Accidents involving taxicabs can result in serious injuries like paralysis, burns, loss of limbs, and internal organ damage. Common causes of these crashes include a driver talking on a cellphone or texting, speeding, being fatigued, and driving under the influence of alcohol. If the passenger in the taxi was hurt in the crash, he may be entitled to compensation for his injuries, and he may be able to pursue a claim against more than one party.
The Parties Potentially Liable in a Taxicab Crash
In a taxicab crash, there could be more than one party liable for the passenger’s injuries. Who is responsible will depend on the cause of the accident, but could include any combination of the following parties:
- Taxicab driver. If the driver of the taxi hit another vehicle, he could be responsible for the injuries of the passenger in his cab.
- Taxicab company. If the driver of the taxi caused the accident, the taxicab company could be liable for a taxicab passenger’s injuries.
- Other motorist. If another driver hit the taxi, he could be responsible for the injuries of the passenger in the taxi.
- Manufacturer. The manufacturer of the vehicle that caused the accident could face responsibility if a defect in the vehicle contributed to the accident.
In Texas, a taxicab company is required to have an accidental insurance policy with higher minimum limits of liability than required in a motorist’s automobile policy. It is important to contact an experienced accident attorney as soon as possible after a crash to help determine who the responsible parties are and what compensation they could have to pay.
Were you or a family member injured in a taxicab accident? Call us at (817) 380-4888 for a free consultation to learn about your legal options and how we can help you.