News on Fatal Nevada Amtrak and Big Rig Accident

September 18th, 2014 No comments
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We’re keeping an eye out for some upcoming news on that Amtrak and semi truck crash in Nevada a few years back. Initial numbers being thrown around in from the jury box and for what the judge may tack on to the settlement for attorney’s fees approaches six million dollars that could be rendered in judgment. The negligent party on the business end of this verdict, found to be the trucking company of the big rig in this fatal accident in Nevada, did not give any immediate statements regarding this award against them. None of the defendants were quoted in the Reno Gazette-Journal piece on the crash. That’s not entirely surprising, in part because it’s not immediately clear from the outside whether insurance companies are really the ones liable here or not.

This was a terrible Nevada train accident. The crash occurred toward the end of June in 2011. It claimed the lives of six people, including the man behind the wheel of the truck. Findings from the National Transportation Safety Board laid blame for the accident on inattentiveness on the part of the driver as well as on the vehicles brakes, which were said to be faulty. Also mentioned was that the truck driver had received a number of speeding tickets in Nevada.

Of course, this is the criminal and corporate findings in that case. There are a number of family members of the people hurt or killed in this commercial truck accident in Nevada that has filed their own unique lawsuits that would cover family costs and pain and suffering. The almost six million dollars in commercial verdict that is being finalized is largely for property damage to the railroad, and some employees and passengers medical costs.

If you’re injured or a family member is killed in a commercial vehicle accident in Nevada, Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law can help. There are a number of these cases that occur all over Nevada from time to time, and we understand the ins and outs of commercial vehicle litigation. Benson & Bingham will get you the best outcome possible for your case. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Investigation Into House Fires in Nevada, NV Energy Smart Meters

September 16th, 2014 No comments
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Have you been the victim of a fire that may have been started by a NV Energy smart meter in Clark County? If so, you should come speak with our experienced Las Vegas fire injury lawyers at Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law today. News is coming out almost daily that raise questions about the safety of NV Energy’s smart meters and whether or not they have been the actual cause of house fires around the state for years now. Even if your fire wasn’t recent, it could still be a part of a lawsuit if certain findings are made. You know when you see headlines about the Nevada Fire Marshall calling for an investigation into potential fires started by smart meters in Nevada that something unusual is going on, and that you may not be alone.

Benson & Bingham’s attorneys have been following the news and case law and investigations closely. We wrote recently on our sister blog for Northern Nevada about two fire chiefs there, for Reno and Sparks, beginning to question whether a number of fires that have occurred recently have been due to the smart meters. Investigations had been conducted in the past the showed no increased incidence of house fires in Nevada from the smart meters. However, as this recent article points out, that data on house fires and smart meters in Nevada did not include the two biggest population centers in its tallies, namely Clark County and Washoe County.

There is still much to be investigated and discovered in these cases. There have been a number of recent cases where the smart meter has been determined to be the origin of the fire, but the cause thereof is harder to determine, in part because the meter is melted in the blaze. Rest assured that you’re in good hands with Benson & Bingham looking into these cases and investigating the circumstances. If you’re in a position where you think your home may have been burned or your family injured in a house fire in Las Vegas caused by a smart meter, you should call Benson & Bingham’s experienced house fire attorneys today. It’s important to have legal professionals conduct or oversee the conduct of an investigation so that you know someone is looking out for your interests alone, and can represent you if another party – NV Energy, the installer, or the maker of the smart meter – is at fault. Contact us today for a free consultation – we want to hear your story, and learn the facts.

Performer Suffers Head Injury in Summerlin, Nevada Golf Cart Accident

September 12th, 2014 No comments
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Our best wishes go out to the family of actress, singer, and all around entertainer Pia Zadora this evening following a scary accident to the Las Vegas performer. She suffered serious injuries from a golf cart accident in Summerlin, Nevada near her residence yesterday. Zadora was taken to University Medical Center and placed in intensive care after falling or being thrown from a moving cart. The cart was unfortunately under direction of her son, a 17 year old. He was reporting turning left when Zadora was thrown to the ground. The 60 year old broke her right ankle in a compound fracture and developed bleeding in the brain from a head injury in this Las Vegas accident. If you’re ever injured as badly as this, or have a family member who has been injured or killed, get the medical care you need immediately. Following that, get a good lawyer.

Medical expenses are no joke almost no matter what, and they’re really not funny for any type of procedure, time spent there, or use of serious equipment. There may be physical rehabilitation from an injury like this, possibly neurological rehabilitation from a brain injury. Then there’s a time lost from life, work, income, family, and everything else. Especially if the accident was not your fault or the fault of your injured family member, you’re likely entitled to coverage of these expenses and compensation for the phenomenal head ache, pun absolutely intended, of such an injury.

Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law are skilled in handling head and neck injuries in Las Vegas, whether they be from golf cart accidents, motor vehicle accidents, injuries at Las Vegas casinos, and any other kind you could think of. People are not always sure if they have a claim to pursue or not, nor if what they’re legal rights are. That’s why Benson & Bingham offer free initial consultations. If you have a case or claim we’ll then get you the best compensation possible with the best service around.

We don’t know much yet about why Zadora flew out of the golf cart, if this was deserving of a peculiar type of speeding ticket in Las Vegas. We also don’t know yet what her long term prognosis is. We can say with fair certainty, though, that she will not be doing her scheduled performances at Piero’s Italian Restaurant this weekend.

