Published: February 29, 2024 | Jack Bernstein

The flashing lights and celebratory atmosphere of a limo or party bus can quickly turn into a confusing and painful scene after an accident. Whether celebrating in style or just getting a safe ride home, you have rights that need protecting.

Vegas is a hub for these flashy vehicles, but accidents happen. The aftermath can be especially complicated, filled with unfamiliar legal terms and potentially multiple parties involved.

Limo and party bus accidents involve unique situations and laws. Let’s unravel the complexities and shed light on how to secure the best possible outcome for your case.

Key TakeawayInsights
My Rights After a Limo/Party Bus AccidentYou have the right to seek medical attention, gather evidence, and pursue compensation for your injuries if they were caused by someone else’s negligence.
Who Can I Sue?Potentially the limo/party bus company, the driver, or other motorists involved in the accident, depending on the circumstances.
What If I Wasn’t Wearing a Seatbelt?Nevada’s comparative negligence laws mean you may still have a case, but your compensation could be reduced.
Do Nevada Laws Apply to Me?If you’re a visiting tourist, Nevada laws will apply to your accident case, so consult with a Nevada-licensed attorney.
Is Time a Factor?Yes! Nevada has a two-year statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit after an accident.
Should I Hire a Lawyer?Limo/party bus accident cases can be complex and involve multiple parties. A lawyer will protect your rights and fight for the best possible outcome.

Who Can Be Held Responsible?

After a limo or party bus accident, figuring out who’s at fault can be like untangling a plate of spaghetti. Multiple parties could be responsible for your injuries and getting fair compensation takes understanding the legal landscape.

Common Carrier Law and Your Rights

Limo and party bus companies are considered “common carriers” under the law. This means they have a higher duty of care towards their passengers. Here’s what this means for you:

  • Increased Responsibility: Common carriers must take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their passengers. This includes properly maintaining their vehicles, hiring qualified drivers, and ensuring their drivers follow traffic laws and operate their vehicles safely.
  • Drivers Held Accountable: Limo and party bus drivers are held to a higher standard of care compared to regular drivers. They must undergo specialized training and licensing to operate these types of vehicles.
  • Stronger Basis for Your Case: If the limo or party bus company violated their obligations as a common carrier, it strengthens your case and emphasizes their responsibility for the accident and your injuries.

The Company: “Vicarious Liability”

Limo and party bus companies can be responsible for their drivers’ actions. This means if their driver was negligent (careless) and caused the accident, the company could be on the hook for damages. They also have a duty to maintain their vehicles safely. Think of it as the company being responsible for the mistakes of their employees.

The Driver: Common Negligence

Just like any driver, limo and party bus drivers must obey traffic laws and operate their vehicles with care. If they don’t, it’s called “negligence.” This includes:

  • Distracted driving: Texting, eating, or messing with the music system.
  • DUI: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Speeding and Reckless Driving: Ignoring speed limits or driving dangerously for the conditions.

Other Motorists: Not Just the Limo or Party Bus

Sometimes, another driver could be the primary cause of the accident. If a car swerved in front of the limo, or ran a red light, that motorist might be the one who should compensate you for your injuries.

Determining liability is complex and often requires a thorough investigation. This is where experienced personal injury attorneys, like those at our firm, step in to protect your interests.

Nevada Laws You Need to Know

Understanding your rights involves knowing the specific laws that apply to accidents in Nevada. Here are some key things to keep in mind:

  • Comparative Negligence: Sharing the Fault
    Nevada follows a “modified comparative negligence” law. This means that even if you were partially at fault for the accident (for example, not wearing a seatbelt or being distracted), you might still be able to recover compensation. However, the amount you receive could be reduced by your percentage of fault.
    For example, if you’re awarded $100,000 but found to be 20% at fault, your compensation would be reduced to $80,000. This is why it’s crucial to have a lawyer assess all potential factors that could impact your case.
  • Statute of Limitations: You Have Limited Time
    You have only two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit in Nevada. This deadline is strict, and missing it could mean losing your right to seek compensation.
  • Tourist Alert: Out-of-State Laws Might Not Protect You
    If you were injured as a tourist visiting Las Vegas, the laws of your home state may not fully apply. This is why it’s crucial to consult with a personal injury attorney licensed in Nevada to know your options.
  • Liability Limits: They Could Impact Your Case
    Nevada law might cap the amount of compensation you can receive IF the limo or party bus company was following the regulations for insurance and licensing, and the driver wasn’t breaking the law. This underscores the importance of legal help early on to assess all sources of potential recovery.

