When people in California hire a limousine, they might not be aware of limousine safety issues. A deadly limousine crash that grabbed national headlines has highlighted some dangers associated with limousines. Locals already considered the intersection where the crash occurred dangerous. Only a stop sign marked the intersection where one state road met another state road at the bottom of a steep hill.
A distracted driver could have easily missed the stop sign. Although investigators have not determined if the limousine driver had been distracted by a phone, the rise of smartphones has accompanied an increase in traffic accidents. In 2013, researchers recorded 5.7 million accidents. By 2017, the figure had risen to 6.4 million accidents.
As the National Transportation Safety Board investigates the tragic accident that claimed 20 lives, disturbing details have emerged. The limousine should not have been in operation because it had failed a state safety inspection the month before the fatal accident. The driver lacked a proper license, and 17 passengers in the limousine were not wearing seat belts. The modifications necessary to stretch a limousine could also reduce its safety in a crash according to a spokesperson from the American Automobile Association.
When a person gets hurt in an accident because of another party's negligence or recklessness, financial hardship could result. The person might miss work for long periods of time and incur high medical expenses. Seeking representation from an attorney may be an appropriate step, especially if injuries make communicating with an insurance company or court difficult. An attorney knowledgeable about car accidents might identify available insurance coverage and organize evidence to support a claim for damages. After presenting this information to an insurance adjuster, an attorney may be able to recover a settlement. Otherwise, an attorney might advance the case to the courtroom.