New Stats on Vehicle Accident Deaths in Las Vegas

September 11th, 2014 No comments
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New traffic statistics are out, and they continue to show a decline in fatal vehicle accidents in Clark County, or at least the area covered by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. This is good news, though we’d love to run the statistics on it. Scratch that, we are much better lawyers than statisticians: we’d love for someone independent to run the statistics on these numbers to see if the differences are significant.

Surely it is good news that 15 fewer people have died in Las Vegas car crashes than at this same point in 2013. The number is a whopping 28 more that died by this point in 2012 over how many this year, 51 to 79. The only category of traffic or vehicle accident in Southern Nevada that was not lower is the number of people killed by accidents involving motorcycles. There have been 14 this year, up 1 (or 8 percent) from 2013, but down one from 2012. Beyond that, all the different types of fatal accidents were down year over year: bicyclist fatalities, deaths of the driver of vehicles, deaths of passengers in vehicles, and pedestrians killed in traffic accidents.

It’s truly encouraging to see these numbers. It is also interesting to see them laid out on the page next to the bar graph for DUI arrests in Las Vegas, which shows a similar and striking downward trend. At around three thousand DUI arrests in Metro Police’s area, we’re just about one thousand fewer than at this same time in 2013, and almost two thousand lower than 2012. We find this drop in DUI arrests interesting juxtaposed against the lower traffic accidents – are people just driving less poorly and drinking and driving less, too? Some third factor that’s causing the two together, or independent factors responsible for the two changes mutually exclusively?

Whatever the case, there are still more car crash deaths in Southern Nevada than our families should have to deal with. But when they happen, shattered loved ones turn to Benson & Bingham for caring and effective legal representation. Our experienced Las Vegas attorneys know how to help, and how to be as unobtrusive yet full service as possible. We’ll help you with all the legal hoops from settling estates to getting you compensation to cover bills and grieving time if at all possible. Contact Benson & Bingham today for a free consultation.

One Dead in Las Vegas Head On Car Crash

September 9th, 2014 No comments
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A woman was killed in the morning hours today in a car crash in Las Vegas near Windmill Parkway on the 215 Beltway. This death is the 43rd fatality to occur this year in the area serviced by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. According to Metro, the man initially thought to be responsible for this accident charged with DUI that caused a death, as well as not having a valid license and driving the wrong way on a highway. This is because, according to initial reports on the accident, the truck that he was driving was heading in the eastbound direction but in the westbound lanes. His truck, a Toyota, crashed head on into a Hyundai sedan. The woman driving the vehicle, a 28 year old woman, was killed. Her name has been released to media, it is Jennie Marie Bergstrom of Henderson who was killed in this auto accident.

The man who was driving the truck was “booked in absentia” which means he was arrested, though not fully taken into custody because he was in the hospital. The driver, a 30 year old man, was treated at University Medical Center for non-critical injuries from the accident. His name has not been released to the media, though certainly we will find out in due time because of the booking, and the impending trial or plea bargain by the man, if he is in fact the responsible party for this accident. The woman who died, her vehicle was struck head on by the other vehicle, and it is unlikely he would have been booked for driving under the influence if there weren’t significant signs of driving under the influence.

Though we certainly withhold judgment until the criminal justice works it’s will, if your loved one was killed in a car crash in Clark County that they did not cause, you need a lawyer immediately to handle our civil claim for compensation and damages. Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law are the top Las Vegas lawyers you should call. We help families in need all the time, and are focused on supplying the best service possible to our clients, both in compensation earned and in overall experience. Benson & Bingham pride ourselves on the outcomes we get for our clients. Come visit us today for a free consultation. car-accident

Update on Las Vegas Crash

September 6th, 2014 No comments
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Two suspects have been arrested in connection with that Las Vegas accident we told you about a few days ago involving a police officer with Las Vegas Metro. The two people in question are the driver of the vehicle and his passenger. The driver had more than a proverbial book thrown at him, in fact it sounds like they fired up the printing presses to find even more books to throw at him. He is charged a myriad of major and minor offenses: a number of “regular” or more minor traffic offenses (minor compared to the other counts against him, at least), as well as driving under the influence for drugs. The top of the ticket is that he is facing a charge of attempted murder. The reasons he is facing such a strong count are laid out in a recent piece in Las Vegas news on this hit and run traffic accident injury case. If you or a family member is injured in a hit and run accident in Southern Nevada, Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law know just how to help you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

The main reason cited in this article is that police reportedly warned the driver numerous times to slow down. He finally did bring the vehicle to a stop. But then, as the policeman approached the vehicle and asked him to roll down the window, he took off. He struck another officer who was standing there and helping to direct traffic and investigation of an earlier Clark County vehicle accident that was also being moved so as to not block the road. That officer that he struck was either dragged by the vehicle or knocked on to the top side of vehicle itself and then forced to jump or roll off at some point. Which one of those it was depends a bit on which news account you read, we have seen.

Benson & Bingham’s top Las Vegas injury accident lawyers can assist you if you ever find yourself in this type of position. We get great returns for our clients. That’s a big piece of why we get so much referral business. The other is that we focus also on our customer service – we believe it’s just as important to your happiness, which is really what people come to us to try to help restore. We’re glad we’re able to help so many.