Horseback riding is an enjoyable activity for people of all ages; however, there is an inherent amount of risk involved. Many times, those who participate in this activity have little or no equine experience, and therefore rely on the stable master or trail guide to keep them safe. When horseback riding injuries occur, they often raise the question of who is at fault in this situation.
The answer to this question is never clear and simple. There are a number of things that determine how liable a stable owner is for injuries sustained by patrons. These can include the temperament of the horse, experience of the animal’s handlers, and the type of safety precautions that were taken. It may often come down to whether the stable owner knew or should have known that an injury was likely to happen.
At the same time, there are several factors that can mitigate the stable owner’s liability. For example, if an individual was negligent or cruel to a horse, this could be deemed to have caused the injuries. If customers ignore safety warnings or fail to report unsafe conditions, this could be used to mitigate charges of negligence against the stable, thereby reducing or eliminating their liability altogether.
If you’ve been injured during a horse-ride, it’s important to speak to a personal injury attorney. That way, you can obtain an analysis of your case to determine if there is a possibility employees of the stable were negligent.
There were two very sad pedestrian accidents in Las Vegas in the last week. One happened last night when a 16-year-old boy was taken to the hospital in critical condition after being hit by a car at around 6 p.m. The other happened last Wednesday when a nun from a local parish was on her daily walk and was struck by a car.
Las Vegas is one of the most dangerous cities for pedestrian accidents. We can all be more vigilant and careful to help avoid accidents! Check out some tips below from the DMV.
-Edward M Bernstein and Associates
Tips on how to help avoid pedestrian accidents from the DMV:
• Must exercise due care to avoid a collision with a pedestrian at all times. (NRS 484B.280) • Must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. (NRS 484B.283) • Must yield at all times to a blind person using a white cane or service animal. (NRS 484B.290) • Must stop or slow down before passing another vehicle stopped in a travel lane until the driver has determined whether that vehicle has stopped for a pedestrian. (NRS 484B.283) • Must, in the presence of a school crossing guard, wait for all persons including the guard to com- pletely clear the road before proceeding. (NRS 484B.350)
• Must use the sidewalk and the nearest crosswalk, pedestrian bridge or tunnel when possible.
• Must obey official traffic-control devices.
• Must stay in the right-hand half of the crosswalk whenever practicable.
• Must walk on the left side of the street facing traf- fic if no sidewalk is available.
• Must not suddenly walk into the path of a vehicle so that it is impossible for the vehicle to yield.
• May not cross an intersection diagonally unless the intersection is specifically designed for this.
(NRS 484B.283 through 484B.297)
Longtime peace advocate dies after being struck by car By MIKE BLASKY LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Posted: January 11, 2011 | 12:00 a.m.
Ever since she was a child, Sister Rosemary Lynch took comfort in daily morning walks.
Find article at: Las Vegas Review Journal
Pedestrian, 16, critically injured in southwest valley collision By Rich Coleman (contact) Published Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 | 7:30 p.m.
A 16-year-old boy was taken to a hospital in critical condition Monday evening after he was hit by a car near Durango Drive and Warm Springs Road in the southwest valley, Metro Police said.
Find article at: Las Vegas Sun
Would you stop for a turkey? According to Metro Police, most people would not. To promote pedestrian safety, a Metro officer donned a turkey costume and started crossing the street.
The Sun article says, “nearly every time Officer Michael Lemley crossed Charleston Boulevard in the crosswalk at 11th Street, a motorist failed to stop for him, despite his bright red turkey outfit. Each time, another officer waiting on a motorcycle quickly pulled the offending vehicle over and wrote the driver a ticket.”
But why now and why the turkey costume? Well, Metro says with Thanksgiving and the shopping season approaching there are more pedestrians on the road, especially near shopping centers.
A man in a wheelchair was struck and killed by a car Friday morning on an Interstate 15 off-ramp. Clark County Coroner’s Office has identified the man as Alexis Morales.
Nevada Highway Patrol says the vehicle that hit the wheelchair was following a large SUV, which swerved to avoid the wheelchair. NHP says the driver of the second car didn’t see the wheelchair in time to avoid the collision.
Are crosswalks near off-ramps dangerous for pedestrians? Have you seen a pedestrian near an off ramp at the last minute? Remember pedestrians always have the right away and be sure to approach on-ramps and off-ramps with caution.
-Edward M Bernstein and Associates
Coroner IDs man in wheelchair killed on I-15 off-ramp By Jackie Valley Monday, Nov. 1, 2010 | 11:17 a.m.
A 20-year-old man in an electric wheelchair killed early Friday after being struck by a car on an Interstate 15 off-ramp has been identified as Alexis Morales, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office.
Find this article at: Las Vegas Sun