A bus accident can turn your life upside down. Your insurance company wants to settle your claim for as little as possible. Your medical bills are piling up. You may face a long and painful recovery. Where can you turn for help?
With Ladah Law Firm, PLLC, you will have a strong advocate by your side. Whether you were injured in a Clark County bus accident, hit by a car, or a truck, our team is standing by, ready to help. We help victims of bus accidents, car accidents and other acts of negligence get the compensation and medical care they deserve. If you or a loved one has been in a bus accident, contact our firm or call Ladah Law Firm now: 702-252-0055.
Unfortunately, bus accidents remain a serious public safety problem. Due to their immense size, and large passengers loads, when these type of accidents do occur, the damages are often especially devastating. According to data collected and provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), hundreds of people are killed in bus accidents every year, with thousands more suffering very serious injuries. In the most recently released Nevada Traffic Crashes report , the Nevada Department of Transportation determined that there were more than 550 bus crashes in the state in 2010, leading to at least 147 serious injuries and several fatalities.
Las Vegas is one of the biggest tourist cities in the nation. As such, shuttle services from the airport to hotels and other tourist attractions are a huge method of transportation. Limousines, car services, shuttles, vans and buses are typically convenient and cheap (if not free) methods that countless tourists use every year. That said, when drivers are negligent or careless, these otherwise efficient methods of transportation can become injurious, and even deadly. If you or someone close to you has been seriously injured on an airport shuttle of any kind, take the time to understand your rights and to what you may be entitled under the law. Our personal injury attorney Ramzy Ladah is prepared to put his experience and comprehensive knowledge to work on any airport shuttle bus accident.
Millions of commuters use Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) buses every year to get to and from work, as well as the city’s various tourist destinations. Likewise, millions of tourists take tour buses around Las Vegas to tour the glamorous city. While this method of transportation is usually a viable, inexpensive and efficient means of getting from one place to another, and to see the city, drivers are on tight deadlines to get passengers to their destinations; unfortunately, this can result in drivers putting schedules ahead of safety. Additionally, the city is full of cabs, shuttles and otherwise inattentive drivers. With the wrong combination of factors, this can create a dangerous situation for commuters and tourists.If you or someone close to you has been injured in either an RTC accident or a tour bus accident, our team can help. At Ladah Law Firm, PLLC, we have comprehensive knowledge and experience helping victims obtain compensation in cases involving an RTC bus or a tour bus.
The large and busy transportation industry in Southern Nevada is a major culprit of injuries to tourists and locals. Often times these large transportation companies fail to follow regulations and break the law in order to make an extra buck. Whether the accident was caused by a bus or a large commercial truck, the big transportation companies must be held fully accountable for the tremendous damage caused by their negligence.
Unfortunately, low standards for safety compromised for the sake of extra money can result in serious injuries to innocent individuals. At Ladah Law Firm, PLLC Attorney Ramzy Ladah works hard to make these large transportation companies pay for their low standards. There are countless laws and regulations dictating how these companies must operate and what standards they must employ. These laws and regulations are in place for the safety of the public, including tourists and residents alike. When these companies break the law resulting in injuries to innocent people, they are liable for both compensatory damages and punitive damages.
There is no time to waste after a bus accident. First, you must realize that evidence can begin to disappear quickly. To preserve your ability to obtain compensation, you should obtain legal representation by an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Our firm will investigate the accident and document all of the losses you have suffered for inclusion in our compensation demand. This simple fact is, by taking quick action to get a lawyer involved, you will dramatically increase your chances of recovering fair compensation.
Beyond securing evidence, you also need to consider the fact that you have a legal time limit to take legal action. Under the Nevada Statute of Limitations, you generally only have two years to initiate your bus accident injury claim. While there are extensions available in some limited cases, the best practice to protect your rights is to get your case moving as soon as possible.
Bus accidents happen for a wide variety of different reasons. Most accidents could have been prevented had proper care had been taken. Some of the most common causes for accidents include:
Under Nevada law, parties that were ‘at fault’ for an accident, can be held legally liable for any resulting damages. Fault is established under the state’s comparative negligence standard (NRS 41.141). This law has major ramifications for both how fault is determined and how liability is divided.
First, in order to establish fault, you must prove negligence. In the most simple terms, negligence is the failure to take due care in a given situation. What actually constitutes ‘due care’ will always depend on the specific circumstances of the case in question. That being said, it is important to note that bus companies are held to a extremely high standards. Indeed, buses, as common carriers, have heightened legal duties to protect the safety of their passengers as well as all other drivers and pedestrians on the road.
