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Amusement park injuries may lead to premises liability claims

Across the state and right here in Las Vegas, carnivals are summer activities where kids and adults alike can engage in fun and games. Many carnivals and fairs contract with ride providers to offer attendees thrilling experiences on fast roller coasters, scramblers and other mobile attractions. Unlike amusement park attractions that stay in one place, carnival rides are moved from fair to fair, portable enough to be packed up and taken with movers on the road.

It is an unfortunate truth that every year people are hurt and killed on amusement park rides and their carnival counterparts. Recently, two people were hurt and nearly two dozen more affected when a roller coaster in California got stuck due to a fallen tree branch. Though most people get through their amusement park and carnival experiences unscathed, an unlucky few suffer injuries as a result of construction and maintenance errors and become eligible to make claims of premises liability.

Child suffers serious injury when hit by Ford truck

Las Vegas is a lively place and there's action and excitement constantly. Because of its bustling nature, there is also the possibility that accidents with occur frequently. Many of these are car accidents. In some instances, these accidents involve a motor vehicle and a pedestrian. Since a pedestrian is so vulnerable, there is a chance that an accident will result in serious injury.

A Ford truck sent an eight-year-old girl to the hospital with critical injuries when it hit her as she crossed the street with her uncle. The girl and her 43-year-old uncle were crossing in the crosswalk when the accident happened. Emergency services were called and the girl was rushed to the hospital. According to the accident investigation, the driver of the Ford is not believed to have been drunk and no arrest has been made.

Motorcyclist seriously injured by driver's failure to yield

Operating a motorcycle in Nevada carries certain risks and those who choose to ride on public roads need to take every precaution to be safe. Sometimes safety is out of the motorcycle operator's control, as when a larger vehicle fails to yield. Unfortunately many car and truck drivers do not see motorcycles until it is too late.

In Kingman, Arizona, which is about an hour and a half's drive from Henderson, Nevada, there was an accident recently involving a motorcycle and a 2007 Lexus sedan. The motorcyclist was approaching an intersection and had to slow down because the light was changing. At the same time a car allegedly attempted to make a left turn on red. In doing so, the car struck the motorcyclist and caused him to flip off his bike causing serious injuries. The police cited the driver of the car for failing to stop at the red light.

Nevada Motorcycle cop injured in accident

Operating a motor vehicle requires a high level of attention and it only takes a momentary lapse for an accident to happen. This is especially true when riding a motorcycle. Motorcyclists have an even more difficult time when on the roads because they not only have to ensure that they are riding in a safe manner, but they also have to watch every car and truck to make sure that they are seen.

In Henderson, Nevada there was an accident recently involving a police motorcycle and a car. The car was changing lanes and while doing so struck the officer's motorcycle. The officer on the bike tried to avoid the accident but struck a curb and then ending up hitting the side of the car. The officer was injured and transported to a local hospital.

Las Vegas truck accident leaves woman trapped in her vehicle

When an accident involving a truck occurs, federal regulations may come into play. Because truckers and their licenses are subject to a higher level of scrutiny when on the roadways, accidents with trucks such as 18-wheelers and semi-trucks are usually investigated a little differently by the authorities. There are a number of federal rules that operators of big-rig trucks have to adhere to while traveling on the highways that ordinary car drivers don't have to follow. For instance, the weigh stations that are at certain exists on the roads are just one example of the different standards that exist for truck operators.

There was an accident on a street in Las Vegas wherein the driver of an SUV crashed into a truck, resulting in the woman driving the SUV being trapped in her vehicle until she was rescued by fire and rescue personnel. While the accident has not been thoroughly investigated as of yet, it is clear that after the collision the SUV did roll over onto its side. Neither the woman in the SUV nor the driver and passenger of the truck were seriously injured. The woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Motorcycle rider dies in accident in Henderson

When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident with larger vehicles, the result is often serious injury or death for the motorcyclist. But individuals in the larger vehicles are sometimes injured as well. A fatal motorcycle accident involving two other vehicles occurred recently in Henderson, Nevada on U.S. Highway 95. The crash resulted not only in the death of the motorcyclist, but injury to an occupant of one of the other vehicles. According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the accident happened at around 6 p.m. in the vicinity of Horizon Drive.

