Injuries to Passengers of Limos and Party Buses
Nothing says "party" like hanging out the sunroof of a limousine on the way to senior prom, or hopping on a party bus filled with your closest friends and family on the way to your wedding reception. Cruising in style on a gaudy, brightly-lit vehicle with a mini fridge inside the cabin is undoubtedly fun, but it can also end in serious tragedy through no fault of your own. If you or a loved one has been injured while riding as a passenger in a limo or party bus, contact the Cambridge firm of Altman & Altman LLP today.
Limousine and party bus operators have an added burden of responsibility to drive safely and ensure that they aren't distracted, impaired or otherwise hampered from focusing their full attention on getting their occupants safely from Point A to Point B, so in the instances where they take this responsibility for granted and cause injuries or worse, we will hold them accountable.What Could be Grounds for a Successful Suit?
If a limo or party bus crashes, there are likely a few different potential avenues to pursue a claim for damages, including:The Driver
Drivers employed by limo companies are entrusted with the lives of their clients. Should they take this responsibility lightly, it can cause life-altering damage or even death. This means that the driver could be held liable for any injuries that occur following a wreck if they demonstrated any type of negligence behind the wheel prior the accident, such as:
- Texting while driving or other forms of distracted driving;
- Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of other mind-altering substances;
- Engaging in reckless driving activities, such as excessive speeding, running red lights or stop signs, refusal to yield, brake checking, failure to use turn signals and lane violations;
- Falling asleep behind the wheel
Limo companies and establishments that rent party buses have a responsibility to ensure they are employing drivers who have demonstrated safe driving tendencies, do not have excessive motor vehicle infractions on their record and do not have a record of breaking the law. They also have a responsibility to not overwork their employees to a state of exhaustion, which can cause an accident.
Other types of actions that could render a limo company liable may include:
- Failing to properly inspect their vehicles in a responsible and timely manner, which could result in a mechanical failure on the road and subsequent injuries;
- Failing to employ competent drivers or failure to provide drivers with adequate training on safe driving techniques and driving multiple passengers. Additionally, not providing background checks on employees who may have history of drunk driving or other similar offenses.
Of course, the only way to truly know who may be liable for the injuries caused in a limousine or party bus accident is to hire an expert personal injury attorney who can go over the details of the case and assess who was at fault. The professional personal injury attorneys at Altman & Altman LLP have over 50 years of experience working with clients who have been injured in these types of cases, and we can provide you with the best chance to earn financial compensation for your pain and suffering.
Victims of the immediate accident are not the only ones who may be able to pursue a claim, as family members, such as parents, spouses and children may also pursue a claim on a victim's behalf, especially if it resulted in a wrongful death.
Money received from successful suits can pay for medical bills related to your recovery, final expenses for wrongful deaths and help recover money lost from being unable to work following the accident. The only way to know for sure if you have a good case is to call for a free consultation today.
Contact us online or call to go over the details of your case at 617-492-3000 or toll-free at 800-481-6199. We are available 24/7.