Taxi Cab Accident
Taking a taxi should be safe.
If you're injured while a passenger in a tax-cab, different laws apply to your case than an ordinary car crash case.
A taxi accident attorney will have different questions for you in this kind of case. It's mostly good news.
Because you are a passenger, and not driving the vehicle—barring the most unusual of circumstances—we know you are not at fault for the collision.
Liability, or fault, then, will be borne either by the taxicab driver or the driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash.
If the driver of the other vehicle is to blame, then your status as a passenger of a tax-cab will have very little bearing on the legal analysis of the case. This will look more like a typical traffic accident case.
If the taxi-cab driver was at fault, though, there are special factual and legal considerations that make your case different than the normal car-crash case.
For one, tax-cab companies are required by law to provide at least $250,000 in bodily injury insurance coverage per passenger up to $500,000 per collision. That's ten times the minimum coverage required by a driver who is not driving a taxi. Cab accident law like this is the kind of information taxi accident attorneys bring to the table to enhance the value of your cab accident case.
Taxi-cab companies also must adhere to higher standards of safety. For example, there are safety regulations that require taxi-cab companies to include features in their vehicles designed to limit the risk of danger from crime, like dash cams and sturdier glass. This is something not all passenger accident attorneys understand.
Tax-cab companies also must implement and enforce safety protocols for all drivers they employ. This applies starting from when the taxicab company is soliciting drivers for hire, including performing background checks on their drivers. It also includes regular training for their drivers. And the taxi company must monitor their drivers' driving history to make sure they adhere to a set of standards established by the Nevada Transportation Authority.
And because taxi-cab companies, like planes, trains, and busses, are common carriers, the duty they owe to their passengers is a heightened duty of care. They must use the utmost care and diligence to ensure the safety of their passengers (whereas any other non-common-carrier driver only owes a duty of ordinary care). In other words, taxi drivers are liable even for slight negligence that causes injury.
If you have questions about your particular case, set up a no-obligation, no-cost consultation with a taxi accident attorney. At Parry & Pfau, we can help.