Taxicab accidents

Taxicab Accidents in Texas

At any given time, thousands of taxicabs travel the streets and highways all over Texas. People use them to get back and forth to work, to get to a doctor’s appointment, to enjoy a night out without having to worry about driving or many other reasons.In their constant effort to make a profit, some taxi drivers try to pick up and drop off as many passengers is possible in the shortest possible time frame. Quite often, either the driver or the passenger is in a hurry and the combination of time pressures, traffic and distractions can lead to accidents, which in turn may cause serious injuries to passengers, other drivers, bicyclists and even pedestrians.

In their constant effort to make a profit, some taxi drivers try to pick up and drop off as many passengers is possible in the shortest possible time frame. Quite often, either the driver or the passenger is in a hurry and the combination of time pressures, traffic and distractions can lead to accidents, which in turn may cause serious injuries to passengers, other drivers, bicyclists and even pedestrians.

Rules Regarding Taxicab Drivers

In the state of Texas, taxi cab drivers are classified as common carriers, which means that they have to meet a higher duty of care when it comes to passengers than the driver of a regular passenger car. Many cities in Texas, such as Houston, also place very specific minimum operating requirements on taxicabs, as well as the companies that operate them. This means they have to regularly submit to vehicle inspections to make sure their roadworthy, they are required to pass physical examinations, security screenings and drug testing and they are required to undergo and pass very specialized driver training. In addition, taxicab companies are required to carry a higher level of automobile insurance in the amount of $1 million per accident. Most taxi drivers are also forbidden from using hand-held cell phones while driving and they are not allowed to drive more than 12 hours during any 24-hour period.

This means they have to regularly submit to vehicle inspections to make sure their roadworthy, they are required to pass physical examinations, security screenings and drug testing and they are required to undergo and pass very specialized driver training. In addition, taxicab companies are required to carry a higher level of automobile insurance in the amount of $1 million per accident. Most taxi drivers are also forbidden from using hand-held cell phones while driving and they are not allowed to drive more than 12 hours during any 24-hour period.

The bottom line is, legally speaking, taxicabs actually have to maintain higher level of care in the operation of their vehicle than the average driver and their status as a taxicab has no effect on injured party’s ability to make an auto accident claim for their injuries. If a taxicab hits the car you are in, whether you are driving or a passenger and you are injured, the first thing to do is the same thing you should do after any other auto accident; you should gather evidence, which means getting the names and contact information of any and all witnesses to the accident and taking as many photos as possible as soon as possible and from as many angles as possible before leaving the scene.

It is also important to call the police as soon as possible while still at the accident scene. You want as much information about the accident to be officially reported as soon as possible. If you can try to make sure that any and all drivers involved in the accident stick around the accident scene until police arrive.

What To Do If You’ve Been Injured in a Taxicab Accident

Those who’ve been injured in taxicab accidents may be entitled to financial compensation not just from the driver, but also the cab company itself. If the driver is not classified as an independent contractor, the taxi company may be liable for your injuries under the doctrine of vicarious liability, which makes employers responsible for negligent acts or omissions committed by employees during the course of their work. In other words, even if the driver was doing something he shouldn’t have been doing, like using a cell phone while driving or driving under the influence, the employer can also be liable.

In addition, if the taxicab company can be shown to have been negligent, they can be held responsible for that, as well. For example, a taxicab company that failed to maintain its vehicles to the highest standards, or that failed to conduct legally required drug testing of drivers or who allowed an employee who did not pass the specialized training necessary to operate a cab can also be held liable if there is an accident and someone is injured.

Taxicab accidents are often more complicated than other accidents because there are a greater number of factors to consider. For example, one common cause of taxicab accidents is drivers who are fatigued because they work more than 12 hours per day or drivers who drive too fast or too aggressively, which is a very common problem. In many cases, a taxicab driver also has to deal with passengers who were out of control or even drunk or distracting in some way.

Taxicab Accidents Lawyers In Texas

If either you or a loved one have been injured or killed as result of an auto accident involving a taxicab, you need a lawyer with experience dealing with these cases on your side to make sure you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses. The motor vehicle accident attorneys at the Liggett Law Group have a wealth of knowledge and experience dealing with taxicab companies and we can help. Contact us today for a free consultation.