Limousines are often considered to be the pinnacle of luxury and elegance on the streets, so it’s natural that we don’t hear much about limo accidents. However, crashes do occur given the nature of how a limo has unique physical properties and driving patterns that give variance to the way traffic behaves.
A study in 2010 showed over 20 fatalities that resulted from limousine crashes for that year. Just like a school bus, seat belts are not required for limousines, making it more dangerous in the case of a severe accident. They may receive head or neck injuries, sprains or fractures from even a low speed impact. Many passengers are also seated sideways with their backs to the wall of the interior. This makes them extremely vulnerable to a side impact from another vehicle.
If you are a passenger, the limo driver should be representing the limo company and take care of most of the formal procedures. However, if you find yourself in the position of documenting info and interacting with other drivers, be sure to follow theses steps:
The limousine is a funny vehicle. Because it is larger than the standard sedan, it bears more weight, both in hardware and in passengers. This can make it awkward for other drivers and can affect driving patterns around even the most experienced limousine driver.
The most common types of limo crashes are:
These can be especially dangerous given the fact that most limousine passengers do not wear seat belts.
In most cases, your limo driver is expected to operate under the “duty to reasonable care.” What this means is that your driver is doing every thing he/she can to avoid causing any kind of injury to you or anyone else in the vehicle. As long as they are operating under these parameters, the responsibility for the accident is usually transferred to the limousine company.
Our firm will completely manage your case and keep pressure on the defendant throughout the course of your claim. We will gather all of the necessary information, identify insurance coverage, interview witnesses, take photographs of the vehicles and accident scenes. In addition, where appropriate, we retain certified accident reconstructionists to act as our experts in reconstructing the accident. Throughout the entire process, we will work to ensure that your legal rights are protected, and that you receive the best possible representation and the possible recovery.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a limousine accident in Florida, whether as a pedestrian, driver, or passenger in a motor vehicle, please call Tampa personal injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Christopher DeBari right away and begin the process of protecting your legal rights.