Limousines are often used to transport a large group of people to and from special occasions such as proms, weddings and birthday parties. Limo accidents can change a person’s life in an instant. In many cases, limo accidents lead to death. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a limo accident cause by a limo driver’s negligence, our Miami injury attorneys can help you build a solid case so you can recover the compensation you are rightfully owed for your harm.
Earlier this month, 20 people died in a limousine crash as they headed to a birthday celebration in New York. Among the deceased were four sisters, other relatives and friends. The accident occurred when the limo ran a stop sign and crashed into the parked SUV outside a store, killing all 18 people inside the vehicle, including the driver and two pedestrians on the road. It was later discovered that the limousine operating company had been cited with a variety of safety violations, and had failed an inspection. In fact, the vehicle had been declared “unserviceable” last month. In addition, the limo driver did not have the commercial license the law requires.
Liability in Florida Limo Accidents
While the incident took place in New York, limousine accidents also lead to devastating injuries in Florida. As a limousine passenger, you may have special legal protections. There are complex rules and regulations that pertain to the operation of limousines, which are considered “common carriers” under Florida law. A common carrier is defined as an individual or company that offers transportation of people or goods for money. A common carrier is held to an extremely high standard and is required to provide safe means of transportation passengers.
If you have been injured in a limo accident, you may be able to recover compensation through a negligence claim. Negligence takes place when a limo driver fails to adhere to the standard of care that a reasonably prudent limo driver would have used under the same or similar circumstances. It is important to note that a limousine company may also be liable for a limo driver’s negligence.
Recovering Damages After Florida Limo Accident
If you were involved in a limousine accident, you may have the right to seek both economic and non-economic damages for your harm. Economic damages refer to objective costs that may be calculated from documents or records after an accident such as medical expenses (past and future), lost wages (past and future) and property damage. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are things like pain and suffering, emotional distress and other intangible losses.
Seasoned Florida Limo Accident Attorney
Limo drivers and operators have an obligation to drive in a safe manner. If you have been injured in a limo accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to holding negligent parties accountable for the harm that they cause. These cases can be very complicated, and having the right attorney on your side can make all the difference in your case. For more information about your legal rights and options, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online.
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