The Highway Patrol spokesperson stated that a motorcycle rider was headed northbound and speeding in the left lane of the highway when he ran in the back of an SUV. The motorcyclist lost control, veered to the right and hit the side of a truck. The motorcycle caught on fire as it skidded down the shoulder.

A Las Vegas car accident results in a pedestrian death

Defensive driving is a key part of the curriculum for those learning how to drive. One of the reasons that people with driver's licenses have been taught how to drive defensively is because there is such a high risk of being in an accident while driving. That is not to say that all people who have a driver's license will be involved in some type of vehicular crash; however, the likelihood that this may happen is relatively high. As such, defensive driving techniques as well as other driving skills are taught and reinforced in driver's education classes.

Even with knowledge of all the driving education that is available this day and age, accidents still occur. The most difficult accidents to deal with are those in which individuals are seriously injured or die as a result of the accident.

Two-car accident, and one of the cars was a police cruiser

When a Las Vegas resident is involved in a car accident, depending on the nature and circumstance of the crash the courts may need to get involved to determine liability. If the victim in a car accident is harmed and wants to seek damages, then the victim needs to file a court claim and go through the legal processes. A number of car accident cases do not even go to court, but there are those more serious ones that do.

A police cruiser was in an accident with another vehicle while attempting to thwart a crime. The police car was traveling with sirens on en route to a crime scene. The rules of the road dictate that when a police vehicle or any other emergency vehicle is on the roadway and engaging in emergency-type activities, all other vehicles on the road are to pull over to the side, out of the way of the police or emergency vehicle. In this particular instance, the car in front of the cruiser initially pulled over to give way, but then proceeded to re-enter the lane. This caused the police car to hit the other vehicle. The people in the car were taken to the hospital with minor injuries and the police officer suffered only minor injuries as well.

Motorcyclist injured in crash with car in Las Vegas

Motorcycles are often considered unsafe. The vehicles have smaller, less protected frames, making riders more vulnerable to injuries following accidents. What's more, the same small frame also makes it more difficult for other motorists to see motorcycles on the road. However, regardless of how difficult it may be to see motorcycles, all drivers are taught that they must pay attention to bikers. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by the inattentiveness of other drivers.

A recent accident occurred in Las Vegas involving a car and a motorcycle. According to reports, a small car and a motorcycle collided at the intersection of Desert Primrose Lane and S. Town Center Drive. As a result, the motorcyclist was trapped under the car. Thankfully, construction workers were near the scene and were able to lift the car off of the motorcyclist. They then pulled his body out from underneath the vehicle. The motorcyclist was then transported to a nearby medical center. Police said his condition was critical but stable.

Pedestrian injured after being struck by pick-up truck

Individuals that operate 18-wheelers and other types of large trucks have to be licensed to do so. A commercial driver's license, more commonly known as a CDL, is required in order to drive 18-wheelers, dump trucks, buses and the like. When these types of vehicles are involved in a traffic accident, the driver holding the CDL is seemingly under more scrutiny when it comes to accident investigation because they are held to a higher standard by virtue of the CDL. In saying that, police investigation of these accidents looks at many factors, including but not limited to, truck maintenance and federal trucking regulations.

Work truck, dump trucks and buses are not the only types of trucks on the roadways. Many individuals drive sport-utility vehicles, or SUV's, and pick-up trucks. Although a CDL is not necessary for driving an SUV or a pick-up truck, arguably a higher level of awareness may be needed due to the sheer size and weight of the vehicle. Case in point, in Las Vegas, Nevada, there was a hit-and-run accident involving a pedestrian and a pick-up truck. The driver of the pick-up truck apparently struck a man that was crossing the street outside of the designated crosswalk area. The truck driver left the scene of the crash but was later apprehended by police. Since he was a drunk truck driver, he was charged with felony hit-and-run and a DUI. The victim in the accident had to seek medical attention for serious injuries.

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