Public transportation is often considered to be a safe alternative to using your own vehicle to get from place to place. Unfortunately, thousands of Americans are still harmed in public transit accidents each year.
You don’t even need to be using public transportation at the time to be harmed. If a city bus driver is negligent behind the wheel, they can cause an accident. You might be involved regardless of whether you were a passenger on the bus.
Have you or a loved one in the Las Vegas area suffered from a public transportation accident or injury? If so, get in touch with Clark County’s Disability Law Center Nevada. We’ll happily review your case. Should we recommend moving forward with filing a lawsuit, we’ll also gladly provide the representation you need.
Reasons to Hire a Public Transportation Attorney
People in Las Vegas have several options when using public transit, including taxis, the monorail, and RTC buses. There are many ways in which they can cause harm.
Again, a person who is negligent behind the wheel can cause you to sustain an injury even if you’re not actually in the vehicle with them. That doesn’t mean it’s always easy to establish who is liable in these cases.
Obviously, if a driver’s negligence caused an accident, they’re liable. That’s not the same as saying it’s easy to prove this. Proving who is responsible for an auto collision is often a complicated process. There are many steps that may potentially be involved, including gathering witness reports, reviewing evidence provided by law enforcement, and visiting the scene of the accident to properly document it. You might also need to consult with experts who can help you demonstrate another driver was responsible for the accident. This requires time and resources you may not have.
It’s also important to understand that in Las Vegas, more than one party may be found partially liable in these cases. This makes sense. There are many instances in which several drivers contributed to a collision.
Maybe you were found 10% negligent in your case, while someone else was found to be 90% at fault. That reduces the full amount of damages you might be able to secure.
The liable party also might not be a driver. For instance, perhaps a Las Vegas bus driver was operating their vehicle responsibly, but it caused an accident anyway because it wasn’t properly maintained. Again, while one party is clearly liable here, actually proving it requires experience you probably don’t have.
Don’t assume you’ll get a fair settlement by working solely with insurance companies either. They’re going to do everything they can to reduce the amount they pay out. You need help from someone who has experience negotiating with them.
All these points illustrate why it’s necessary to get representation from a qualified legal professional if you or a loved one has been harmed in a Las Vegas public transportation accident. You need certain tools, knowledge, and resources to fight this fight. An attorney will provide them.
They’ll also make sure you get the full damages you’re entitled to. Compensation may need to cover more than just your medical bills. For example, maybe you were injured in such a way that you develop depression or anxiety later. This should also be factored in when calculating damages. An attorney will confirm it is.
Additionally, when you work with an attorney to hold the liable parties fully accountable, you boost the odds that they’ll take steps to prevent such accidents again in the future. Thus, you’re also protecting others when you hire a lawyer.
Don’t delay in contacting one. Nevada’s Statute of Limitations requires you to file personal injury lawsuits within two years of your accident. That applies to public transportation accidents as well. Don’t miss the deadline and waive your right to compensation.
Getting in Touch with Public Transportation Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one in the Las Vegas area want to learn more about the best steps to take next in your case, schedule a consultation at the Disability Law Center Nevada. We’ll review your case, let you know if you should proceed with a lawsuit, and offer thorough, compassionate representation if you do file one.