Understanding Limousines and Party Bus Accidents
Limousines and party buses are vehicles, driven by professional chauffeurs, often hired during special events, most commonly weddings, proms, bachelor parties, sweet sixteen parties and quinceañeras or by business professionals and visitors to Southern California. Passenger carrier companies and drivers must abide by strict safety standards. Failure to do so will result in liability if an accident or injuries to passengers occur.
Special Equipment and Safety Announcement Requirements
In the fall of 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a new safety requirement for limousines. Taking effect July 1, 2015, all new limousines are required to have more exits in the passenger compartment, with an extra door and push out window. It also requires limousine operators to brief passengers on safety features at the start of the trip. Existing limousines have until January 1, 2016 to conform the vehicles to the requirements of the law. This law was passed as a result of a horrific limousine accident that killed five women on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Common Causes of Limousine or Party Bus Accident
Limousine and party bus operators must exercise the utmost care when occupants are on board and provide vehicles in a condition that is safe and fit for carrying passengers. Limousine and party bus accidents are commonly caused by the following:
- Aggressive driving;
- Driver fatigue;
- Driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Improper or lack of maintenance;
- Negligent hiring practices or training by the limousine or party bus company;
- Overcrowding of limousines or party buses; and
- Speeding or unsafe driving.
Common Injuries in Limousine or Party Bus Crashes
Passengers involved in limousine or party bus crashes are often subject to severe injuries. In addition to the high potential for fatalities, passenger injuries include:
- Amputations and severed limbs;
- Back injuries;
- Facial lacerations;
- Fractured bones;
- Head trauma;
- Neck injuries;
- Separated shoulders; and
- Spinal cord injuries.
Compensation for Injured Passengers
Limousine and party bus passengers are entitled to compensation for their injuries. They include medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, and mental anguish.
Contact a Limousine or Party Bus Crash Attorney Today
Our experienced California personal injury lawyers understand that if you or a loved one has been a victim of a limousine or party bus accident, the limousine or party bus operators should be held liable for injuries caused to others for negligence. If you have been injured in the Orange County, Inland Empire, or Los Angeles area, you should find an experienced attorney right away that can handle this matter for you. Call the Law Offices of Brian Brandt at 800.983.4467 or visit us online to speak with an attorney and request a free initial consultation.