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New York limo crash highlights safety issues in industry

On October 6, a limousine crashed in Upstate New York, killing 18 people in the vehicle and two pedestrians. As a result, traffic safety advocates in Louisiana and across the country are raising questions about regulations in the limo industry.

The tragic crash happened when a 2001 Ford Excursion limo drove through a stop sign at an intersection and collided with a parked vehicle. The group of partygoers who hired the limo had originally booked a bus for the trip, but it broke down and was replaced by the limo.

New York has some of the toughest limousine laws in the U.S. However, those regulations didn't stop the company that operated the ill-fated limo from allegedly putting an unsafe vehicle on the road. For example, the state requires all limos to undergo twice-yearly inspections by the New York Department of Transportation. The limo in question did undergo an inspection, but it failed and was determined to be unfit for service. Meanwhile, media reports indicate the driver of the limo did not have the proper license for driving a vehicle of that size. There are also concerns about the lack of seat belt use in the limo industry. None of the victims in the crash were wearing safety belts, and statistics show that 11 of the 12 people who died in limo crashes between 2012 and 2016 failed to use seat belts.

An intersection accident can be caused by a number of factors, including driver negligence and vehicle safety issues. Victims of a car crash caused by another party may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for damages. An attorney could review the case and help prepare the claim.

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