If the driver of a limousine engaged in reckless behavior, injuring you as a passenger or as the driver of another vehicle, you may be able to seek damages for your pain, suffering, emotional trauma, medical bills, and lost wages while you recover.
For help with your case, including in negotiations with the insurance company for the negligent driver or the company that owns the vehicle, consider speaking with a Biloxi limousine accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law office. We are ready to stand by your side throughout the claims process. For a free case review, call us today at (228) 357-9621.
Determining Who Is Liable in a Limousine Accident Case
After you have suffered an injury in a car accident with this type of vehicle, it is sometimes difficult to understand who should be held liable for your injuries in a personal injury case. To start, it helps to understand how the City of Biloxi defines the use of a limousine:
- For-hire service: A limousine is a vehicle that transports passengers on a pre-arranged basis, which differs from a taxi.
- Passenger numbers: A limousine should transport no more than 15 passengers, including the driver.
- Luxury bus: A limousine classified as a luxury bus can transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver.
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Classifying a Limousine
Biloxi also defines a limousine service as a business that utilizes these types of vehicles to transport passengers who have hired the service. Passengers cannot flag down a limousine for a ride, as they would with a taxi. They must pre-arrange to hire the limo.
The limousine service cannot operate with a meter, like a taxi. The service and those who hire it must agree on a preset fee.
Once you have determined that the vehicle that caused the accident and your injuries fit the definition of a limousine, you can have a better understanding of which parties could be liable.
Seeking Help with Your Case
If you need help determining which party should be held liable for your injuries or pursuing your compensation, you can hire a Biloxi limousine accident lawyer with our firm. The team at the Morris Bart law office takes on collisions involving limousines, and we know what kinds of rules these vehicles must follow.
We take pride in our ability to help accident victims stand up to the insurers who mistreat them. Contact us as soon as possible at (228) 357-9621 for a free consultation.
Factors in a Limousine Accident
To determine which parties should be liable for your injuries in an accident with a limousine, your lawyer will study the accident report and the other facts in the case. By looking at what caused the crash, we can have a better idea of which party made an error that led to the incident.
Errors from the Driver
There are multiple ways the driver of a limousine could be found liable in a crash:
- Intoxicated driving: Mississippi Code §63-11-30 states that a person operating a commercial motor vehicle must maintain a blood alcohol content (BAC) level below 0.04%, which is lower than the 0.08% BAC limit for a typical driver.
- Violating traffic laws: A limo driver who speeds, ignores a stoplight, changes lanes recklessly, or fails to yield the right of way and causes an accident may receive a traffic ticket. A ticket can offer a clear sign of negligent behavior.
- Distracted driving: A limo driver who was using a smartphone to text just before the crash could be in violation of Mississippi’s distracted driving laws, constituting negligence.
- Overcrowding: The limousine driver may not follow the rules for passenger limits in his or her vehicle, negligently placing both the passengers and other cars on the road in danger.
Errors from the Limousine Company
In some cases, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the company that owns the limousine or that hired the driver. Reasons you may do so include if there is evidence of:
- Improper maintenance. A limousine company may not care for the vehicle properly and skip important maintenance, such as failing to replace the brake pads as often as the vehicle manufacturer suggests.
- Inadequate training. The limo company may not hire a driver with experience or provide the driver with adequate training for the type of vehicle they will be operating.
- Lack of licensing. The limousine service may not have the proper permits or licenses to operate in the State of Mississippi.
Seeking the Compensation that Reflects Your Long-Term Outlook
When negotiating with an insurance company regarding your compensation, you may find that the insurer is unwilling to pay out the level of damages you were expecting. Insurance companies may not value your injuries and losses accurately, seeking to offer the lowest settlement possible.
To protect your right to receive an award that takes all of your current and future damages into account, consider hiring a Biloxi limousine accident lawyer from our firm. We will study the facts in the accident as well as your medical report, determining what kind of medical care you may require going forward.
At the Morris Bart law office, we have seen far too often how insurance companies treat victims in accident cases regarding a limousine or party bus. Contact us for a free review of your case at (228) 357-9621 as soon as possible. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not require payment upfront to secure our services. We only get paid if and when we win your case.
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