People across the United States hire limousines to add flair and sophistication to special moments in their lives. In the city of Las Vegas, commonly referred to the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” limousines are a common sight. From bachelor or bachelorette parties to weddings to other special events, limousines are everywhere. Unfortunately, accidents happen all the time, and limousines are no exception to this rule.
Most recently, a limousine crash happened in Las Vegas on the heels of the devastating fatal limousine crash in New York that killed 20 people. In October of this year, a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer’s decision to make an illegal U-turn in front of a limousine resulted in both vehicles slamming into a nearby wall. The Las Vegas officer pulled the injured limousine driver from the vehicle before it burst into flames. While in this particular case, the Las Vegas law enforcement officer was at fault for the crash, liability is not so clear in most crashes.
The Nevada limousine accident has consequently brought about numerous questions regarding limousine safety as well as accident liability in general. Additionally, many individuals have no idea what to do if they are injured in a car accident due to the negligence of a limousine driver.
Limousine Safety Concerns
While limousines are fantastic modes of transportation for parties, they are not the safest option for transportation. Because limousines are large, these cars require additional time to come to a complete stop. Consequently, these vehicles also need the quick reactions of a focused driver. Therefore, if a limousine driver is distracted or speeding, an accident can cause fatal results, like the New York tragedy.
Many Las Vegas limousine drivers are often stuck behind the wheel for several hours late at night due to the vibrant nightlife of the city. If limousine drivers are unable to sleep, they become overly fatigued, which in turn prohibits them from safely operating their vehicles. When a limousine driver is overworked, passengers in the vehicle as well as those in other vehicles are put in real danger.
Liability in Las Vegas Limousine Accidents
As in all motor vehicle accidents, liability depends upon the particular facts of the accident at issue. If you have been hurt while riding as a limousine passenger, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against several parties. If you successfully establish liability, you may be awarded monetary compensation to cover several damages you may have incurred including:
Lost past and future wages;
Loss of earning capacity;
Past and future medical expenses; and
Pain and suffering.
Parties that may be held liable in a limousine accident can include the: limousine driver, other at-fault driver, limousine company, limousine manufacturer, and limousine maintenance company.
Personal Injury Help in Las Vegas
If you or someone you know has been injured in a Las Vegas limousine accident, know that you do not need to handle this on your own. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Parry & Pfau will thoroughly investigate your claim. We will file a claim against the negligent parties and negotiate with the automobile insurance company on your behalf. We will develop a litigation strategy so that we can maximize your recovery.
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