“It’s Vegas, Baby.” That is a sentiment we in Southern Nevada are quite familiar with, and we’ve heard it used to justify all kinds of outlandish behavior: from tattoos and marriages to adult entertainment and water-fountain forays. But as a recent limousine injury case shows, the antics that are so celebrated on the Strip can have disastrous consequences.
A Canadian man is now a quadriplegic will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair after a drunken stunt became an irreversible mistake. The man had rented a limo with several friends for an evening of carousing and fun; they were able to continue drinking as they traveled from one venue to the next, and the vehicle was even outfitted with a “stripper pole.” The evening came to a tragic stop when this man attempted a headstand from the pole and fell on his neck. He fractured his neck and the resulting spinal cord injury has left him unable to move below his neck.
This is not just a cautionary tale against attempting exotic dance moves in a vehicle; that lesson is too narrow to be of much use. Rather, it is a reminder that caution has to rule the day because tragedy can spring from the most unexpected of places. Consider this: in this case, the man failed to execute the move and broke his neck; he could just as easily have fallen when the limo hit a speed bump or had to stop abruptly. The tragedy stems from the activity, not from the exact circumstances.
In truth, limousine accidents are more common than one would assume. Consider the circumstances: limousines are frequently used to travel exclusively between bustling hotel-casinos and popular nightclubs and venues, which are both busy destinations along routes more likely than normal to be traveled by drunk fellow-drivers. Most patronizers of limo services take full advantage of the ability to access libations throughout the night’s travels, so the passengers are frequently drunk to various levels of incapacitation. Sometimes, the drivers themselves imbibe either on their own or at the behest of enthusiastic passengers. Thus, limos travel dangerous routes filled up with distracting passengers and sometimes driven unde the influence. This is a recipe for injury.
In this case, an arbitrator found the limousine company negligent in its duties and therefore liable for damages on the paralyzed man’s behalf. The reasoning was that the headstand accident was a logical extension of a night of constant inebriation and increasing stunts; by failing to short-circuit the night’s prior antics, the driver of the limousine in effect invited the stunt that changed all those men’s lives. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a limousine accident — whether a stripper-pole fiasco or a more common motor vehicle accident — contact us today for guidance from our experienced Nevada limo accident lawyers. We have seen these cases before and will help you put your life back together.
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