Public Transportation Accident Attorneys in Las Vegas, NV
Have You Been Involved In A Public Transportation Accident?
Most people never expect to be in an accident involving public transportation, but it can happen in Las Vegas, with its high number of public and private buses, charter vehicles, and taxis. It’s easy to assume that these drivers are trained professionals who know how to drive safely, but it just takes one moment of inattention or negligent driving to cause a serious accident. If you a loved one has been injured in a public transportation accident in Las Vegas, like a bus, limousine, or cab accident, you may be owed compensation from the company. At Gazda and Tadayon, we have over 50 years of combined experience in personal injury law. We are experienced traffic accident attorneys who know what it takes to fight for your rights and rightful compensation.
We Can Help You
- Determine if the bus driver or other third-party was at fault
- Gather concrete evidence from the accident
- File the necessary paperwork
- Consult with medical experts on costs of treatment and long-term care
- See your case through either to trial or to a settlement
Our first priority is the well-being of our clients. When you choose us at Gazda and Tadayon, you pay no fees until we collect from a trial or settlement, so you can focus on your recovery and care. Traffic accidents of any kind can be scary, painful, and emotionally draining. Let us do the legal work for you. Contact us today for a free consultation on your public transportation injury claim.
How To Tell If You’ve Been Injured On Public Transportation
After a jarring bus accident or collision, the extent of your injuries may not be immediately obvious. Many injures make themselves fully known in the long term, and some people might want to downplay their injuries, assuming it’s “no big deal”. However, the long-term costs of medical care, rehabilitation, and lost wages can pile up, and many bus accident victims experience emotional upheaval as well. It’s perfectly reasonable. No one wants to get involved in any traffic accident, let alone an accident involving a heavy bus or other public transport vehicle.
Here are a few common injuries after a public transit accident:
- sprains and strains
- soft tissue damage
- bone breaks and fractures
- post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- head or brain injury
- spinal cord injury
It is critical that victims seek medical assistance regardless of how they might feel, since a medical professional will be able to take full inventory of any issues. This medical record also helps us build the case later on, especially for injuries that require long term rehabilitation like orthopedic care or chronic pain management.
If injury from the public transit crash can be demonstrated, the company that owns the taxi, limousine, bus, or other public transportation vehicle can be held responsible. The victim can claim compensation for a number of damages, including:
- cost of initial ER visit
- cost of medical treatment
- long-term rehabilitation services
- medication for chronic pain and emotional suffering
- property damages
In the most severe cases, a crash may lead to the death of the passenger, either at the site of the accident or as a direct result of their injuries. This case may qualify as a wrongful death case, for which the company can also be held liable for a whole suite of damages.
What to Know About Public Transportation Accidents
There are many vehicles that can qualify as public transportation in Las Vegas. The most obvious are our RTC transit buses, but there are other vehicles that qualify as well, including:
- private shuttles
- charter buses
- school buses
- tour buses
- taxis and cabs
Most of the vehicles operated by hotels, casinos, and convention centers also fall under this category, as does almost any bus, which is defined as any vehicle with 10 or more passengers including the driver.
These accidents happen more often than one might think, even if the vehicle was going at relatively slow speeds, and they often involve more than one other vehicle.
Common Reasons for Bus Accidents
While these operators are licensed professionals, there are many variables that can contribute to a disastrous accident on the road, no matter how experienced or skilled the driver may be. The vehicle’s maintenance workers also play a role, and they could have missed something critical during their routine checks of the vehicle.
Some of the most common causes for public transit injuries are:
- wide, sharp turns
- intoxicated bus driver (DUI)
- general disregard for traffic laws
- poorly marked bus lanes
- poor weather
- improperly maintained brakes, tires, or safety equipment
Unfortunately, many accidents could have been avoided if the driver did not initially choose to drive while fatigued or intoxicated. In Nevada, we have one of the highest DUI rates in the United States, and it’s not beyond a bus driver or taxi driver to be drunk or under the influence of drugs while working. Some drivers work long hours on a shift, and while it’s illegal for operators of public transportation vehicles to drive for extended periods of time, these laws can sometimes be ignored.
