Taxicabs are a popular means of transportation in the Dallas and Fort Worth area, and there are dozens of taxicab companies—Cowboy Cabs, Checker Cab Company, and Yellow Cabs, to name a few. While cabs are convenient, they also can be the cause of vehicle accidents, often causing serious injuries to the cab passengers and other motorists.
Because a taxi is a common carrier for people, the driver and taxicab company are obligated to provide the utmost care to their passengers. If a passenger is injured in a taxi accident, he will have to prove the driver’s negligence in order to hold the cab driver and taxicab company responsible for his injuries, but the damages they would owe him could be substantial.
Common Causes of Taxicab Accidents
There are a variety of causes of taxicab accidents. Some of the common ways the cab driver could cause a crash include:
- Driving aggressively
- Violating a traffic law, like speeding or running a red light
- Texting while driving
- Talking on a cellphone while driving
- Fiddling with music or other vehicle instruments
- Eating while driving
- Driving when fatigued
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Additionally, taxicab drivers specifically might cause an accident because of a lack of adequate training or if they’re rushing to pick up other fares.
Injuries to passengers of taxicabs can be more severe due to the lack of seat belts and the partition that protects the driver. Common serious injuries in a taxicab accident include:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injury
- Spinal injuries
- Internal organ damage
An injured victim’s damages could be substantial if he suffers a serious injury causing a life-long medical condition. Fortunately, he may be able to recover compensation for his medical bills, lost wages, and more from the party who caused his injuries.
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