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Limousine Accident Lawsuit

limo crashDozens of taxi and limousine accidents resulting in serious injury or death occur in New York each year, according to the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission.

The Long Island personal injury attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye help victims recover compensation for their losses, call attention to troubling transportation safety issues, and move forward in spite of personal tragedy knowing that negligent parties have been held accountable.

Limousine accident on Long Island: Who can sue?

Plaintiffs in Long Island limousine accident cases may include:

  • Accident survivors
  • Parents of accident victims
  • Spouses of accident victims
  • Children of accident victims

Damages awarded in limo accident lawsuits may include:

  • Past, present and future medical expenses, the cost of ongoing therapy and disability-related expenses
  • Lost past, present and future income or diminished earning capacity
  • Intangible losses like emotional pain & suffering, loss of consortium, loss of companionship, or loss of guidance
  • Wrongful death and funeral expenses

Liability for limousine crash

Limousine companies owe an assumed “duty of care” to all passengers that says:

  • Drivers are adequately licensed and insured, trained in safe vehicle operation, and not overscheduled
  • Vehicles are properly inspected and maintained in accordance with the law
  • The fleet of limos is covered by at least the minimum required public liability insurance

Limousine companies are typically held liable for injuries or deaths of passengers, as long as the limo driver was acting in accordance with standard operating procedure.

However, we often see cases where insurance providers (even in no-fault states) attempt to dodge responsibility for paying these claims, arguing that the limousine company should instead pay out-of-pocket. For instance, in one case, the insurer balked at paying when a Minnesota limo driver operating without valid license and insurance got into a serious accident, causing multiple injuries.

There are also cases where the limo company denies all accountability – like in the accident that killed “20/20” reporter Bill Simon in New York City. They claimed his failure to wear a seatbelt made him responsible for his own injuries.

In other cases, a limo driver may be sued independently if he was engaging in risky behavior like using drugs or drinking and driving, speeding, failing to yield right of way, falling asleep at the wheel, or texting and driving.

Other motorists can also be charged in a limo accident if their negligence contribute to the crash in any way. Given the complexity of such claims, it is not uncommon for multiple parties to be assigned some fault.

Limo crash causes

Unique factors that may contribute to limousine crashes include:

  • The length of the limousine
  • Visibility problems and blind spots
  • Limited use of safety restraints
  • Distraction from rowdy passengers
  • The need for highly trained drivers

What to do after a limousine accident

After calling 9-1-1 and attempting first aid if possible, victims should report the accident to the police. Information such as the date, time, weather conditions, location, and direction of travel will be important to investigators. Photographs of the accident scene and injuries will also be helpful in the court of law. If you were injured, be sure to keep all your medical bills, receipts, and records together in a folder for future reference.

New York is a “no-fault” insurance state, meaning that insurance companies of drivers are expected to pay up to $50,000 for accident-related medical expenses, lost wages for up to three years, and incidental costs of all passengers, no matter who is at fault. However, this amount is often extraordinarily low considering the cost of medical bills and the emotional pain and suffering people face from these accidents. Many limo accident victims who meet the conditions of the “serious injury threshold” opt to file a personal injury lawsuit to pursue maximum compensation. In New York State, you have up to three years following the accident to make your claim.

Limo accident news

One of the most highly publicized local limo accidents took place on July 18, 2015, when four young women were killed and four others injured during a tour of local wineries. The driver of a pickup truck was allegedly intoxicated at the time and fled the scene on foot, but was later apprehended by the police and charged with D.W.I. The limo driver had been making a risky U-turn on a rural road at the time of the crash. The truck hit the limo with such force it was sliced in half.

One of the survivors, 24-year-old Olga Lipets, filed a lawsuit against the limousine company and its intoxicated driver – who was charged with criminally negligent homicide, assault, reckless driving and failure to yield right of way. Eight months after the accident, Lipets was still recovering from having her jaw wired shut, severe leg fractures, and the psychological trauma of losing four good friends in the tragic accident.

Limousine accident lawyers Long Island

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye assist limousine crash victims sue for just compensation. While we cannot guarantee outcomes, we can point out a successful track record with motor vehicle accidents, including a $2.5 million award in a wrongful death lawsuit involving a drunk driver and a $915,000 award in a lawsuit where plaintiff sustained multiple broken bones requiring surgery. We fight hard for victims who are still recovering from the physical and emotional damages of an unexpected accident with our extensive team of medical experts, crash reconstructionists, paralegals, and expert attorneys.

Call 1-800-469-7429 any time, day or night, for immediate assistance during a free and confidential case review.

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