Further, since Nevada is a ‘comparative’ negligence jurisdiction, it is possible for multiple parties to split the liability for the same accident. Liability could be split in many different ways. For example, in some cases a bus company and a bus manufacturer may both be held legally responsible for an accident. In other cases, a bus company and a third party driver might split the liability for a crash. It is also possible for victims to split some of the blame for their own accident. If you are held partially responsible for your own crash, then your recovery will be reduced accordingly. This makes it imperative that you work with an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who can protect you from any unfair share of the fault.
In Nevada, accident victims are entitled to seek compensation for the fall value of their damages. If you were hurt in a bus crash, you deserve financial relief for your economic damages as well as any intangible losses. Sadly, recovering full compensation can be challenging; even minor mistakes or small delays can substantially affect your ability to obtain a full settlement offer. Our firm will work tirelessly to build a strong case that obtains maximum compensation for you. Specifically, we may be able to help you seek recovery for:
All of your medical bills, including any costs related to rehabilitation;
Short-term or Long-term disability;
Lost income, both in the form of lost wages and diminished earning capacity;
Pain and suffering and mental anguish; and
Severe physical trauma such as disfigurement or loss of limb.
Additionally, in some limited cases, punitive damages might be available. Punitive damages can be recovered, as a way to punish a company or make an example out of them, when it is established by clear and convincing evidence that the company engaged in “malicious conduct” or had a “conscious disregard” for the rights or safety of the public.
In accident claims, bus companies are almost always represented by their insurers. For accident victims, this means that you will need to be ready to deal with the company’s insurance adjusters. Here, our team has put together a list of the top three things you must know before speaking to any insurance company representatives:
Insurers are not on your side: Unfortunately, insurance companies are not neutral parties. This means that victims cannot rely on them for guidance through the extremely complex Nevada accident claims process. Ultimately, the big insurance companies are only looking out for their own bottom line. If they can find a way to limit your settlement offer, they will take it.
Insurance adjusters want you to talk: One of the main goals of an insurance adjuster is to get the accident victim talking about their crash. Indeed, the big insurance companies put a lot of money and time into training their representatives to seem casual and disarming over the phone. You need to keep your guard up at all times. Insurance adjusters are looking for information that they can use against you. Never admit fault, even partial fault, for an accident. Further, you should never give your opinion about the wreck or about your medical recovery. Say as little as possible. Better yet, let your attorney do the talking.
You should not sign anything without attorney approval: Finally, you should not sign any documents without letting your Las Vegas bus accident lawyer review them. This includes both final settlement agreements as well as a release for your medical records. In some cases, insurance companies may try to get you to sign something by saying that is ‘standard procedure’, when in reality, you have no obligation to sign that document.
Yes. If you were injured in an accident with a public bus — such as an RTC Transit bus — it is essential that you reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately. A personal injury claim filed against a government entity will be subject to strict filing requirements. Indeed, with claims against government-owned or operator buses, you have less time to take action. If you comply with the relevant filing deadlines, your claim could be denied.
First and foremost, you should seek immediate medical attention. Even in a non-emergency situation, injured victims must see a physician for a comprehensive evaluation. If you fail to do so, you will not be able to bring a claim for compensation. Additionally, you should report the accident to the bus owner/operator, take photographs, get contact information for any eyewitnesses, and call an experienced Las Vegas bus accident lawyer. Your lawyer will protect your rights.
While certainly not common, physical assaults on buses do sometimes happen in Nevada. If you or your loved one was injured by another passenger, you may be eligible to bring legal claims against multiple defendants. The responsible passenger may be civilly liable for causing your damages. In addition, you may also have a claim against the bus company for its failure to provide safe conditions. Bus owners and operators can be held liable if their negligence contributed to your injuries.
Clark County bus accident victims often worry that hiring an attorney to handle their claim will be too expensive. This common misconception is based on a false premise. At Ladah Law Firm, our highly qualified Las Vegas bus accident attorneys handle all personal injury claims using contingency fee arrangements. Here is what that means for you:
Our firm is so sure that we can help our clients, that we willingly take on all the financial risks associated with bringing a claim. We will advance the costs, and then collect our legal fees as a portion of your settlement award or successful injury verdict.
Our attorneys can help. At Ladah Law, firm, we have extensive experience handling bus accident injury claims. If you or your loved one was in an accident, entrust our law firm to secure your legal rights. We will act quickly to help you obtain a full recovery for your current and future medical needs.
To request schedule your free consultation, please Contact our law firm today. From our office in Las Vegas, we represent accident victims in communities throughout the region, including in Green Valley, Henderson, the Las Vegas Strip, Summerlin, Anthem, the Las Vegas Airport and the rest of Southern Nevada.
…Ramzy took over and he and his staff did just a wonderful job. They got me more money than I thought that I would get… I was just very pleased and would recommend them to anyone else.