Those involved in limo accidents often suffer catastrophic injuries or worse. Devastatingly, worst-case scenarios result in the death of victims. If you or someone you love has been injured or worse in a limo accident, you know the impacts are ongoing. Limo accidents are usually severe due to the size of the vehicle and the number of passengers riding in it. Those injured are more likely to suffer the type of injury that prevents them from working for some time, or ever again.
While the impacts of a limo accident can be overwhelming, you do have legal recourse. Victims and their families can seek financial remedies from the person or company who caused the accident that resulted in their injuries. The road to recovery is easier when you have attorneys fighting for you.
Should You File a Lawsuit?
When you or a loved one suffers death or injury due to another’s negligence or recklessness, you can bring a lawsuit against that wrongful actor. It might be hard to focus on a lawsuit during such a difficult time, but it’s important you recoup the costs you’re entitled to. Your long-term financial well-being will be severely debilitated due to loss of income and medical expenses if you don’t seek financial restitution now.
Financial compensation that may be available to limo accident victims includes:
- Current and ongoing medical bills
- Present and future loss of income
- Pain and suffering
Calculating the worth of your personal injury claim can be complicated, but we can help.
Determining Limo Accident Liability
Liability can be difficult to determine after a limo accident. Whether you’re a limo passenger or you’re someone who was injured when the limo hit you or your vehicle, there are numerous factors to consider when determining who’s at fault.
The Limo Driver
To start, limo passengers out on the town are owed a standard of care by their limo driver. A limousine is a for-hire vehicle, and under IL law, drivers and the companies that employ the drivers, are held to a higher standard of care. If drivers breach their duty, they can be sued for negligence or recklessness.
The Limo Company
Similarly, the company could be sued if the limo company negligently or recklessly hired an unsafe limo driver. This could be the case if the limo company knew the driver had a substance abuse problem and allowed the driver to continue their employment.
The Limo Manufacturer or Maintenance Provider
There could also be instances where the accident is caused by a manufacturer’s defect or faulty maintenance. If the limo driver or the limo company weren’t responsible for the accident, it’s possible the negligence or recklessness occurred further up the line, in the construction of the limo. Often, faulty airbags, blown tires, or malfunctioning brakes fall into this category of personal injury lawsuits.
In addition to the limo company, the limo driver, the manufacturer, or the limo maintenance company, liability could also apply to the other drivers. If another person on the road caused the limo accident you were injured in, they should be held liable for your injuries.
When to Get Legal Help
The first thing you should do after a limo accident is seek medical care right away. The second thing you should do is speak to an experienced limo accident attorney. When you hire an attorney right away, that attorney can begin the process of determining liability. As with any scenario, the more time that passes between the incident and when you start trying to make an account of the incident, the more gaps there will be in information. An attorney will also take the pressure off you and your family so you can focus on physical and emotional recovery instead of getting hassled by insurance companies.
If you or a loved one has been injured or worse in a limo accident, contact the attorneys at Cullotta Bravo Law Group today. We can help you figure out what your case is worth and help you fight for the compensation you’re entitled to. To learn how we can help you, call us today at (630) 898-7800 or contact us online.