while the two in car wereritically injured.
  • July 24, 2016 – Dallas Cowboys team bus collides with van near Kingman AZ. No team members on board. Van turns left in front of Cowboys’ bus. Four passengers in van killed.
  • April 17, 2017 – Man runs red light and crashes into RTC bus at McLeod and Sahara. 15 injured, one critical.
  • March 12, 2016 – Woman loses arm in tour bus crashat I-15 and D Street. Drunk driver collides with bus. One injured – left arm amputated.
  • January 9, 2016 – RTC bus jumps curb on Strip and collides with bus shelter killing 39-year-old woman inside. One killed.

Bus injury accidents are complex and require the efforts of a skilled attorney to navigate. As a passenger on a tour bus, school bus, or RTC bus, if you are injured in a crash, the liability lies with others: the bus driver, the bus owner/operator, and other drivers involved in the collision. In some cases, a manufacturer defect may be involved. It makes sense in such cases, to rely on a lawyer, who knows this area of the law, to determine all of the liable parties and file claims as appropriate.

Several factors can contribute to a bus crash. Among them are:

  • Dangerous road or weather conditions
  • Distracted driving
  • Driver negligence (speeding/ignoring conditions/etc.)
  • Driving under the influence
  • Improper vehicle maintenance
  • Mechanical failure

If you are injured in a bus crash there are several things you should and should not do to strengthen your position if you wish to pursue a lawsuit.

  • Visit a doctor. Even if you don’t think you were injured in your accident, a qualified medical professional should examine you. Injuries may take time to develop. Keep records of all treatment and recovery details—this information could be useful for your case.
  • Don’t sign or agree to anything. Transit companies, passenger carrier vehicle owners, or their insurance adjustors may approach you and offer you compensation in efforts to avoid legal action. Don’t settle for anything without first seeking legal advice.
  • Contact us. Call (702) 444-4444 or fill out a free initial consultation form to see how we can help with your claim.

In bus cases, the sooner you retain an attorney in the claims process the stronger your case will be. The statute of limitations, or time within which a case must be filed, is 2 years on a bus crash, but with the complexities of bus accidents, and the regulations involved with type of bus, whether the owner is a private or public entity, crash circumstances, among other factors may have an effect on the outcomes in such cases.

The Richard Harris Law Firm represents bus accident victims

Our lawyers are skilled and have experience and a solid track record of obtaining the best settlements in these types of cases. If you have been injured in a bus wreck, call us today to discuss your options. (702) 444-4444.

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November 20, 2013

NHTSA to Require Seat Belts on Large Busses and Motor Coaches

The U.S Department of Transportation through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced today that it will require lap and shoulder belts for each passenger and driver of new motor coaches, and large busses. …

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The U.S Department of Transportation through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced today that it will require lap and shoulder belts for each passenger and driver of new motor coaches, and large busses.  This is an attempt to reduce deaths and injuries due to bus accidents.

U. S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx declared after the rule was handed down, “Safety is our highest priority and we care committed to reducing the number of deaths and injuries on our roadways.