When you hire a limo to drive you somewhere, you pay to expect that the driver will take the utmost care and caution to get you to your place safely and on time. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
When limo drivers speed, drive carelessly, drink and drive or text at the wheel, they risk the lives of all their passengers.
In addition, limo drivers need to be extra cautions when making turns and should not make u-turns as they are especially dangerous in the extra long car. The length of the car makes it harder for drivers to see them when turning, especially at night, and other drivers also tend to underestimate the time it takes the limo to finish a turn. Limos are also rear-ended more often than other vehicles because they cannot come to a stop as quickly as smaller cars.
If you are injured in a limo accident, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. As with any car accident, these injuries don’t always seem serious at the scene, and some injuries take a few days to fully manifest themselves.
Notify the police and make sure a report is made. If you are able to, get names of any witnesses and take pictures of the accident scene, any vehicles involved as well as any injuries you have. It is important to take pictures of your injuries soon after the accident, so they can be seen before they beg
If you are involved in an accident while in a limo, you are entitled to no-fault benefits, just as you would be in any other car accident. This covers your medical bills and any lost wages under the limo insurance’s policy. The driver is not entitled to no-fault if he was working at the time, instead he is entitled to Worker’s Compensation Benefits.
However if you are seriously injured in a limo accident, you have the right to sue beyond the limitations of no-fault. “Serious injury” is strictly and specifically defined by New York State law and if you meet the threshold, you can sue beyond the limitations of no-fault. This allows you to collect for pain and suffering (which is not covered under no-fault) damages as well as the ability to collect above the limits of no-fault.
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a limo accident, our lawyers can help ensure you get the justice you deserve. We have helped clients fight insurance companies and get the maximum compensation they deserve for car accident injuries.
Our limousine car accident lawyers work to determine all parties at fault. We work with top-notch investigators and medical experts to present the best case possible and help you get the full compensation you deserve.
Contact us for a free consultation and we will answer all your questions, discuss your legal options and detail the best course of action for you to take.