Chicago is one of the busiest cities in the world and home to a complex and convoluted transportation system that includes the use of thousands of taxi cabs throughout the city and its suburbs. While taxi drivers are professionals with training and years of experience, they are also prone to risks that everyday motorists may not be, such as the need to rush from one destination to the next at the behest of a customer who is in a hurry or to speed through traffic in search of the next fare. When the actions of a taxi driver result in the injury of others and the damage of property, it is important that the driver and the company that he or she works for takes responsibility and provides compensation to those injured in an accident.
Who is Most Likely to be Involved in a Taxi Cab Accident?
Millions of people travel the streets of Chicago each year using various forms of transportation that vary from travel on foot or bike to the use of taxi cabs or public transportation. Taxi drivers have the tendency to weave in and out of traffic or make sudden changes in speed or direction in order to acquire fares, and this puts pedestrians and bicyclists at a higher risk of injury. Common taxi accidents include the following scenarios.
- The taxi driver hits a pedestrian when pulling to or away from the curb or fails to reduce speed in time to avoid hitting a person who is near the street.
- A bicyclist is struck by a taxi due to the driver’s failure to notice him or her and to give the cyclist the right of way.
- A taxi is involved in a fender bender due to reckless behavior on part of a driver who is trying to get a passenger to his or her location quickly.
- The passenger is injured during a collision with another vehicle or when the cab comes to a sudden halt.
Who is Liable for a Taxi Cab Accident?
Taxi companies are required to carry insurance so that they may provide compensation to the victims involved in any accident that results from the negligent actions of their employees. The employer will often attempt to skirt responsibility, however, and place sole blame on the driver— often a tactic used by the taxi company’s insurance to avoid responsibility for the payment of a claim. It is important to understand, however, that through vicarious liability, both the taxi company and the driver responsible for causing a taxi injury may be held responsible and made to provide compensation to those injured in an accident.
Taxi drivers themselves often lack the assets or insurance to provide full payment of the costs associated with medical treatment and recovery following an accident, which is why it is not uncommon for a personal injury lawyer to seek compensation from the driver’s employer on behalf of his or her client. Holding taxi companies responsible for the actions of their employees not only provides victims with the compensation that they deserve, but it also motivates them to provide better training for their drivers and discourage them from reckless behavior that endangers passengers and bystanders.
The Chicago Injury Center has been created specifically to provide information to those seeking legal advice and to connect them with knowledgeable and experienced attorneys who will best represent their interests. If you have been injured in an accident, contact us to learn more about your rights and legal options. We would be more than happy to arrange a free consultation with you at the time and place of your convenience and to evaluate the details of your case, investigate the matter more thoroughly and advice you on whether you have a case and how best to proceed.
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