Riding In a Limousine Can Be Risky
When people decide to ride in a limo, it is usually to celebrate a special occasion. Some events that groups hire limos for include birthdays, graduations, and weddings. As you plan special events, you typically focus on the fun everyone will have, but the truth is there are risks to riding in limousines. These luxury vehicles have specific dangers.
Did you sustain injuries when riding in a limo? Talk to a Bucks County personal injury lawyer about your rights. While it is a requirement for limousine drivers to wear seatbelts, there are no rules for passenger safety belt use. Injuries are possible in all moving vehicles.
How Stretch Limos Are Created
The way limousines are manufactured is different from how passenger cars are made. The car companies you are familiar with are typically not the ones producing these luxury vehicles. In most situations, a stretch limo is made by cutting a vehicle in half and adding a section in the middle.
Not all of the safety features within a car manufactured by a large auto manufacturer remain after a limo is made. For example, airbags and accessible exits are required by federal standards for passenger vehicles. These items could be altered or removed when a limo is created.
To stay safe, it is recommended riders wear a seatbelt in a limo. While this is standard behavior in other vehicles, many having fun in limos move around while the vehicle is in motion or sit on the floor rather than a seat. If you are not wearing a seatbelt and the limo stops abruptly or is involved in an accident, you could be injured.
Look Into a Company’s Safety Record
Driving a limo comes with challenges that are not present when driving a passenger car. This is because the size and length is so much different. Plus, the modification that took place when the limo was made could mean the tires and breaks have been altered, which can change the weight and feel of the vehicle. Take some steps to investigate safety records.
Things you can do when deciding to hire a limo:
- Look into the safety history record of the limo company
- Be sure the drivers hired by the company have the correct commercial driving license
- Ask about the condition and maintenance of the vehicles
If you do decide to hire a limo, ask about safety features before starting out on your outing. Your driver should share where fire extinguishers are placed, where seat belts are located, and if airbags are present. Also, ask if there are any safety features limo passengers should know should an accident occur. After all, the limo company and driver are responsible for passenger safety.
Did you sustain an injury during a limo ride? Talk to the attorneys at Kardos, Rickles & Hand. Our attorneys know how to secure the maximum settlement amount possible. Car crashes happen every day. When they happen to you, it is essential you have a lawyer fighting for your rights. Reach out today, call 215-968-6602.