Gloria Jackson Las Vegas: Gloria Jean Jackson Killed In Las Vegas Bus Accident While Crossing Bonneville Avenue at Main Street
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (January 31, 2020) – An elderly woman identified as Gloria Jean Jackson has tragically died in a Regional Transportation Commission bus accident near the intersection of Bonneville Avenue and Main Street.
Las Vegas police department officials are saying that the collision took place around 11:40 p.m. For reasons that remain under investigation a bus turning left from Main Street hit Gloria Jean Jackson as she was in a marked crosswalk.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help Gloria Jean Jackson. She was taken to the University Medical Center but later died due to her injuries.
Hosea Hopkins is the last surviving sibling of the victim. He described his sister as a straight shooter who took care of everyone in the family. An investigation into the fatal bus accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Las Vegas Bus Accidents
The number of fatal bus accidents over the past several years has continue to rise. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, “There was a 34-percent decrease in the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses between 2005 and 2009, followed by an increase of 40 percent between 2009 and 2017. From 2016 to 2017, the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses increased by 8 percent.”
Bus companies are considered “common carriers” under the law and are held to a very high standard in terms of safety. According to Squaw Valley Ski Corporation v. Superior Court, “The elevated standard of care for common carriers is “based on a recognition that the privilege of serving the public as a common carrier necessarily entails great responsibility, requiring common carriers to exercise a high duty of care towards their customers.” There are a number of factors commonly associated with bus accidents including:
- Distracted driving
- Driver intoxication
- Prescription drug use
All bus drivers are expected to exercise due care and to yield the right of way to pedestrians in lawfully marked crosswalks. According to Nevada Vehicle Code 484B.253, “The driver of a vehicle within an intersection intending to turn to the left shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard, but such driver, having so yielded and having given a signal when and as required, may make such left turn and the drivers of all other vehicles approaching the intersection from the opposite direction shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle making the left turn.” There are a number of entities that could be held liable for a bus accident including:
- Bus Drivers: Bus drivers receive special training and are expected to avoid pedestrians even when they are outside of lawfully marked crosswalks.
- Bus companies: Companies are generally liable for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as those employees are working within the course and scope of their job duties.
- Cities: Many buses are owned by cities and government municipalities. They may also be liable for the negligent actions of a bus driver.
The family of any victim that died in a bus accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and loss of love. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with being able to file a civil claim. Failing to act within the statute of limitations may result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Las Vegas Bus Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Gloria Jean Jackson. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help prevent additional accidents like this. Bus drivers must learn to slow down and to keep an eye out for pedestrians especially downtown.
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