New Yorkers hire limousines to mark special occasions, to add a classy touch to an event or get-together. When you enter a limo, you are putting your well-being into the hands of the limo company and driver. While most limo companies adhere to the safety regulations imposed on them, some put their customers in harm’s way by breaking these rules. Due to the large size of limos and the large number of passengers they can contain, the accidents involving these vehicles can be devastating.
The skilled New York City car accident lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, have a long and successful record of helping victims and their families acquire compensation for all their losses. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a limo, we are here to help. Contact us today to get more information about pursuing the justice you deserve.
Limo rides are fun. But limos are far from the safest option when it comes to transportation. Due to the large size of the vehicles (especially SUV models), they require extra time and distance to stop. Many limos do not have seat belts for passengers. If a limo driver is speeding, distracted, or acting in a negligent manner, it can easily lead to a horrific accident.
Since New York has a vibrant and exciting night life, limo drivers can be behind the wheel for hours at a time. If they haven’t been allowed to rest, drivers may experience fatigue, slowing their reaction times and distracting them. This can result in accidents that put passengers and other motor vehicle drivers in great danger.
Like any motor vehicle accident, liability in a limo accident is determined by factors in each individual case. But one thing is certain: the passengers are never to blame. If you have been seriously injured in a limo accident, you have the right to file a personal injury claim. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, different parties may be liable. Those include:
- The limo driver - If the driver of the limo was reckless or negligent and that resulted in an accident, the driver can be held legally responsible. Aggressive driving, breaking traffic laws, or being unqualified to drive a limo all may count as negligence.
- Another driver – Another vehicle may force the limo off the road, or crash into it. Then you are intitled to pursue legal action against that individual.
- The limo company - Companies may cut safety regulations, or not hire qualified drivers, and this can lead to incidents that put their customers at risk.
- The limousine manufacturer – Sometimes, manufacturers make errors in the assembly of a vehicle, or in specific parts of the vehicle. You have the right to peruse compensation from the limousine manufacturer if their negligence caused an accident.
- The maintenance company – Imagine a tire blows out on the limo, causing it to veer right and strike a traffic pole. If an investigation finds that the maintenance company neglected to replace the old tires, the party responsible for the maintenance of the vehicle may be held liable in court.
Every licensed car service in New York City is required by law to carry a minimum of $100,000 liability coverage for each individual passenger and $300,000 for groups. If more than one person is injured, the group would have to split up the $300,000 between all the members. However, private, unlicensed limo services in New York City do not abide by this requirement. These limos only have a minimum liability coverage requirement of $25,000 for individuals and $50,000 for groups.
In many cases, this amount of insurance coverage is not enough to compensate everyone harmed in a limo accident. That is why having an experienced limo accident attorney is key to receiving the compensation that you are entitled too. Don’t be shortchanged by insurance companies when you have other options.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a New York City limo accident, you can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, pain and suffering, and emotional trauma.
The accomplished New York City personal injury attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, are ready to battle for your interests. We understand the challenges accident victims must deal with. Our attorneys work vigorously to help injured clients receive just compensation for all their significant losses. Please contact us at (212) 986-7353 for a free, no-obligation consultation.