Police officials have released the results of their investigation of a limo fire that killed five nurses. The accident occurred on May 4, 2013, on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. A bachelorette party was celebrating and eight women were seated in the limousine. One woman was celebrating her recent wedding; she was among the five that was killed in the fire.
One woman reported that the limousine driver failed to help them as she screamed to pull over and that there was smoke. The limousine driver denies these accusations and defends that he failed to understand her. The limousine was fully engulfed in flames while on the freeway. Only four were able to escape by climbing into the partition while the others died of severe burns and smoke.
According to California Highway Patrol, the fire was caused by the rear suspension system as it fell onto the floor. The friction then caused the carpets to burn and set the car ablaze. One-third of the limousine was completely burned by the fire and the bumper was gone. The limousine driver was fined for allowing 9 people to be seated when the limousine should only hold 8 people.
The Dangers of Failing to Maintain Your Vehicle
In the accident described above, the whole accident could have been prevented had the limousine company fully tested their vehicle and maintain it properly. The accident was caused by a mechanical failure that should never have happened in the first place. As a result, the company can be held liable for the deaths and injuries that the women have suffered. The company is responsible for protecting its passengers and not injuring any of them.
Speak to a Personal Injury Attorney
If you or anyone you know were injured due to a mechanical failure with a company, you should contact a personal injury attorney today. A personal injury attorney from the Rawa Law Group will work to earn you monetary compensation for your pain and suffering. Call our law firm today for a free and confidential review of your case and injuries.