Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Apr 14, 2015 in Car Accident News
When you are involved in an accident involving a limousine service, the company will be ready and willing to fight a personal injury claim. It is vital that you know your rights and contact a qualified personal injury attorney so that you can recover the damages you are due.
Types of Limousine Accidents
There are two basic types of accidents involving limousines: when the limo hits you, and when you are a passenger in the limo and it is hit or hits another car. If the limo strikes you, you will need to prove that the driver was negligent in his basic duty of care to others on the road.
If you are a passenger in a limo and the car is struck or strikes another, you will need to determine which driver was at fault before you can move forward on a case. In some cases, both drivers may be at fault, but as a passenger, you are certainly the victim.
There are many liability issues that come into play with a limousine accident, and your Las Vegas personal injury lawyer should explore any and all avenues. These can include:
· Distracted driving, where the operator is using a cell phone or mobile device, eating or drinking or is otherwise not paying full attention to the road;
· Tired driving, where the driver is too fatigued to be safely behind the wheel --surprisingly, this is the cause of nearly one fifth of all serious collisions;
· Drunk driving, perhaps the most well-known and unforgivable of all driver offenses; and
· Poor job screening: the company has a duty to properly screen its job candidates and when screening procedures are inadequate, the company can be liable for accidents.
The next step in building your case is to gather evidence. Many people are unaware that limo companies are required by law to have cameras in place to record both passengers and drivers. These cameras can be very important to your accident case.
Taking down the names and contact info of all witnesses is also vital. Never count on the limo driver to handle this -- after all, they are the ones who might be liable! Take photos of the accident scene and get checked out by a doctor. If you can, call the police to come to the scene and make a report. All of these may provide crucial evidence.
Problems You May Face After a Limousine Accident
Not every accident is cut and dry. If, for example, there are two vehicles and both drivers are partially at fault, insurance companies can sometimes battle it out, causing long delays in a settlement. Likewise, if there are multiple passengers, the total amount of damages could potentially exceed the insurance coverage available.
This is why it is important that you have good representation by a qualified injury attorney. A Nevada attorney will fight for your rights and make sure that you get the money you deserve so that you can recover and get back on your feet. If you have been in a limo accident and need representation, call us today.