Commercial Vehicle Accident in Las Vegas Near Iconic “Welcome” Sign

August 21st, 2014 No comments
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We’re following a story that is developing this evening involving a commercial vehicle accident in Las Vegas near our iconic “Welcome” sign. The sign, “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas,” is about as famous a landmark as anything in Las Vegas – any movie or television show featuring our city invariably has a scene with a shot of the sign. Unlike a skyline shot that you see of other cities where unless you intimately know the city you might not immediately know what you’re looking at, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign makes it pretty clear what location you’re seeing. The accident this evening occurred on that stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard that the sign overlooks. That is the area on the south end of town near the intersection with Russell Road, if you’re somehow unfamiliar with the area. If you’ve never been there, you should go – though probably not this evening.

This Clark County commercial vehicle accident occurred a few minutes before 10 o’clock this evening (Thursday, August 21st). The commercial vehicle is said to be some sort of a pickup truck which was carrying chemicals in a trailer or hitch. The pickup rolled over in the accident and the chemicals spilled out onto the street. Several people have been brought to University Medical Center already. So far their injuries have not been reported to be serious – we hope this stays the case. Since it’s only a couple of hours since the accident there is little yet known (or released, anyway) regarding the cause of this commercial vehicle accident in Southern Nevada. We do know that traffic is pretty well snarled in that area as the southbound direction of Las Vegas Boulevard is totally closed in the area.

Accidents in Nevada involving commercial vehicles can be tricky, and difficult for people injured in those accidents to get the compensation they deserve for their injuries. Benson & Bingham deal with these accidents a lot, and understand how to go about getting adequate coverage for our clients. We know when the cap on commercial vehicles’ liability coverage is actually a cap, and when it is not. If you’ve been injured in a commercial vehicle accident in Las Vegas or the surrounding area, you need to speak with top Las Vegas injury lawyers like we have to help determine if you have a case to pursue. Benson & Bingham offer free consultations so you don’t have to worry about out of pocket expenses and can come speak with us even if you’re not sure you have a claim to pursue. Contact us today.

 

New Food Poisoning Fears in Las Vegas from Peanut Butter

August 20th, 2014 No comments
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Have you been sickened by bad food in Las Vegas? If you have, you’re not alone, and it may very well be due to the negligence of another party. If that’s the case, and you have a legitimate injury, you have a claim to be compensated for the injury, any loss of income and life quality. How will you know if you have a legitimate injury and case? Come talk to Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law today for a free consultation. We deal with a lot of food poisoning or food borne illness cases in Nevada, and have a good sense of what cases are like. Unfortunately Las Vegas sees a lot of different tainted food cases, whether it be from untrained kitchen staff in high turnover locations or more national issues like salmonella poisoning fears in Southern Nevada from almond and peanut butters sold at stores like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Safeway, and Kroger. A recent recall of those nut butters labeled with MaraNatha Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butter, in addition to the individual labels of each store.

As of yet the FDA has not released the number of pounds or jars or batches of the affected butters. The parent company has yet to speak to the matter, as well. The matter came forward as part of a standard testing procedure done as a routine by the Food and Drug Administration, when risk of contamination was discovered. Say what you will about the government, but we sure are glad to see this kind of proactive keeping our food safe. We have yet to hear if there has been much sickening from this in Southern Nevada, but we are actively investigating the situation.

If you think you may have been sickened by tainted food in Clark County call Benson & Bingham today for a free consultation if you’ve been treated for it. If you haven’t yet been treated, visit a hospital. We know from experience that food borne illnesses have an awful effect on most, but a profoundly worse effect for a few. Hospitalization and more serious situations, we’ve seen all kinds of much worse than normal cases and helped people who were damaged by the negligence of another party in their illness. Contact Benson & Bingham today if you believe your illness might have come from any of these potentially tainted peanut butters or almond butters for a free consultation to discuss your situation.

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New Las Vegas Traffic Accident Statistics Out

August 18th, 2014 No comments
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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is out with updated year to date accident and traffic numbers, and the results continue to be encouraging from a year over year perspective. The number of total traffic accidents is down, the number of injury accidents is down, and the number of fatal traffic accidents in Southern Nevada is down, as well. The number of total accidents is the real outlier in the percentages: down almost 40 percent from last year at this same time. That’s compared to 21.52 percent decline in the number of injury collisions, and a 23.44 percent drop in the number of fatal collisions. Those two numbers are quite close to each other – the percentage drops in injury and fatal accident in Las Vegas statistics – which makes you wonder about the total collisions number and why that drop is so outside the range. Part of the reason could be, as we have discussed before, that the number may not reflect the non-injury vehicle accidents that the police are no longer responding to per new enforcement priorities.

The decline in the number of injury accidents and deadly accidents is fantastic. We are worried, however, that it may be reversing. Take for example motorcycle accidents – there have been at least three fatal motorcycle accidents in Clark County just since these stats were released, and these numbers are only just over 10 days old. Also, the number of deaths of passengers in car crashes in Las Vegas is troubling – a 20 percent rise year over year. We’re looking into how the decline in the number of DUI arrests in Las Vegas Metro Police’ jurisdiction bears on these numbers – per the stats, these arrests are down around 20 percent year over year.

Even if the numbers are down, the toll is no less great if your loved one was killed in a traffic accident in Southern Nevada. Benson & Bingham understand the pain you’re in, and can help. We make it our goal to help people like you in times of need: to make your life easier, handle all the details of making sure you’re compensated enough to pay the bills and have time and space to pick up the pieces. Contact Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law today for a free consultation.

