When we drive down public roads, many of us tend to instinctively prepare for the possibility of mistakes being made when we see certain types of vehicles whether those instinctive reactions are fair or not. We tend to brace ourselves for unpredictable maneuvers when we see a driver weaving in and out of his lane, and we tend to become somewhat tense when we see a driver involved in an animated conversation on his or her cell phone. It’s simply part of how we acquire the necessary skill of anticipation, and this skill can make all the difference between crashes and arriving at our destinations safely.
When we see an enormous bus driving down the road with a tour company’s logo on the side, we tend to relax a bit and not worry about the possibility of mistakes. We do so because we assume that tour bus companies would never allow someone who was under the influence of alcohol or some other intoxicant to get behind the wheel of one of its vehicles. There is too much at stake for everyone involved and there are too many regulations in place for this to happen with any regularity.
However, that doesn’t mean that it cannot happen, and we were reminded of that fact after a suspected Las Vegas DUI accident injured 12 people on Sunday. According to several reports, the driver of a thankfully empty tour bus slammed into cars that were stopped at a red light at the intersection of Desert Inn Road and Maryland Parkway at approximately 5:30 p.m. After crashing into the vehicles, the bus eventually came to rest when it ran into a light pole.
After that initial stop, witnesses reported that the bus driver allegedly tried to back out of his stopped position and flee the scene. Fortunately, witnesses and bystanders helped to detain the bus driver until police arrived. The bus driver allegedly admitted to having used synthetic marijuana before getting behind the wheel of the vehicle and he was arrested and charged with the following:
The 12 people who were transported to the hospital after the crash are all expected to survive, but no other updates were given on their conditions. None of the names of those involved in this accident were released to the public.
This is a situation where it’s possible that Nevada personal injury lawsuits will be filed in response to this incident. Those lawsuits could be filed against both the driver and the tour bus company depending on the circumstances of the situation. Regardless, it’s going to lead to fallout on several levels as people were injured in a shocking way.
If you or someone you love has been harmed by an intoxicated driver, contact the Las Vegas accident lawyers at the Sam Harding Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.