Las Vegas Emergency Vehicle Accident Injury – Workers Comp or Not?

October 31st, 2014 No comments
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It can be easy to forget the level to which first responders put their lives on the line every day and on every call, sometimes even regardless of what kind of call they are out on. Take, for instance, this recent example of paramedics being injured on the job in Las Vegas in a vehicle accident as they were on their way to a call. With emergency lights on, at least according to initial reports, and probably the sirens going as well, a Clark County Fire and Rescue first responder vehicle was struck in an intersection by another vehicle. It did real damage, too – the vehicle that struck the rescue vehicle was a Chevy Tahoe, and it did quite a bit of damage. Neither of those vehicles is a tin can, so to speak, and so it really says something about the speeds involved that two people from each vehicle were taken to the hospital. Two paramedics from the rescue vehicle were taken to and treated at University Medical Center. They are not thought to have sustained terrible injury, and have a good prognosis. The man driving the Chevy SUV also sustained non-serious injury, though a passenger in the Tahoe, a woman, was listed in serious condition at the time of this writing.

Now, here’s where it can get tricky for the paramedics who were injured and now have to get insurance companies to cover their medical bills, recuperation, physical therapy, and more. We’re going to assume for a moment that the driver of the Chevy Tahoe was at fault, or would be found to be at fault in a court of law. This is not too far of a stretch since courts give wide latitude to emergency vehicles which have their sirens and lights on, and do not look fondly on people that cause car accidents in Las Vegas with emergency vehicles. So, just for the sake of argument we’ll say that that driver was at fault. His insurance may attempt to refuse to pay since the emergency personnel were on duty and should be covered by workman’s comp. Worker’s comp might try to say they don’t have to pay since another person was negligent. That’s when you need Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law to look into your case for you, and get you the best settlement and outcome you possibly can from your on the job injury in Southern Nevada. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Las Vegas Pedestrian Accident, Recently Rare

October 30th, 2014 No comments
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Despite this one recent pedestrian injury in Las Vegas a few days ago, we are cautiously optimistic about the trend we have seen of fewer pedestrian injuries and particularly fewer deaths on Southern Nevada roadways. We haven’t written about one in a while, and in part that’s because they have been happening with blessedly less frequency this year than years before. We have written a number of times about the downward trend in almost all types of accidents on roadways in Nevada. In fact, we’ve written about it at least one a month, sometimes more, as the traffic and Las Vegas traffic accident stats are released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Now, this shouldn’t be taken to mean that everything is peachy and hunky dory. We here at Benson & Bingham have still been helping a fair number of individuals with injuries or deaths in the family from Clark County pedestrian accidents and roadway injuries. We pride ourselves on being a law firm that people can turn to in times of need – no one ever wants to have to use a lawyer, but if you have to, having a top Las Vegas pedestrian accident attorney like we have on staff at Benson & Bingham can make all the difference. We are glad to help those who need help, and happy to offer free consultations to people coming into our office for an initial visit to speak with our legal team and learn their legal rights and options. But that being said, we still notice and appreciate the decline in pedestrian accidents in Southern Nevada.

What could be the cause or some of the causes of this? We’ve seen some very localized solutions, like traffic signals and pedestrian crosswalks put in a push from state Senator Justin Jones and Assemblyman James Healey. We’ve heard that Metro’s officers really are being put more on prevention, on everything from pulling over more DUIs and handing out more speeding tickets in Las Vegas and less on investigating non-injury vehicle accidents. But the number of DUI arrests is also trending downward. This leads us to wonder: are Las Vegas drivers just getting safer?! If so, we applaud them, and wonder what may be contributing to this change for the better.

One Dead in Henderson Accident

October 27th, 2014 No comments
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Unfortunately, we’re covering another vehicular accident death in Henderson today on the blog. Early this morning (around 4:40am) an elderly man hit a tree close to St. Rose Parkway and died at the location.  The 66-year-old was going north Seven Hills Drive in Horizon Ridge Parkway. Authorities are unsure what may have caused the accident, maybe he was sleeping or maybe he even had a medical episode while driving prior to the wreck. Regardless, his 4-door Hyundai went over the center divider and into the south-heading lanes before collided with the tree.

Henderson investigators’ first look around the scene made it pretty clear the older man hadn’t been speeding prior to the crash, nor was he drinking and driving in Southern Nevada. Because a lot of uncertainty still exists regarding the exact details of the fatal accident, an autopsy will occur in order to figure out the exact cause of the man’s death- be it the crash or a prior medical episode/attack. It was the decision of the Clark County coroner’s office not to give the gentleman’s name until his family has been made aware of his unfortunate death.

Following the crash and fatality, Seven Hills Drive was shut down for around four hours. Henderson investigators did their preliminary inspection of the accident during that time. Statistics regarding Henderson’s vehicular accident fatalities increased today, as the man’s death was the ninth Henderson’s seen in 2014. This already exceeds last year’s fatality count in Henderson, which topped off at eight. This is concerning, considering that the holidays- and their heavy travelling traffic- are still approaching. Last year 265 motorist related fatalities occurred in Nevada, and so far 218 deaths have happened on our roads. More than half of those (118 deaths) have occurred in Clark County.

If you or a loved one has a medical condition that has affected you while driving and caused an accident, or could cause a vehicular incident, please call Benson and Bingham sooner rather than later. You need the help of our experienced attorneys to help you get the coverage you need if an illness or condition that is out of your control has caused a motor accident in Clark County. In addition to expert advice, we can help you get compensation for the accident as well as medical costs you may have after something of this nature occurs. Benson and Bingham want to serve drivers in Southern Nevada involved in accidents that need legal assistance of any kind.