Another Fatal Clark County Motorcycle Accident Tonight

August 17th, 2014 No comments
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Motorcycles are dangerous. There is no two ways about it. Two four wheeled vehicles involved in a crash at 30 miles per hour can be no more than a fender bender. On a motorcycle, you hear those words and you hold your breath. With no protective enclosure, and every accident essentially being akin to a car occupant not wearing a seatbelt and being thrown from the vehicle, anything has a much higher potential to be serious, or fatal. Such is the case again this evening, as another man has been killed in a Las Vegas motorcycle accident involving a car . If you’ve lost someone to a motorcycle accident in Clark County, Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law can help. We understand motorcycle accidents, and fatal accidents in general. We can help.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper and spokesman Loy Hixson gave few details to news outlets regarding the accident. The accident occurred sometime before 8 o’clock this evening in the southwest Las Vegas valley. A woman was the driver of the vehicle that was involved in this motorcycle crash. She was taken to University Medical Center with minor injuries, the same place as the deceased. The accident took place along Blue Diamond Road to the west of South Durango Drive, near the small intersection at Arlington Ranch Blvd.  We don’t know at this point if the highway patrol knows more than that and just are not sharing it yet with respect to the family and loved ones of the motorcyclist who died, or if they have not yet determined other pieces of the accident. At this point, again, they have given very little information on the crash out to the general public.

Have you had someone taken from you in a Clark County motorcycle accident? If you have, and you think that it may not have been their fault, you need to speak with an experienced Las Vegas accident attorney who can help you understand your legal rights. Benson & Bingham’s attorneys not only know accident law inside and out, we know communication and customer service. Our goal is to not only be the best legal professionals, but the best professional service around. Benson & Bingham’s attorneys aren’t satisfied unless our clients are satisfied, with both the outcome of their case and how they were treated. Visit us today for a free consultation, and you’ll soon see why we have such a high rate of referral service.

Suspect Sought in Las Vegas Motorcycle Accident and Death

August 16th, 2014 No comments
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An early morning crash yesterday, Friday, saw one person killed in a motorcycle accident in Las Vegas. Word from the Nevada Highway Patrol was that two motorcyclists were riding close by one another in the same lane of travel when the accident occurred. About 1:30 in the morning, one of the two went out of control and struck the other motorcycle. The motorcycle that was stuck then also lost control. The 31 year old man riding that motorcycle, Julius Gerald, struck a barrier on the side of road before he was tossed from his black 2008 Honda sport bike. He landed on the roadway and was hit by a truck, and died at the scene. If a loved one is killed in a motorcycle crash in Nevada that may have been the fault of another person, Benson & Bingham are the lawyers you should call for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.

The rider of the other motorcycle left the scene of the accident. He or she is wanted by the police for questioning in relation to this fatal motorcycle accident in Clark County. Police are urging anyone who may have seen this accident, or a biker driving suspiciously in the area of the accident, to call the Nevada Highway Patrol. The number there is 702-432-5110. Please call if you saw anything, even if it turns out to have not been relevant to this case, you don’t know until you call. The accident occurred on Interstate 15, again around 1:30am on Friday morning (would have felt like Thursday night to you, perhaps) and was in the area of the Sahara Avenue interchange, on the northbound side of the freeway. Most of those lanes were closed for hours after the crash, and did not reopen until around 6 in the morning.

Contact Benson & Bingham if you’re looking for a top Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorney. We offer free consultations so you can come in to see us even if you’re not sure whether you have a case or not. We’ll listen to your situation, and explain your legal options and rights. If you do have a case, we’ll represent you and get you the best outcome we possibly can for your injury, or for the death of your loved one. Benson & Bingham are here to help you in this most terrible of situations – get in touch with us today.

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Two Fires in Las Vegas Today

August 15th, 2014 No comments
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Two structure fires were started today by discarded cigarettes – one an apartment fire in Clark County, the other a fire in a casino on the Las Vegas strip. Luckily neither of these incidents has been reported to have caused injury, but that’s truly a matter of luck. The fact that both fires were started on the same day by carelessly discarded cigarettes should give pause to any smokers about how they throw out there used butts, and where. If you’re injured in a casino fire in Las Vegas, or you have property damage or injury from an apartment fire in Clark County, Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law can help – contact us today for a free consultation.

The first fire to catch was at the Tropicana Royale apartments, near Spencer Street on Tropicana. This apartment complex, which is in the neighborhood of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, allegedly caught fire when someone dropped a cigarette butt on one of the balconies. The fire, which was reported to have started around noon, damaged the balcony, inside the apartment, and the roof of it before fire crews could control it, which they managed to do before it damaged any other units, according to the department. An estimated $70,000 in damages is the result.

The second fire to catch was 1pm at The Cosmopolitan. This casino fire in Las Vegas was started by a cigarette butt allegedly catching the contents of a trash can on fire inside a hotel room. Initial reports indicated a massive fire with multiple different hotel rooms involved, though it reportedly was only the one small fire in one trash can that did about $10,000 worth of damage.

If your property is damaged or you suffer injury in a Las Vegas casino fire or apartment fire you need a good lawyer who knows what they’re doing in this type of situation.  Benson & Bingham have those attorneys at the ready, call us today for a free consultation. Especially if the fire wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to significant damages. The fire department’s estimation of the damage amount at the scene could be accurate, but Benson & Bingham’s top fire attorneys know that that’s not the whole story. Contact us today to tell us, free of obligation, what the particulars of your situation are. We’ll let you know your legal rights, and represent you to the fullest if you have a claim to pursue.