Houston Taxi Cab Accident Lawyers
Have you or a loved one been injured in an accident involving a taxi cab? You need a legal team who knows how to handle these cases and get results. Let attorneys Neal Davis and Jed Silverman fight for you to get what you deserve.
Houston is a city full of taxi cabs. So many rely on taxi cabs to get to and from work, or around the bustling city, without any thought to the risk of accident. With the numerous pedestrians, buses, cars, and taxis congesting the roads, serious accidents are always a risk.
So what happens legally if you find yourself in an accident with a taxi cab?
Many wonder whether or not they can receive compensation for taxi cab accidents, or if riding in a taxi is simply a risk in and of itself. Fortunately, passengers of taxi cabs have rights to compensation if they find themselves the victims of a serious accident caused by the taxi driver or another vehicle.
Experienced Houston attorneys Neal Davis and Jed Silverman are committed to helping you receive the compensation you deserve from your taxi cab accident. We're ready to help you through the process of filing your claim, reaching a settlement, and getting on the road to recovery.
Contact the team of Neal Davis and Jed Silverman to discuss your rights.
Common Taxi Accident Injuries
Injuries obtained from taxi cab accidents can range from minor bumps and bruises to more permanent, serious injuries and even death. Riding without seat belts increases these risks, and in many places taxi drivers and passengers are exempt from laws concerning seat belt usage and child car seats. That being said, some common injuries that can be obtained from taxi cab accidents include:
Common Causes of Taxi Cab Accidents
Taxi cab accidents can be caused by numerous factors, especially on Houston's busy roads.
The most common causes of taxi cab accidents include:
- Driver fatigue
- Driving negligently (speeding, failure to yield, etc.)
- Cab mechanical failure
- Distracting passengers
- Aggressive driving
- Cell phone use behind the wheel
- Inadequately trained drivers
Houston Taxi Regulations
The city of Houston enforces its own laws and regulations that pertain to “vehicles for hire.” Such vehicles include taxi cabs, limousines, and any other network vehicles that individuals may hire for their own transportation. Under these regulations, taxi cab drivers must:
- 1. Submit to vehicle inspections - Taxi cab drivers must submit their vehicles for testing and inspections to ensure that all parts are functioning correctly and that the cab is safe.
- 2. Avoid cell phone use - Drivers are not permitted to use a cell phone while behind the wheel unless they are opting to use a hands-free device.
- 3. Submit to drug tests - Taxi drivers are required to submit for drug tests and regular physicals.
- 4. Take part of and pass driver training - Driver training and instruction courses must be passed in order for a driver to operate a taxi cab in Houston.
- 5. Carry appropriate insurance - Taxi cab drivers in Houston must carry liability insurance of at least $1 million per accident.
If failure to adhere by any of these regulations causes a taxi accident, it can be grounds to hold the driver liable for the victim's compensation.
Liability and Compensation for Taxi Cab Accidents
Taxi accidents often bring their own set of difficulties to the table when it comes to pursuing compensation. Investigating and communicating with cab companies and determining fault is often challenging. As with other personal injury accidents, taxi cab accidents can also include various liable parties that may be held responsible for a victim's compensation in the case. These parties can include the taxi driver, the driver's employer, the taxi cab company, or even a combination of these in some situations.
Compensation that can be received from taxi cab injuries can include funds to cover:
- Medical expenses (both current and projected)
- Lost wages and time at work
- Pain and suffering from injuries
- Emotional trauma
That being said, there are numerous problems that can arise when it comes to determining liability and receiving proper compensation for taxi accidents. Firstly, being a passenger in a cab and being another driver in such an accident requires two different approaches to a case and can greatly influence the outcome. In addition, if there are multiple passengers in a taxi cab, claims to compensation can be complicated considerably. Be sure to contact a personal injury lawyer familiar with these challenges as soon as possible.
Contact a Houston Taxi Accident Attorney
If you've been injured in a taxi cab accident, experienced attorneys Neal Davis and Jed Silverman are ready to take on your case. We have handled thousands of case, and stand ready to aggressively seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries. If we don't win, you don't pay. That's our No Fee Guarantee. Contact us today for a free consultation of your case.