Riding in a limousine, whether it be for convenience or extravagance, is always exciting. People book limousines to transport a larger number of people and they are supposed to be the safest way to arrive at a destination whether alcohol is involved or not. However, what happens when an accident occurs? Who is responsible if you are injured as a passenger?
As a passenger in a regular car accident that results in an injury, you would receive some amount of compensation from either driver’s insurance company if two or more vehicles were involved. A limousine is considered a commercial vehicle and because of this, receiving compensation can be difficult. In an accident where only the limousine is involved, the fault or negligence of the driver, the limousine company, or the vehicle manufacturer will need to be determined. Passengers rarely wear seat belts making limousine accident injuries potentially more severe i.e. spinal cord injuries, amputations, lacerations, or broken bones.
Negligence of the driver would include:
- Distracted driving
- Speeding or not following rules of the roadway
- Sleep deprivation
- Driving under the influence
Negligence of the limousine company would include:
- Allowing too many passengers
- Improper vehicle maintenance
- Decreased safety features
- Hiring unlicensed or unqualified drivers
Vehicle manufacturer liability:
- Defects that led to the direct outcome of the accident
Steps to take if you have been injured in a limousine accident:
- If your injuries are non-life-threatening and it is safe to get out of the vehicle, do so and document as much as you can. Take photos and record your personal account of the moments leading up to the accident. Identify witnesses and ask for their contact information.
- Seek medical attention.
- Seek legal representation. This will ensure that a thorough investigation of the accident, limo company, and the driver takes place. An experienced personal injury attorney will help you receive the compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured in a limousine accident, contact the Law Offices of Reginald Keith Davis, Attorney at Law, for your free consultation. Licensed in both Kansas and Missouri.