Frequently Asked Questions
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What safety factors should a potential client look for in a stretch limousine?
Because a stretch limo is much longer than a regular passenger vehicle, it is more difficult to maneuver and control. Because the vehicle has been modified, it is critical that the brakes and tires of the vehicle have also been modified in order to adjust for the additional weight the vehicle now has.
When hiring a limousine company, you want to make sure that the company you are dealing with has a good reputation. Investigate the safety record of the company, make sure the driver is properly licensed, and check out the condition of the vehicle you will be renting.
What is it about the design of limousines makes them more dangerous than regular passenger vehicles?
The stretch limousines that we see on our roads are not produced by any of the major car manufacturers. Instead, stretch limousines are regular vehicles that are extended by cutting the vehicle in half and then inserting a longer middle section. To do this, it is not uncommon for the company making the limousine to remove safety features that regular vehicles are required to have, including easily accessible exits, reinforced rollover bars, and side-impact airbags. There are no federal safety regulations in place for a vehicle modified into a limousine.
If I file personal injury claims against a delivery company like UPS or FedEx, can I also try to hold the truck driver who caused the crash liable?
Virginia allows injured crash victims to file insurance claims against all the at-fault parties. This means that a delivery company and its driver can be named in separate legal actions. It usually makes the most sense to focus on a single claim, but consulting with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney will clarify your options.
Are delivery companies liable when one of their drivers causes a crash with injuries?
Delivery companies are often held liable for the negligent or reckless actions of their drivers. This is especially true when evidence shows that the driver caused a serious crash because they were poorly trained, inadequately supervised, not properly equipped, made to work long hours without required rest breaks, or distracted while using company-issued electronic devices.
So, yes, a person who suffers injuries in a crash involving a UPS, FedEx or other delivery vehicle can have grounds filing insurance claims against the company.
What happens if a UPS or FedEx driver caused the crash in which I got injured?
Companies are usually held responsible for the harmful actions of their employees. The legal term for this is “respondeat superior,” which is most often translated as “let the master answer.”
Applying this precept to cases in which negligent or reckless delivery truck drivers hit and injure other people, crash victims very frequently have grounds for filing insurance claims against the delivery company. Federal and state laws require UPS, FedEx and similar corporations to carry insurance on all their vehicles and drivers.
How can foodborne illnesses be prevented?
- It is critical to use proper care for hygiene and preparing food. Hands should always be washed with soap in warm water before handling food and again once the person had handled any raw meat or use the restroom.
- Food preparers should always wash fruits and vegetables to remove all chemicals.
- Refrigerators should be set a 40 degrees F and freezers at 0 degrees F.
What are the common causes of foodborne illnesses?
Viruses: These types of foodborne illnesses can be directly attributed to those who are already infected. If proper hygiene is not used by employees preparing food, viruses can be spread through the food. “Employees must wash hands” signs in restaurant bathrooms are present to remind employees that waste residue can give customers foodborne illnesses. Contaminated water used during the preparation process is also another common cause of such illnesses.
Parasites: Parasites can get attached to food through inadequate hygiene practices, just as viruses can. Both human and animal waste residue can cause these parasites to spread through water used in the food preparation process.
Chemicals: There are several sources of chemical poisoning that can occur. Unwashed fruits and vegetables often have high traces of pesticides that can be ingested. Toxins found in fish can cause illnesses for those who enjoy eating fish. Fish that feed on algae that produce toxins can create toxic chemicals that are then consumed. Fish not properly refrigerated can also produce toxins.
How common are foodborne illnesses?
According to national statistics, 48 million people get sick every year from foodborne illnesses. Almost 130,000 of those victims end up hospitalized and approximately 3,000 victims die from the illnesses. A victim can catch a foodborne illness from food purchased at a restaurant or in grocery stores. The elderly, children, pregnant women, and people suffering from medical conditions often have difficulty fighting the illness.
What happens if a vehicle owner gets a recall notice for faulty brakes?
It is far too common for a vehicle owner to be unaware there is a brake defect until they receive a recall notice from the vehicle manufacturer. The recall notice will inform the owner should include:
- A description of what the issue with the brakes are
- What the hazards and risks are because of the issue
- What the warning signs are for the issue
- How the company plans to address the problem
- When the repair will take place
- How long the repair will take
- What the owner needs to do next
What are the signs that drivers should watch for that could indicate they have faulty brakes?
- Delay or Hesitation in Stopping: Any delay in stopping when the brake pedal is pressed is a strong signal that something is wrong and needs to be checked.
- Strange Noises: Grinding, screeching, squealing, or any other strange noises when the brakes are pressed is a signal that the brakes should be checked and repaired.
- Vibrations: When the brake is pressed, if there are any vibrations with the brake pedal, steering wheel, or any other part of the vehicle, the brakes need to be inspected and repaired immediately.
- Warning Light: If the brake warning light comes on, this is a strong indication that there is an issue with the brakes that need to be addressed right away.