Limos Have Unique Dangers
Hiring a limousine is often done in tandem with a special event, such as a wedding or birthday celebration. People look forward to special events and imagine all the fun they will have. Rarely do individuals consider the risks of a limo ride, but there are dangers that are specific to riding in this type of vehicle.
If you or someone you love sustained injuries during a limo ride in Washington DC or the surrounding area, discuss your rights with an experienced Baltimore personal injury lawyer. When limos crash, passengers can be injured. One of the reasons this is possible is because limo drivers are required to wear safety belts, the limousine passengers are not.
Stretch Limos Are Not Made By Large Auto Manufacturers
Passenger cars are made by large auto manufacturers, but when stretch limos are made a shop is altering an existing vehicle. Doing so allows the vehicle to hold a larger number of passengers, which is why limos are used for larger groups, such as prom couples, bridesmaids parties, or group work outings.
First, a vehicle is purchased. Then, it is brought to shop and chopped in half. Then the middle section is handcrafted from materials such as fiberglass, aluminum, and steel. Teams do work hard to be sure the vehicle will pass road safety guidelines, but the vehicle itself may not carry all of the same safety features it did when it left the auto manufacturer’s assembly line. After all, a lot of alteration has to occur in order for a car to become a limo.
When Hiring a Limo, Ask About Safety
One thing passengers can do is to wear their seatbelts when in a limo. Many riding in a limo sit on the floor or walk around the space, which can result in an injury should a driver make an unexpected turn or stop. If an injury does occur, a Baltimore personal injury lawyer can help secure fair compensation.
Other things you can do to help keep yourself and your party safe:
- Ask the limousine company about their safety record.
- Confirm that all of the drivers hired by the limo company carry a commercial driving license and are familiar with the unique challenges of driving such a large vehicle.
- Be sure the vehicles are well maintained.
It can help to give you peace of mind, and potentially save you from injury, when you ask a driver about safety features before heading out on your ride. Many drivers can point out where fire extinguishers are installed and where any other safety features are located. It is the responsibility of the limo company to keep passengers safe. If a limo driver does not want to talk about safety features, address the issue with the company.
Were you or someone you love injured when riding in a limousine? You need an attorney working for you. Contact the legal team at Iamele & Iamele, LLP to understand your personal injury claim options. Our attorneys successfully secure compensation for individuals who have large healthcare expenses in connection with accidents in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.