What To Do Immediately After the Accident

The moments after a limo or party bus crash are chaotic. You might be injured, disoriented, and unsure what to do next. Here’s what matters most:

  • Your Health Comes First: Even if you feel “okay”, seek medical attention ASAP. Some injuries, like whiplash, might not be obvious right away. Medical records are crucial evidence if you decide to file a claim.
  • Document Everything (If Possible): This can be tough after an accident, but it helps your case. If you can, try to:
    • Take Photos and Videos: Of the accident scene, vehicles involved, and any visible injuries.
    • Witnesses: Get names and contact info of anyone who saw what happened.
    • Company Communication: Save any text messages, emails, or calls from the limo or party bus company.
  • Call a Lawyer, Especially for Complex Cases: Limo and party bus accidents can get messy. Insurance companies, multiple injured people, and the company itself might be involved. Having a lawyer on your side from the start protects your rights and helps you navigate these complexities.

Common Injuries and Compensation

Limo and party bus accidents can cause a wide range of injuries, from minor to severe. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Physical Injuries: More Than Cuts and Bruises
    • Broken bones and fractures
    • Head and neck injuries (whiplash, concussions)
    • Spinal cord injuries
    • Internal injuries
  • Beyond the Physical: Emotional Trauma
    • Anxiety and PTSD
    • Lost enjoyment of vacation (especially relevant for tourists in Vegas)
    • Emotional distress
  • Your Right to Compensation If someone else’s negligence caused your injuries, you could be entitled to compensation for:
    • Medical bills (current and future)
    • Lost wages
    • Pain and suffering
    • Loss of future earning capacity (if injuries impact your ability to work)

Documenting your injuries and their impact on your life is essential for maximizing your potential compensation. An attorney can help you build a strong case that demonstrates the full extent of your losses.

Party Bus and Limo Accident Rights FAQs

I was hurt in a limo/party bus crash. What should I do?

Seek medical attention, gather any evidence you can, and get in touch with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Can I get compensation for my injuries?

Potentially, yes. If another party’s negligence caused your injuries, you might be entitled to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

I wasn’t wearing a seatbelt in the party bus when the accident happened. Can I still file a claim?

Nevada law (comparative negligence) might impact your claim if you weren’t wearing a seatbelt, but it doesn’t automatically disqualify you. A lawyer can assess how this affects your specific situation.

The limo was driving way too fast, but I think the other car also ran a red light. Who is at fault?

This is a complex situation where multiple parties could share liability. An accident investigation and a skilled attorney are needed to determine how much blame falls on each party.

There was alcohol on the party bus. Does this change my case?

It could. Whether you were drinking or not, the presence of alcohol can complicate an accident case. It’s essential to discuss this with a lawyer to understand its potential impact.

The limo company is saying the driver was an independent contractor, not an employee. What does that mean?

This is a tactic companies sometimes use to shirk responsibility. However, an attorney can investigate this claim and determine if the company can still be held liable.

I’m not sure if my case is strong enough. Can you help me figure that out?

Yes. We offer free consultations to evaluate your case and explain your options. Don’t hesitate to contact us – there’s no obligation.

I’m worried about legal costs. How do I afford a lawyer?

We work on a contingency fee basis. That means you don’t pay us anything unless we successfully recover compensation for you

Navigating the Aftermath: Your Next Steps

Limo and party bus accidents throw your life into turmoil. Understanding your rights and options is the first step towards getting the compensation you deserve.

How Jack Bernstein Injury Lawyers Can Help

We are well versed in limo and party bus accident cases. We can help by:

  • Assessing Your Case: We’ll offer a free consultation to determine if you have a viable claim and explain your legal options.
  • Estimating Potential Compensation: Based on the specifics of your case, we’ll give you an idea of what your injuries and losses might be worth.
  • Guiding You Through the Process: We’ll handle the legal complexities, communication with insurance companies, and fight for your best possible outcome.
  • No Win, No Fee: We work on a contingency basis, meaning you pay nothing unless we win your case.

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If you have been injured in a limousine or party bus accident, contact Jack Bernstein Injury Lawyers for a free, no obligation consultation with experienced Las Vegas pedestrian accident lawyers. You will gain an advocate for every stage in the claims process until you have the compensation you deserve.

Jack Bernstein Injury Lawyers is available to help you handle your injury claim in the Las Vegas metropolitan area and beyond. Jack Bernstein and his team can offer you the personalized service and legal representation you deserve after an accident.

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