Attorneys For Limousine Accidents In And Around Chicago, IL
Vehicle accidents involving limousines are often the result of the negligent driving by the limo chauffeur. Usually, limousine accidents can be catastrophic and leave the victim with permanent injuries due to the physical weight and size of the vehicle. Many times, accident victims require immediate emergency room attention.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represents passengers and motorists injured in Chicago motor vehicle accidents involving limousines. If you suffered injuries in a collision with a limo, we encourage you to discuss your circumstance with an attorney who can explain your legal options without any cost or obligation to you. Complete our online form, and an attorney will be in contact with you within 24-hours.
Passengers Expectation Of Reasonable Care By Limo Drivers
The large Chicago metropolitan area roadways are often filled with “for hire vehicles” including chauffeured limousines. Passengers riding in a limousine expect to be treated with “reasonable care, provided by the limo service in their capacity to drive safely and out of harm’s way when transporting customers around Chicago and the suburbs.
However, the duty of a limousine service to provide reasonable care can be breached when an accident occurs and causes severe injuries including broken bones, brain trauma, lacerations, and other life-threatening conditions. Because of their breach of duty, the limousine service, driver, and insurance carrier can be held liable. Passengers suffering physical or emotional trauma caused by an accident and the neglectful action of the driver can file a claim or lawsuit for financial recompense.
Other Motorists and Pedestrians Involved In Collisions With Liveries
Because a state of Illinois regulated limousine service is a common carrier, the company owes the community a heightened level of care beyond normal. Because of the length, width, and weight of a limousine, limo companies are expected to hire the best drivers that are fully trained to handle the equipment through any road issues or weather conditions. Often, limousine drivers make an error in judgment when driving, and cause catastrophic accidents involving other motorists (visit page), bicyclists (visit page) and pedestrians (visit page).
In some incidences, when too many people are riding inside the limousine, the extra weight can cause an unstable hazard while moving. When a limousine service puts their profits ahead of customer safety, it places passengers, other motorists, and pedestrians at risk because the vehicle is too heavy making it difficult to maneuver and stop safely.
Legal Liability Of Driver And Limousine Company To People Injured In Accidents
The limousine company and driver are licensed as a common carrier by the state of Illinois and must follow specific rules of operation. The limo service and driver are required to provide the utmost diligence and care when providing safe carriage for every passenger. Also, the vehicle must be adequately maintained to ensure maximum safety at all times. When the company or driver fails to exercise the utmost safety, diligence, and care, they might be financially responsible and legally liable for every personal injury and damage proximately caused by their breach of duties.
The owner of the limousine service is often held liable, even if it is only the driver at fault for actually causing the accident. In fact, the limo owner may also be legally responsible if it can be proved they hired unqualified drivers or did not provide proper training for the driver operating the limousine.
Financial Compensation Available To Those Injured In A Chicago Limo Accident
A limousine accident lawyer may be able to build a solid case for passengers, other motorist, bicyclists and pedestrians involved in a limo crash. By gathering evidence, speaking to witnesses, and developing a claim against the insurance carrier of the limo company, victims of the crash could be compensated for a variety of expenses that include:
- Ongoing Medical Bills – Funds can usually be obtained to pay off emergency room services, hospitalization, visits to the doctor, rehabilitation, physical therapy, chiropractic care, x-rays, MRI’s and others.
- Lost Wages – Many times, victims of a limo crash are hurt so severely that they are unable to continue working. A skilled limousine accident lawyer can often help the victim recover lost wages and any potential future earnings even if the client is self-employed or has commission-based income.
- Pain and Suffering – An experienced personal injury attorney can perform a thorough evaluation and assessment of the severity, nature, and duration of the client’s injuries to compute actual damages involving pain and suffering. Calculations of the case's worth are based on the impact on the injured victim's quality of life and the disruptive effect the pain has on routine daily activities.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers specialize in Chicago motor vehicle injuries including limo crashes. The attorneys offer their clients the highest level of competence and professionalism. If you are suffering damages because of an accident caused by the negligent actions of a limousine service, contact our experienced Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers for a free, no-obligation consultation at (888) 424-5757.