Another Black Eye Accident

Jim Luff
Posted on August 4, 2015

As if our industry hasn’t already suffered a black eye after the deadly July 18th accident in Long Island, NY that killed four limo passengers, two weeks later our other eye gets dotted.

*Twelve people were injured exactly two weeks later in Santa Clarita, Calif., in yet another crash involving a limousine. It’s hard to believe the east and west coast would garner such intense media coverage in such a short duration of time. You can bet these incidents will call out lawmakers and limo industry leaders who will both call for changes and improvements.

In the meantime, social media has once again tried and convicted the chauffeur in the most recent accident.  As soon as the accident photos began surfacing on Facebook early Sunday morning, people posted the requisite question, “Do we know which company?” We all want to know who it is.  But, for the company that encountered the disaster, they’d rather you and the rest of the world not know it was them.  It’s not exactly good for business.

Soon after that, people started voicing “assumptions,” that the chauffeur was following too close or “not following rules,” and I am sure that I read an assumption that the driver was tired in that very same post. 

When we, as industry members make public statements such as, “That driver should have never attempted a U-turn,” we end up disgracing ourselves in public.

Those posts have now been taken down after I and others chastised such public assumptions. We all know what assume means, right?

On that note, I am going to admonish you to never speculate about a crash until the investigation is complete. Back your brothers and sisters in the public eye. 

(*updated)

Related Topics: accident reporting, accidents, driver safety, handling the media, media, passenger safety, Social Media

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