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New Safety Measures to Come
Four women have died after the limousine in which they were traveling attempted to make an illegal U-turn and crashed. The accident happened in Cutchogue, near Riverhead, New York, in July of 2015. Brittney Schulman, Lauren Baruch, Amy Grabina, and Stephanie Belli were all killed in the crash at the scene.
The accident was caused by a variety of contributing factors, making determining fault very difficult. Not only did the limousine driver make an illegal U-turn, but the driver of an involved pickup truck was also driving under the influence when the crash occurred.
New York Safety Regulations Questioned
The accident spurred the creation of a 156-page safety report questioning the safety regulations surrounding New York’s many limousines and how conditions could be improved. The report called into question the fact that many limousines don’t have (or don’t use) safety features like seat belts, side-impact airbags, rollover protection, and emergency exits. All of these are required in most other vehicles, especially trucks designed for commercial use.
Although many people believe that riding in limousines is safer than driving, when traffic accidents occur, the risks for injury are increased. The risk for a person riding in the back of a limousine is especially high in a crash. If you are not wearing a seat belt, you can be thrown into the backs of the front seats or through the windows at extremely high velocities.
The report also requested more stringent inspections for buses and other forms of public transportation. Governor Andrew Cuomo is appointing a new panel to investigate safety problems. Once completed, the results will be passed on to the National Transportation Safety Board and could potentially impact limousine and bus services all across the country.
Long Island Traffic Accident Attorneys
Whether you have been injured while riding in a limousine or while driving your car, it’s crucial that the right person be held responsible. When a negligent party was the cause, you could be entitled to financial compensation. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP at 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or through our website to schedule a free consultation.