Tampa Limousine Accidents
Renting a limousine is often done to celebrate an event such as prom, a wedding, a birthday, or a graduation. However, limos are not without their risks. Just like cars and trucks, they can get into an accident and cause serious injuries.
Limousine accidents can be caused by the chauffeur or a reckless driver. Limos are long and heavy, which can result in substantial damage in a crash.
Passengers in a limousine are often focused on drinking alcohol and partying. Plus, they may not be wearing seatbelts. These two factors combined can make an accident more dangerous than it should be. If you have been injured in a limo crash, don’t delay. Contact the Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson today.
Causes of Limousine Accidents
Just like regular car accidents, limousine accidents can happen in a variety of ways, including the following:
Distracted driving. Distracted driving is a huge problem for all motorists—even limo drivers. They may use their phone or engage in other distracting habits while driving, such as reading, changing radio stations, eating, and grooming.
Driver error. Driver error can happen by the limo driver and is a common cause of accidents. This category includes speeding, not checking blind spots, being confused, and not stopping at stop signs or traffic signals.
Driver fatigue. Limo drivers have demanding schedules and often work long hours. Although there are laws limiting hours, many chauffeurs are still behind the wheel even when they are extremely tired. This can cause them to lose focus while on the road.
Driving under the influence. It is illegal in Florida and the other 49 states to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That’s because these substances can impact judgment and reaction times, making accidents more likely to happen.
Who Is Responsible for a Limousine Accident?
There are several parties that could be liable for a limo crash:
Limousine driver. If a limo driver is negligent and causes a crash, they can be held liable. Common forms of negligence include speeding, reckless driving, and distracted driving.
Drivers of other cars. Sometimes other drivers cause collisions with limos. The drivers of the other cars involved in the limo crash might be at fault.
Limousine company. A limo company can be held liable if poor maintenance or hiring unqualified drivers led to the crash.
Manufacturer of the limousine. A limo manufacturer can be held liable if a defect led to the accident.
Contact Us Today
Riding in a limousine can be fun, but a good time can turn deadly in an instant. If you have been seriously injured in a limousine accident, seek legal help right away.
Having an experienced lawyer on your side is imperative. The Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson can help you move on after a limousine crash. We can argue against the limo driver’s insurance company. Call 813-251-0072 or fill out the online form to schedule a free consultation.