Taxicabs are an integral part of public transportation for both residents of and visitors to Philadelphia. While many people in Philadelphia may hail taxicabs on a regular basis, they may not consciously realize that they are putting their safety in the hands of a complete stranger. While you would expect that a taxicab driver had the proper license and training necessary to get you to your destination safely, taxicabs have just as much of a chance of being involved in a serious traffic collision as any other type of vehicle. No matter how skilled the taxi driver may be, he or she is still only human and therefore capable of making negligent errors that may lead to accidents and injuries.
Taxicab operators are often highly—sometimes overly—confident drivers since they spend such a large amount of time on the roads, and they therefore feel comfortable making complicated maneuvers on the road. Additionally, passengers are often in a hurry and may order a driver to take shortcuts or to drive fast. All of these factors combined with regular traffic conditions can lead to taxicab accidents and serious injuries. If you have suffered injury in a taxicab accident, you have legal rights to hold any negligent parties responsible for your losses. Contact an experienced Philadelphia taxicab accident attorney at the Levin Firm to discuss a potential legal claim for free today.
When you think of a taxicab accident, you likely immediately think of injuries suffered by passengers in the taxi. While it is true that passengers can suffer serious injuries in the case of a taxicab collision, they are not the only parties that may be affected by a taxicab accident. Negligent taxicab drivers can cause accidents that may injure the following parties:
• Taxi passengers
• Drivers or occupants of other motor vehicles
Injuries sustained in taxicab accidents can be severe and can cause victims to suffer many different types of losses, including costly medical bills, lost income from time away from work, loss of professional opportunities due to permanent injuries or disabilities, emotional trauma, physical pain and suffering, and more.
TAXICAB ACCIDENTS AND COMMON CARRIER LAW
Because a taxicab carries persons for money and offers its services to the public at large, it is considered to be a special class of vehicle called a “common carrier.” This common carrier distinction has legal implications because common carriers are held to the highest standard of care when it comes to the safety of their passengers. While most drivers on the roads are simply expected to drive in a reasonably safe manner, common carriers are expected to use the utmost care to avoid injury to passengers and common carriers may be held liable for even the slightest act of negligence.
It is important to note that this especially high standard of care is only in regard to passengers of the taxicab, which may include individuals entering or exiting the vehicle, as well as riding in the cab. To all other motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists on the road, the taxi driver only owes the same care as any other driver. Unfortunately, taxicab drivers do not always abide by this high standard of care or even the regular standard of care, and this breach of their duty to drive safely may result in serious accidents.
Some examples of negligence on the part of taxi drivers that may result in accidents and injuries include:
• Failing to yield to oncoming traffic when making turns
• Weaving in and out of traffic lanes
• Taking unlawful shortcuts
• Making dangerous U-turns
• Distracted driving
• Driving under the influence
• Driving while fatigued due to long working hours
These are only some examples of negligence that may result in taxicab accidents and liability on the part of the taxi driver.
As you can see, personal injury cases involving taxicab accidents can have many complex and unique legal issues. Determining who is at fault in the accident is only the first step, as you then have to back up your claim with sufficient evidence of negligence. Additionally, many taxicab companies and drivers are prepared to fight against liability, so you always need an attorney with experience in this type of case.
The sooner you call to discuss your taxicab accident, the sooner an experienced Philadelphia taxicab attorney can begin investigating and preparing your case. Commencing investigation in a timely manner is often important to avoid destruction of evidence at the scene of the accident or involving the taxicab itself. If you have suffered injury in an accident involving taxicab, please do not delay in calling the Levin Firm at 877-825-8542 for a free, no-obligation consultation today.
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