In most public transportation accidents, the claim is filed against the company, not the driver, since it’s the company that purchases the necessary insurance and is responsible for the maintenance and operator training required for the vehicles. It’s these companies that will also call to settle after such an accident.
It’s important that the victim does not take the initial settlement. No matter how caring, patient, and understanding the company’s representative may be on the phone or in person, they have the company’s best interests in mind, and at the end of the day, the company is looking out for themselves. Even when they accept fault for the incident, these companies can try to minimize the amount of compensation paid out to the victims, which they can do by low-balling the estimates for the victim’s medical care and other damages. For example, if an injured passenger suffers a traumatic brain injury after the accident, the company may cover the costs of the initial ER visit and the immediate medical care, but they can refuse to cover other costs such as lost wages, medication, and physical therapy.
Once a victim accepts a settlement, there’s no going back to ask for additional compensation, no matter how rightful or justified it may be.
These are powerful companies, and it is difficult to negotiate with them on your own. If they call, refuse to communicate, don’t sign any paperwork, and be sure to keep any evidence from the accident, like photos, debris, and any medical records. For more information on public transportation injury claims, contact us today for a free consultation.
Taking Action: Next Steps and Compensation
At the end of the day, no one deserves to be hurt in a traffic accident. It is the public transit operator’s duty to keep their passengers and other motorists safe, and if you or a loved one have been injured by one of these vehicles, it is your legal right to fight for justice and demand compensation. Even if the injuries may seem minimal at first, there can be complications that arise in the long term that must be rightfully covered by the liable party.
The amount of compensation varies from case to case, but some of the costs that can be covered include:
- cost of initial ER visit
- surgery and medical treatment
- therapy for emotional damages
- long-term rehabilitation
- loss of current and future wages
- property damage
There are two possible ways your case could go: settlement or litigation. With a settlement, the case is still negotiated outside the courtroom, but we can secure a much better payout from the liable company than what you may have been offered initially. However, companies aren’t always willing to provide a fair settlement. In that case, we pursue litigation and file a lawsuit against the company. Not all lawyers have the experience it takes to successfully litigate a case; luckily, at Gazda and Tadayon we are known across Southern Nevada for our ability to litigate even the most challenging cases. We have helped other major law firms on more than 500 outside cases.
In the event of a lawsuit, the case will go to court and be seen by a judge or jury. In either case, we cover all legal fees until we collect from a case, so you can focus on regaining the quality of life you had prior to the accident.
It is critical that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Nevada has a statute of limitations, which means that victims are only allowed to file for damages within a certain time frame after the accident. But even if your accident happened in the past, there could still be time to file. Choose a personal injury attorney with the confidence and knowledge to take on your case as soon as possible.
The Best Las Vegas Personal Injury Law Firm
With over 50 years of combined experience, we’ve seen it all at Gazda and Tadayon. As former defense attorneys for the insurance industry, we know the ins and outs of personal injury cases, and we fight relentlessly for your rights and adequate compensation. We have extensive knowledge of the types of injuries that occur in a neglect case, and we also consult with medical experts to get a complete understanding of the treatment required. This also means you have a better shot at getting complete and full compensation in your case.
We leave no stone un-turned to help you get the compensation and peace of mind you deserve.
Every single detail can make or break a traffic accident injury case. Once we take on your case, we work with medical professionals and law enforcement to get a better sense of the incident, and conduct our own independent examinations so that we can use every possible opportunity to improve your case.
We also understand that your legal fight is just one part of your journey to recovery. Our friendly staff is there to make the legal process as smooth and comfortable as possible, and we help our clients consult with medical experts to determine the care they need.
Other law firms go to us for advice on their most challenging and difficult cases. If our peers and clients trust us to call the shots, you know that your case is in good hands.
A Proven Record Of Success
The attorneys of Gazda and Tadayon have been recognized by the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for winning millions in compensation for our clients. Our ethical standards have also been highlighted by the law directory Martindale-Hubbard. When you work with Gazda and Tadayon on a personal injury case, you will receive proven representation with full integrity.
To get started, schedule a free consultation for your public transit accident claim, or read what our clients have to say on our Gazda and Tadayon reviews page. You can also visit us in person at our welcoming and compassionate law firm, located at 2600 S Rainbow Boulevard, Suite 200.