A limo accident can have devastating effects, both physically and psychologically. What started out as a fun adventure can quickly turn into a tragedy that affects passengers, pedestrians, and other motorists. If you have been injured in a limo accident, here are some of the most common causes, as well as how each may affect your ability to file a claim.
Reason #1 – A Lack of Safety Features
Given the size and structure of limos, most people assume that there are added safety features built in. While this is typically the case, there have been instances of limo companies removing key safety features. In fact, one such instance led to the deaths of four women in New York. Negligent operators will often strip key safety features so that the vehicle can carry more people or move faster. This is illegal, and if you can prove that the limo you were riding in was lacking certain safety features, you have legal grounds for filing a claim.
Reason #2 – Poor Driver Education
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established certain guidelines that all limo drivers must follow. Unfortunately, poor training is prevalent in the industry and many drivers never develop the proper skills needed to safely operate a limo. Others fail to follow the FMCSA’s guidelines. Both can have serious, and sometimes even fatal, consequences.
Reason #3 – Driver Impairment
Drunk driving is already a major problem in the United States. It’s an even bigger problem when the driver also happens to be transporting passengers. A responsible operator will never allow an impaired driver to get behind the wheel. If your limo accident was caused as a result of your driver being intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance, it is important to contact a Personal Injury Attorney Port St. Lucie as quickly as possible.
Reason #4 – Other Driving Issues
The same issues that affect you when you’re driving can also affect a limo driver. Distractions, such as loud music or texting while driving, can lead to an accident. So too can fatigue. On busy weekends and during major events, many limo drivers work longer hours than they are legally allowed to work, which can result in tragedy. If you see that your driver is drowsy or otherwise distracted, contact the limo company and request another driver. If you have, unknowingly, entered a limo with a tired or distracted driver, document your experience as best as you can by taking pictures and/or videos to substantiate your claim.
Filing Your Claim
Gathering evidence is the first step in filing a claim after a limo accident. And since limo companies are required to install cameras so they can oversee both their drivers and passengers, the process is not always as difficult as it might seem, especially if there are also witnesses who can be called upon.
The personal injury attorneys at Fetterman & Associates are well versed in handling the in’s and out’s of limo accidents. If you or someone you love was recently involved in a limo accident, contact us today at (561) 693-3872 to discuss the circumstances surrounding your accident, as well as your potential legal options.