When you get into a limo, you should feel safe and free to relax for your night out. But when an accident interrupts your carefree night, it can be disappointing and stressful. Not only is your night out ruined, but you may also be injured from the crash.
It could be the fault of the limo driver or another driver on the road. But regardless of who’s responsible, you’re now hurt because of other people’s negligence. If you or a loved one have been in an accident while riding in a limousine, our lawyers can help assess your injuries and fight for compensation.
Who Can Be at Fault in a Limo Accident?
Limos are public property, so more people are responsible for them. With more people accountable, more people can be at fault. Arizona is an at-fault state so the party responsible for the accident will pay for your damages.
Usually, the insurance provider will decide who is at fault for the accident based on the details of the crash. In addition, Arizona has a pure comparative fault rule that allows the fault to be split between the parties responsible for the crash. However, as a passenger in a limo, the process may be different; your lawyer can go over this with you.
The Limo Driver
The limousine driver is primarily responsible for your safety in the limo. So they may be at fault for the accident, whether their fault is due to being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, or engaging in reckless driving.
When limo drivers are hired they agree to provide a duty of care that provides a safe environment for their passengers, which includes following the law. When drivers break this agreement, they are putting themselves and their passengers at risk, which can make them responsible for the accident.
The Limo Company
The limousine company may be at fault if it’s overworking the driver, failing to provide proper training, or permitting the driver to carry more than the allowed passenger amount. Overworking drivers leads to exhaustion, improper training can lead to driver error, and an overloaded limo can cause distractions, all of which can result in an accident at the fault of the limousine company.
As a society, we hold limo companies to high standards because we are paying for a service that we expect to be luxurious. But when the companies that promise this break the rules, they need to be held accountable. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s hours of service regulations, limo drivers can only drive for 10 hours.
If your lawyer finds that the company overworked the driver that caused the crash, it could be responsible for the accident.
Mechanics Who Service the Limousine
If a limo company sends its limos outside of the company to mechanics for servicing, those mechanics could be fully or partially at fault for the accident. If the mechanic didn’t fix a problem, installed a faulty part, or skipped a regular inspection, they may be responsible for the accident.
Mechanics should have proper training and education about the limos they’re repairing. If they make a mistake when servicing the limo that contributes to the accident, we will hold them accountable. If we prove that they knew about a problem with the limo but ignored it, this can be evidence that can help your case.
If another driver on the road hit the limousine, they may be partially or fully at fault. Sometimes other drivers on the road don’t have experience driving next to limos, or they underestimate the limo’s size, leading to an accident.
Every time any driver gets into their car, they are responsible for their own safety and others on the road. When they engage in unsafe driving habits like texting or drinking while driving, they put everyone at risk.
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When Should I Contact a Limo Accident Lawyer?
You should contact a limousine accident lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. The sooner you file your limo accident personal injury claim, the better. When you file your claim shortly after the accident occurs, this can help you remember what happened in the accident, which increases your chances of winning your case and the amount of compensation you may receive.
To see if your case is eligible for compensation, you can have one of our lawyers review it for free. Then, when we receive your claim and verify that it is a valid case, our team of lawyers will be in touch with you within 24 hours to start working on your case.
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What Evidence Is Useful in a Limo Crash?
An accident report is good evidence because it includes the police officer’s observations and contains details of the accident. The observations of a police officer can be helpful because they can provide information based on their years of professional experience. Getting different perspectives and opinions on the accident can help form a better picture of the accident.
Photos and videos are another great piece of evidence. When you’re driving a vehicle and get into an accident, it’s unlikely to get evidence of the moment of the crash. But when you’re a passenger in a limo, you may be taking photos and videos. If your camera caught the moment of the crash, while it may be a traumatic video to watch, it could serve as valuable evidence to build your case.
These two pieces of evidence are good to have, and our limousine lawyers can help you identify even more forms of evidence that can strengthen your case. These could include professionals like accident reconstructionists. Accident reconstructionists examine the details of the crash to create an animation of the crash to demonstrate the accident in 3D clearly.
What Damages Can I Recover From a Limo Accident?
If you were out for a special night in a limo, but instead you got into an accident, you may be able to recover some damages. While you weren’t planning on having medical bills when you planned your night out, compensation can help you pay necessary expenses. Based on your case, you may be able to recover damages such as:
- Loss of income
- Current and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Loss of a limb
- Loss of quality of life
Our lawyers may be able to find additional damages you are eligible for after reviewing your case. Limo accident cases are unique cases that can have hidden damages that insurance or limo companies may not want you to know about, but we’ll find them.
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If a limo crashed and interrupted your night out, we understand your pain and disappointment. At Zanes Law, we work to get the outcome you deserve to make up for your injuries and other losses.
We are dedicated to helping you recover from your limo accident, and we get results. Call us or fill out the form on our contact us page to start your free consultation and work toward getting the settlement you deserve.