Who Is Liable for a Shuttle Accident?
Last Vegas is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. In fact, McCarran International Airport welcomes approximately 3.8 million travelers on a monthly basis. Most of these passengers will utilize a shuttle service to reach their hotels or a connecting transportation service. But what happens if the shuttle is involved in an accident? Most shuttle vehicles lack seat belts, air bags, and other critical safety features. When a collision occurs, the passengers often sustain debilitating, if not fatal, injuries that necessitate costly medical procedures and treatment programs. In Nevada, the following parties can be liable after a shuttle accident:
- The shuttle driver
- The shuttle company
- The shuttle manufacturer
- A third-party
- The defendant owed you a duty of care.
- The defendant breached this duty.
- The breach of duty caused your injuries.
- The injury resulted in damages.
SHUTTLE COMPANIESShuttles are classified as common carriers under Nevada Law. A “common carrier” is a business that transports customers on an on-call basis or as part of a scheduled route. When a passenger purchases a ticket and boards a shuttle, the company and shuttle driver owe a special duty of care to this person. This duty encompasses the following principles: providing a safe vehicle for transport, treating passengers with respect and civility, warning passengers about potential dangers, offering reasonable accommodations for the disabled and elderly, and, above all else, driving safely. Therefore, a company can be held liable for damages if their passengers are injured as a result of their negligence. In the past, shuttle companies have been held legally responsible for the following negligence scenarios:
- The driver was speeding.
- The driver was drunk or high.
- The shuttle company hired a driver who wasn’t qualified to drive a shuttle.
- The shuttle company failed to train their driver.
- The shuttle overturned because it was holding too many passengers.
- The shuttle company failed to maintain the vehicle.