What Are My Rights in a Limousine Accident?

What Are My Rights in a Limousine Accident?

What Are My Rights in a Limousine Accident?

When you book a limousine for an event, whether it’s a night out with friends, a wedding, a trip to the airport or a trip to your favorite brewery, you believe you’re doing the responsible thing to secure your safety. It’s also safe to say that you can expect to arrive at your destination safely and worry-free. What happens when that all changes in an instance and you find yourself the victim of many people’s worst fear while letting someone else drive—a limousine accident.

Injuries

Limousines have a much heavier load than a traditional sedan due to the extra modifications and the additional passengers, requiring a much longer braking distance. Due to this, the number one limousine accident type is a rear end collision. Often times limousine drivers are trying to make good time to the event, so you tend to see them in the fast lane traveling at high speeds.

Much like when in a bus or other large vehicle, people feel they don’t need to use a seatbelt to restrain themselves. Although unlike a bus, which sits high up off the ground, a limousine functions similarly to a sedan when in an accident—meaning wearing a seatbelt, while not always necessary, is a good idea to ensure your safety.

Getting into a limousine accident without a seat belt can cause a vast array of injuries ranging from neck pain, fractures, sprains, and even brain trauma.

Common Carrier Responsibility

In California, limousines are classified as a common carrier. A common carrier is a person or company that transports goods or passengers on regular routes at set rates. A common carrier is responsible for providing and maintaining safe transportation, as well as any possible loss of goods during transport, including people. With this law in place, it means that a limousine business may be responsible for their driver's actions in the event of an accident on the road.

What to do After a Limousine Accident

If you were injured in a limousine accident, you may have a lawsuit if you’re able to show that the injuries sustained were a direct result of the driver’s negligence. If there was another driver involved who is believed to be at fault, it’s also possible to sue that driver.

Winning a driver negligence claim can result in recovering compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, and any lost wages or income.

Many victims of limousine accidents will reach out to insurance claims adjusters thinking they are going to take care of them. Be careful of this because many insurance claims adjusters only have the best interest of their company in mind. Documenting your injuries and having a medical professional take a look, including possible x-rays and MRIs, is a must after an accident.

A trusted, qualified attorney will have knowledge dealing with these insurance companies and can assist you along the way.

Make certain that you are protected after a limousine accident. Our Los Angeles injury lawyers are ready to handle your case. Give us a call (800) 905-8777 today for your free consultation.

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