Public areas, whether owned and controlled by a private or public entity, have a responsibility to provide a safe area including an area which is free from slip and fall, or trip and fall hazards. The same standard applies to public areas as would apply to private areas; a duty to provide a reasonably safe area for pedestrians. Public area slip and fall hazards can be in the form of poor lighting, uneven walking surfaces, non-code compliant stairs and long-standing debris.
Mass transit is one of the primary locations for public area accidents. It is up to the operators of airport buses or shuttles, casino shuttles, hotel shuttles, the Las Vegas monorail, local and national bus carriers and taxis or limousines to ensure the safety of patrons and those in the vicinity.
These accidents can be complex because they involve public authorities. Taking on these entities requires can mean cutting through bureaucratic red tape and understanding that you’re taking on the government.
A public transit authority’s lack of concern for public safety is not only an egregious betrayal of public trust, it can have devastating consequences for victims. Mass transit is responsible for safely carrying you and many others from one point in Las Vegas to another. It all depends on one person in the driver’s seat of a bus or shuttle and the people who maintain the vehicles. When a passenger car malfunctions or the driver makes the wrong decision, a limited number of people fall victim to the outcome. When this happens with a vehicle such as a bus or rail vehicle, the potential for mass catastrophic injury increases exponentially.