When you decide to let someone else do the driving, it’s often because you want to be able to relax and leave the transportation in someone else’s hands. Maybe you’re headed to a gala event and want to be able to enjoy a few glasses of champagne, or perhaps you just want to be free to talk and laugh with friends on a road trip without the risks associated with distracted driving. You may be calling on a limo service to get you to the airport on time and avoid leaving your car in long-term parking, or you may be hiring a stretch limo to add some glitz and glamour to your outing.
Regardless of your reason for calling a limousine service, you have certain expectations when you hire a car service. You’re putting your safety in the hands of both the driver and the company, and paying for the privilege.
Despite regulation of the livery industry, New York City and the surrounding area has seen its share of serious limousine and other hired car accidents. For example:
Though these three limousine accidents were high-profile, local, and relatively recent, there is nothing new or unusual about serious limousine accidents. It’s been 20 years since the Detroit Redwings’ Stanley Cup celebration was cut short when their star defenseman and two others were seriously injured in a limo crash.
In any car accident case, the suspicion of negligence generally falls first on the drivers of the vehicles involved. Limousine accidents are no exception. Though the drivers are professionals entrusted with passenger safety, they are no less likely to get fatigued, become distracted, or otherwise act negligently on the road. Liability may also lie, at least in part, with another driver. In the case of the four young women who lost their lives on Long Island, the truck driver who hit the limo had been drinking at the time of the accident.
Other parties who may share liability include:
Experienced New York limousine accident attorneys like those at Dansker & Aspromonte can help you pursue the compensation you deserve after a limousine accident. If you’ve been injured, call 212-732-2929 or fill out the form on this page to schedule a free consultation. You don’t have to fight this battle alone.