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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    On the road: Extra precautions for limousine drivers


    Over recent years, limousine rental has exploded. Limousines are now no longer a novelty for the rich and the famous but are hired for a number of other events such as hen parties, school formals, birthdays and other occasions. This has resulted in an increased number of limousines on UK roads.

    Due to the cumbersome nature of the sheer length of limousines, limousine drivers must take extra precautions on the road in order to prevent a road traffic accident.

    Passenger safety

    The primary concern of any limousine driver should be the safety of passengers.

    Do not make any sudden or abrupt stops. Frequently check on the condition of your passengers through use of the rear view mirror. Do not allow passengers to stand in the back of the limousine as this could result in serious injury in the event of a road traffic collision. Avoid unnecessary conversation with your passengers when driving as this could distract you from any upcoming hazards.

    Manoeuvring

    Limousines are longer and wider than the average vehicle, meaning that a greater circle of turn is required when making a manoeuvre.

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    Before making a turn it is important to cast a quick look over your shoulder rather relying on your side mirrors alone. Ensure that the back end of the vehicle does not mount the kerb as it could cause injury to pedestrians on the pavement.

    Vehicle cleanliness

    You must ensure that your vehicle is kept in a clean and sanitary condition at all times to promote excellent health and safety standards.

    Safety equipment

    It is important to carry a number of items in your limousine to ensure the safety of your passengers. At the very least, you should carry at least one spare tyre, a fire extinguisher and a first-aid kit.

    Claiming compensation

    If you have been involved in a limousine accident, either as a driver or injured as a passenger in a limousine, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

    So long as the accident in question occurred within the last three years and you are not liable for the incident that caused your injury or illness, Accident Advice Helpline could help you retrieve the compensation you deserve for the harm you have suffered.

    Contact Accident Advice Helpline for more information. We have over 15 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation, including car accidents, and we can even help you make a claim for compensation if the other driver wasn’t insured.

    Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call today on 0800 689 0500 to speak with a friendly, professional adviser, with no pressure to pursue your call following your free initial consultation.

    Date Published: March 2, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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