Fatal Las Vegas Car Accident Follows Possible Robbery

October 24th, 2014 No comments
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A fatal car accident in Las Vegas yesterday was anything but normal in the circumstances leading up to the crash. It sometimes seems like we have too many crashes on our freeways and fatal accidents on all our streets for anything to be out of the ordinary, but this accident is unique in several ways. The major way this accident is different is that it took place seemingly after the commission of another crime. The vehicle that crashed was said to be speeding away from a Las Vegas crime scene, that of a robbery at a convenience store. The vehicle, a 2004 Chevy Aveo, went out of control because of its excessive speed, hitting a tree after striking a light pole. An 18 year old girl died in this Las Vegas car crash (she was pronounced dead on scene), and another young woman, a 20 year old by the name of Anna Karac, sustained injuries described as not serious. She was brought to and treated at University Medical Center.

This fatal Southern Nevada vehicle accident took place on South Fort Apache road, in the area of the intersection with West Sahara Avenue. The convenience store that allegedly robbed by one or more occupants of the crashed vehicle was just a few miles away to the south and west, close to the intersection of Hualapai Way and Charleston Boulevard. The accident took place sometime after 11 in the evening on Wednesday. Two men fled the scene and have yet to be identified.

The way this accident is different also has to do with liability in this case. We can make an initial assumption that neither of these two woman were driving the vehicle, though that may turn out to be false. However, we can safely say that not both of the women were driving in this fatal Las Vegas automobile accident. We here at Benson & Bingham understand that one or both of these girls may be entitled to compensation for negligence on the part of the driver. There are tricky legal principles here, and they have to do in part with previously knowledge of the intent to commit the robbery. But especially if the women were just along for a ride when the men decided to commit a crime the injured woman and the family of the deceased may have a legitimate claim to compensation for the negligence of whoever was driving the vehicle. This is why Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law offer free initial consultations for auto injury accidents and wrongful deaths in Las Vegas – because you never know if you have a real case before you speak with an attorney.

ATV Accident in Las Vegas Causes Injury and Death

October 21st, 2014 1 comment
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An incredibly bad ATV accident near Las Vegas has cost the life of one man over the weekend, and another woman remains in serious condition. The genesis of the accident was an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) ride out at the Apex/Nellis Dunes. If you’re not familiar, there’s an off highway vehicle area there, used by ATVs, dirt bikes, four wheel driving enthusiasts, and the like. According to early reports, the vehicle rolled down a hill in the accident. The man who was killed in this ATV Accident north of Las Vegas, a 68 year old, was the driver of the Yamaha Rhino. A female passenger, said to be 67 years old, is still listed in serious condition. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman is being treated at University Medical Center. The all terrain and off highway vehicle park is up near where North Las Vegas Boulevard and Clark R. Peterson Boulevard meet. The accident here happened around 1:30 in the afternoon on Sunday – just yesterday.

An ATV or any off-road accident is generally treated the same way as a motor vehicle accident in Clark County. This is in the same way that most accidents that occur on Southern Nevada roadways are treated similarly. There are differences that top Las Vegas accident lawyers like we have at Benson & Bingham know. But to understand things in a broad context, all road accidents are similar in the eyes of the law. Pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, ATV accidents, motorcycle accidents in Las Vegas, they all start with some similar baselines as they are generally all considered to be traffic accidents. Now like we said, we here at Benson & Bingham understand the important ways that all these accidents are different, and will really drill down into those details for you to get you the compensation you deserve following an injury accident in Las Vegas.

In many ways, a part of this recent news we found to be a little inspiring, if not quite uplifting. That a 67 year old woman and a 68 year old man were out banging around an off road track on an ATV is at least a little heartwarming. We frankly hope that we have that much and that type of exciting activity when we get a little grayer than some of us are now.

Pedestrian Killed in Las Vegas Walmart Parking Lot

October 18th, 2014 No comments
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A pedestrian was killed in a car accident at a Walmart in Las Vegas yesterday, according to police and local news reports. Why the accident happened remains under investigation, but the Las Vegas Metro Police did say that it was a 2014 Hyundai that struck the woman and rolled over her. The accident took place a little before 4 in the afternoon yesterday. The vehicle, an Elantra model, was driven by a woman, age 54, who stayed at the scene of the accident. The person who was killed, also a woman (age 69), was taken to Sunrise Hospital, where her death was officially pronounced. So far the driver of the vehicle has not been charged or even cited with a traffic violation. According Lt. Ken Romane with the department, initial ruling is that it was an accidental pedestrian death at Walmart in Clark County. The Walmart where this took place is the one over by the airport on Eastern Avenue in the area of Russell Road.

If your family member is killed in a pedestrian accident in Southern Nevada you need to speak to a lawyer. No matter what the initial ruling is on fault, you need someone who can listen to the facts from your point of view and seek to discover if you are due compensation to help with the costs of settling your loved one’s affairs, any medical bills they might have incurred during lifesaving procedures, and the time and pain grieving their loss costs you. You may even be liable for the medical bills yourself. Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law specialize in helping the grieving families of the deceased. Our top Las Vegas wrongful death attorneys know how support you how we can, and not make your life more difficult by burdening you with legal details you don’t care about. Benson & Bingham are also experienced at knowing what to look for following accidents where the initial ruling is “accident” that really shouldn’t have been. We know the other factors that need to be looked into, and can help you get the compensation you deserve if your loved one’s death was due in part to the negligence of another party. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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