Just as New York City is known for its yellow cabs, Las Vegas is known for its limousines. Indeed, unlike most cities, a limo in a relatively common way to get around in Vegas. The large supply of limos in the city allow many people to enjoy the luxury of Law Vegas while they are here for a visit.
Limo drivers and limo companies have a legal duty to look out for the safety of their passengers. Unfortunately, all too often, they fail to live up to this obligation. At Ladah Law Firm, we protect the legal rights of people who have suffered a serious injury in a limo accident. If you were injured in a Vegas limo accident, whether as a passenger, a pedestrian or the occupant of another vehicle, we can help. For immediate assistance, please call our team today: (702) 252-0055.
Sadly, many limo accident victims are unable to recover fair compensation because they make mistakes early on in the accident claims process. If you were injured in a limo crash, you will likely be going up against two large companies: The limo business and their insurers. These companies want to reduce their own legal liability. Of course, this means that they want to deny your injury claim or limit the value of your settlement offer. Please do not let them take advantage of you. The following is a four step process that can be used to help protect your legal rights:
Step 1: Get medical assistance – First and foremost, you need to seek immediate medical attention. Certainly, if you need emergency assistance, that comes before anything else. However, you should get to a doctor after a crash, this is important no matter how bad your injuries seem. The bottom line: You will not be able to pursue a personal injury claim unless you have valid medical documentation that proves the extent of your damages.
Step 2: Gather information – Car victims should do their best to get as much information regarding their accident as soon as they possibly can. First, this means getting contact, license vehicle and insurance information from all drivers involved, including the limo company driver. If there were injuries in the crash, the local police should be called to the scene to file a report. Additionally, you should also make efforts to get reliable contact information from any witnesses to the crash. Finally, try to take pictures of the crash scene and of your injuries.
Step 3: Avoid speaking to insurance adjusters – No matter how friendly and helpful they may come across on the phone, insurance adjusters are simply never on your side. Do not give a statement to an insurance company representative until you have first spoken to a lawyer. Indeed, generally, it is better to let your lawyer handle all interactions with the insurance company.
Step 4: Contact Las Vegas limo accident lawyer – Finally, if you were hurt in a wreck, you should always be represented by an experienced Vegas limo accident attorney throughout the entire claims process. Your attorney will be able to ensure that your legal rights and financial interests are fully protected at every stage of the case.
Passengers reasonably expect to be protected when they step into a limo. Yet, in too many cases, limos and taxi drivers operate their vehicles in an unsafe manner. Under Nevada state law (NRS 706.041), both limos and taxi cabs are held to heightened legal standards. This is because both entities are engaged in the business of transporting passengers for commercial purposes; as such, that makes them ‘common carriers’. Under the law, common carriers are strictly regulated, and they must take proactive measures to protect the safety and well being of their customers. If you are injured in an accident as a passenger of a common carrier, whether in a limo crash, or a wreck Vegas taxi drivers are involved in, you deserve fair compensation for your losses.
To hold another party liable for your limo crash, you will need to prove that they were ‘at fault’ for the accident. Under Chapter 41.141 of the Nevada Revised Statutes, fault must be proven by establishing negligence. Put simply, negligence is defined as the failure to exercise due care. What constitutes ‘due care’ will depend on many different factors. Though, due to the fact that Clark County limos are held to a heightened standard of care, the bar for proving that a limo company was liable for an accident is somewhat lower than the bar for proving that an ordinary (non-commercial) driver was liable. For reference, some common examples of limo company/limo driver negligence include:
Under Nevada law, injured victims have a right to recover financial compensation from the ‘at fault’ party. Indeed, you are entitled to financial relief that is equivalent in value to the value of your losses. Though, it should be noted that you can only recover compensation to the extent that you can actually prove your damages. In many Vegas limo accident cases, proving damages can be challenging. Victims should always work with a qualified attorney. Depending on the specific facts of your limo crash claim, the team at Ladah Law Firm may be able to help you seek recovery for:
At Ladah Law Firm, our Southern Nevada car accident attorneys have extensive experience handling a wide variety of different cases, including limo crashes. If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a limo wreck in Vegas, our team is standing by, ready to help. To set up a free, no-obligation review of your case, please call us today at (702) 252-0055 or email us directly through our website.
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