Limousine Accidents: Who is Liable?

limosine When you retain the services of a limousine company for purposes of business or pleasure, you have a reasonable expectation of getting from your point of origin to your destination safely and securely. Sadly, safety was apparently ignored near Albany, New York, recently when 20 people perished in a limousine accident. The operator of Prestige Limousine allegedly had a driver behind the wheel who wasn’t licensed to drive that type of vehicle, and state inspectors had determined a month earlier that the same vehicle was unserviceable due to mechanical issues.

Vicarious Liability

There is no question that the cause of the subject crash was the limo driver’s failure to stop at a stop sign. Based on the facts of the case as it presently stands, the personal injury attorneys in Tampa at Wagner McLaughlin regard this tragedy as an example of vicarious liability. Under the legal principle of vicarious liability, an employer is held liable for the negligent act, or negligent failure to act, of its employee. As an experienced Tampa wrongful death attorney at Wagner McLaughlin could also explain, there is a duty incumbent on the limo company to properly maintain the vehicles that it puts on the road. It appears that this duty was breached in the Albany case — and, sadly, in too many other cases as well.

If you were injured in a limousine accident, or if your family member perished in such an accident in Florida, contact an accident attorney Tampa Florida without delay. We’ll arrange for a free consultation and case review with you. Our commitment is to listen to you carefully, answer your questions as best we can, and advise you of your full range of legal options. Our attorneys are experienced and effective Tampa motor vehicle accident attorneys. We work on a contingent-fee basis, which means that no legal fees are due unless and until we obtain a settlement or verdict on your behalf.