Limousines are often a fun way to celebrate life’s important occasions – birthday parties, weddings, proms, or even just a night out on the town. When you hire a limousine, you expect to be transported safely to your destination. Limousine accidents, like any other type of auto accident, can be a stressful experience. The emotional, physical, and financial toll of such an accident can be daunting. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to helping limousine accident victims get the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
An injured passenger can typically sue the limo driver and the limo company if it can be shown that the driver was negligent. To establish negligence, the plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to exercise reasonable care, the defendant breached the duty of care, and the plaintiff suffered harm and incurred damages as a result. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent person would act in the same or similar circumstances. Additionally, an injured passenger may also be able to sue another driver if the limousine driver was not at fault for the accident.
Limousines are considered “common carriers” under Florida laws. A “common carrier” is defined as an individual or company that offers, for money, to transport goods or people. A common carrier owes each passenger a high duty of care, higher than that of an ordinary driver transporting a non-paying passenger. This simply means that common carriers must provide safe means and methods of transportation for their passengers. A common carrier can also be a company that employs drivers, which is why a limousine company could be liable for a driver’s negligence.
Plaintiffs who succeed on a negligence claim may be entitled to recover a wide range of damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, rehabilitation costs, property damage, and more. The exact amount of compensation a plaintiff will be eligible to receive will vary depending on the specific facts of the case.
It is important to note that automobile accidents are subject to a time limit known as the statute of limitations. Under Florida law, an injured victim has four years from the date of the accident to file a claim. Failing to file a lawsuit within this time could mean losing your legal right to be heard altogether. This is why it is crucial to work with an attorney who understands the procedural requirements of Florida personal injury law and will be vigilant about timelines.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a limousine accident, it is important to act in a timely manner. For many years, our Miami car crash attorneys have been helping limousine accident victims seek the compensation they deserve for their harm. Our team has the skill, knowledge, and determination to handle your case. We proudly serve clients throughout South Florida. To learn more, do not hesitate to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.
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