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Los Angeles Limo and Shuttle Accidents

Los Angeles limo and shuttle accidents happen with more frequency than other areas with less of these types of vehicles on the road. Innocent travelers who entrust their safety and well-being to transportation companies expect a properly maintained vehicle and that their driver will provide safe, professional service. Too often, sightseeing trips and special occasions are ruined by careless drivers and negligent shuttle operators who fail to act in a responsible and prudent manner. Anyone who provides transportation services to the public has a duty to transport passengers safely and exercise the highest level of care. These transportation companies are called common carriers, and special rules apply to them.

Common Carrier Liability

When common carriers fail to use the highest level of care, they can be held responsible for their negligence in court. Traditional liability standards dictate that an attorney must prove several things to recover compensation on behalf of an injury victim.

  1. You must prove that the driver or tour company had a duty to use the utmost care when transporting passengers.
  2. You must prove that this duty was breached because the company didn’t maintain the vehicle, didn’t train the driver, hired a contractor with a history of safety violations or was negligent for some other reason.
  3. You must demonstrate that the breach was the direct cause of your injuries.
  4. Finally, you need to prove that you have suffered actual damages from your injury. This will entitle you to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress and permanent disabilities.
Safety Standards for Limos and Shuttle Operators

Shuttle to LAX Safety regulations are in place to protect consumers who accept services from common carriers in Los Angeles and across the state. However, these rules aren’t always consistent. Not too long ago, five people from San Francisco died because they were trapped in a modified Lincoln Town Car that caught on fire during a bachelorette party. A mechanical issue sparked the blaze. Fire extinguishers weren’t available, and there was no way for passengers to exit the car. In this case, California laws didn’t require routine safety inspections because the vehicle was designed to transport less than 10 people. Larger buses and vans must be inspected every 13 months. Fortunately, accidents like this have prompted lawmakers to advocate uniform safety requirements.

All motor carriers, drivers and third-party operators can be held responsible for their negligence if a passenger is injured or killed while in their care. Frequently, violations relate to one or more of these issues.

  1. Hiring and screening practices
  2. Training programs for drivers
  3. Maintaining equipment
  4. Following traffic laws
  5. Educating passengers
  6. Providing restraints and safety equipment

In large cities like Los Angeles, limo and shuttle collisions are quite common. Recently, the track record of the celebrity sightseeing company Starline Tours was called into question. First, the company was sued by a female passenger who suffered head and eye injuries when she stood up in the company’s open-top double-decker bus. She said no one told her not to stand up during the tour and that her injuries wouldn’t have happened if she had been informed of the risk. Shortly after that incident, a 16-year-old tourist died during one of the company’s tours. He was dancing on a seat and struck a highway sign that was mounted on a freeway overpass. This tragedy could have been prevented if the company had adequate safety measures in place.

Transportation companies should be held liable for their negligence anytime they have created a defect or breached safety regulations. A personal injury attorney only needs to prove that the company was aware of the problem or that they would have been aware of the problem if they had used the highest level of care. In cases where a taxi or bus is hit by another car or truck, multiple parties might be liable for your injuries and losses based on the principle of contributory negligence.

If you were injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver or bus company, contact a California accident attorney today to discuss your case. You deserve compensation for your injuries and losses. Call our toll free hotline at 866-966-5240 or anywhere in Los Angeles at 310-592-0445.

Client Reviews
I have known Steven for some time now and when his services were required he jumped in and took control of my cases. I had two and they were handled with the utmost professionalism and courtesy. He went the extra mile regardless of the bumps in the road. I can not see me using any other attorney and I would recommend him to any of my family and friends. Josie A.
Steven was vital during our most trying time. He was referred by a friend after an accident that involved a family member. While he was critical and lying in the hospital, Steven was kind, patient and knowledgeable about what we were going through. Following our loss, Steven became a tough and aggressive negotiator and made sure that we receive a huge compensation. I would refer Steven in fact, this happened 2 years ago and I still speak highly of his service. Cheryl S.
Mr. Sweat is a pitbull in the courtroom as well as settlement negotiations - You can't have a better equipped attorney in your corner! It is a pleasure working as colleagues together on numerous cases. He can get the job done. Jonathan K.
Because of Steven Sweat, my medical support was taken care of. Plus, I had more money to spare for my other bills. Steven is not only an excellent personal injury lawyer, providing the best legal advice, but also a professional lawyer who goes beyond his call of duty just to help his clients! He stood up for me and helped me get through the process. I would definitely recommend. I couldn't think of any better lawyer than him. MiraJane C.
I must tell anyone, if you need a great attorney, Steve sweat is the guy! I had an awful car accident and had no idea where to turn. He had so much to deal with because my accident was a 4 car pile up. Not to mention all the other cars were behind me and they were not wanting to settle in any way! He never stopped working for me and had my best interest at heart! Audra W.
I believe I made the best choice with Steven M Sweat, Personal Injury. I was very reluctant to go forward with my personal injury claim. I had a valid claim and I needed a professional attorney to handle it. I felt so much better when I let Steven take my case. His team did everything right and I am very satisfied. Stia P.
I have to say that Steve has been exemplary! I met Steve at a point with my case that I was ready to give up. He took the time and dealt with all of my concerns. Most importantly, he was present and listened to what I was going through. He was able to turn things around, put me and my case on the right track! The results were better that expected! Highly recommend!! Cody A.