Whether for prom, a wine tour around the city or some other special occasion, we've all probably traveled in or will travel in a limousine at some time in our lives. And why not, particularly if you plan on having something to drink. Hiring a limo to get around during these times will prevent anyone from driving under the influence.
Unfortunately, however, the sheer design of limousines can render them dangerous in the event of a car accident. Here's why it may be a stretch to consider limousines safe.
First, the seating design of most limos change the impact rules associated with car accidents in typical passenger vehicles. For example, depending on where the occupants of the limo are seated, a T-bone (right angle) car accident will be a rear-end collision for some passengers, a head-on crash for those sitting across, and a side-impact collision for passengers sitting in the front or back of the limousine. To make matters worse, the majority of limousines do not have basic safety features like seatbelts or airbags installed to help prevent or reduce serious injuries in the event of a car accident. According to airbag manufacturers, it is just not possible to make airbags large enough for stretch limos.
So, in the event of a car accident, the occupants of a limousine will endure the complete force of the crash and will be thrown into one another as well as around the entire passenger cab of the limo.
Second, the way that many limousines are built leaves the passenger compartment more vulnerable to structural damage in the event of a car accident. Basically, a standard vehicle is cut in half and extender plates are installed to expand the roof and floor. However, during this process, limo manufacturers must remove the vertical safety pillars installed in the structural cage of most standard size automobiles. These pillars provide structural integrity and protect passengers from broad-side impacts. Accordingly, the passenger compartment of a limo (the part that is ‘stretched') is structurally weaker and more vulnerable to impact(s) than standard sized cars.
For these reasons, you may want to think twice before riding in a limousine. Car services that use town cars and other standard-sized vehicles or rideshare services like Uber and Lyft offer safer alternatives to limousines.
If you or a loved one was injured in a limousine accident or any type of car accident, you should contact a qualified car accident / personal injury attorney immediately. At the Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal, our lawyers have years of experience representing accident victims and we will fight for the compensation you deserve and need to recover from your injuries. We will thoroughly investigate the cause(s) of your accident, including all parties who could be liable, and will help you understand your rights and legal options. For a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Colorado lawyers, call us today for a free consultation at (303) 647-4511 or visit us online.