Mass Transit accidents

Whether you are a resident of Las Vegas or you are just visiting, there is a good chance you will have to rely on the city’s public transportation options to get around. While Las Vegas does not have a subway to rely on, it does have a bus line, a monorail, and various trams that hit all of the major locations on the Las Vegas strip. Riders put a lot of trust in these vehicles to get around the city as they try to avoid walking in such high temperatures. While these options are all are great ways to get around, a passenger is always subjecting themselves to a degree of risk each time they ride. If you are injured in an accident on one of Las Vegas’ mass transit options, you may suffer long-term consequences. An attorney can help hold the negligent party accountable and recover compensation on your behalf. Contact the legal team at Lawrence C. Hill & Associates to discuss your options.

Las Vegas has a number of different ways for people to get around, especially in areas that are densely populated with tourists. The Las Vegas Monorail makes stops at seven locations on the Las Vegas strip, from the MGM Grand to the SLS Las Vegas. While the Las Vegas Monorail has many safety precautions to try and keep passengers safe, such as performing daily maintenance checks, meets mass transit safety standards, employs security officers, and has surveillance cameras at every platform, it doesn’t mean that there have never been any accidents. One of the issues that the monorail system has faced in the past is brake failure.

If an accident occurs and passengers become injured, they often wish to take legal action against the party that caused the accident. Both the Las Vegas Monorail and the three different tram services are owned by private companies. This is beneficial to the injured party due to the fact that they will be able to deal directly with the company and not have to go through a public entity, such as the city of Las Vegas. When an individual becomes injured on one of Las Vegas’ transportation systems, it is important that they speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
There are a variety of reasons that a bus, tram, or monorail can get into an accident that causes one or more passengers to become injured. When this does happen, these injuries are often very serious in nature.

Bus Accidents
Bus accidents are often caused by one or more of the following factors:

  • Driver negligence, recklessness, or distracted driving
  • Obstructed view
  • Poor road conditions
  • Vehicle malfunction

Monorail and Tram Accidents
Monorails and trams are similar to one another. These accidents often occur due to the following:

  • Derailment
  • Brake failures
  • Failure to perform routine maintenance
  • Collision with other trams or monorails
  • $25,000 per person for bodily injury
  • $50,000 per accident for bodily injury
  • $20,000 for property damage per accident

Of course, if a person chooses to do so, they may purchase additional coverage. Nevada offers an option to purchase MedPay, which acts as a no-fault policy that covers injuries to drivers and their passengers. In addition, it pays the medical expenses for pedestrian accidents.