Passengers in taxicabs may not realize how dangerous the plastic or glass divider that gives them privacy from the driver can be. Unfortunately, if the taxi driver causes an accident, the divider can pose a huge threat of causing serious injuries to a passenger’s face or head. These injuries can be even more devastating if the passenger was not wearing a seat belt—either by choice or because the taxi did not have them.
Common Injuries Taxi Riders Suffer From the Privacy Divider
Taxi drivers can cause accidents in many ways, such as by talking on a cellphone or texting, speeding, tailgating other drivers, and stopping suddenly. Like with other vehicle accidents, the force of the impact when the taxi hits another vehicle or object can cause the back seat passengers to be thrust forward violently. Unfortunately, the glass or plastic partition is only 16 to 19 inches from the passengers in the back seat—increasing the risk of them crashing into it. They can also be thrown directly into the divider, cup holders, sharp edged credit card machines, and steel bolts. Even in a minor accident, passengers can suffer the following injuries:
- Tooth fractures
- Broken noses
- Fractured facial bones
- Bruises and cuts
- Disfiguring scars
- Brain and head injuries
Facial injuries can be severe and disfiguring, requiring multiple surgeries to repair, and cause the victim to suffer long-term pain and emotional trauma. Brain damage—like traumatic brain injury—can result in a taxi passenger suffering life-long changes to his mental capacity, reasoning abilities, and emotional state and may limit his ability to work. The financial and emotional toll on the taxi passenger and his family can be enormous, with the expensive medical bills and lost time off work. However, the taxi driver and the taxicab company could be responsible for compensating the victim for these expenses and more.
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