Recovering after an Accident in a Taxi Cab
Drivers of taxicabs are known for their reckless–and sometimes downright dangerous–driving behaviors. While some taxi drivers are responsible and safe, others may frequently engage in negligent driving for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, drivers may speed in order to get hurried and demanding passengers to their destinations more quickly. Others may believe that, since they spend so much time on the road, they have the driving skills necessary to make them safe when engaging in aggressive driving, including frequent passing and lane changes, tailgating, and more.
No matter how much driving experience a car driver may have, aggressive driving, violating the traffic laws, and other negligent behaviors are always dangerous and have the potential to cause serious accidents and injuries to both cab passengers and other motorists. If you have been involved in an accident involving a cab driver, the experienced auto accident attorneys at the law office of Boling Rice LLC in Alpharetta can help you. Call us at (770) 355-0780 for a free consultation today.
Negligence in taxi accidents
In order to recover for injuries you suffered in a taxi accident, you and your attorney must be able to identify the negligent act that caused the collision in the first place. Some common acts of negligence that are involved in taxi cab accidents include the following:
- Dangerous or illegal lane changes
- Tailgating other vehicles
- Swerving between other cars
- Running red lights or accelerating through yellow lights
- Not properly yielding for other vehicles, bicyclists, or pedestrians
- Cutting across traffic
- Stopping illegally in busy roadways to pick up of drop off passengers
These are, of course, only some examples of the ways a cab driver can cause accidents by acting negligently.
Because a taxi cab transports people in exchange for money, they are legally known as “common carriers.1” The driver of a common carrier is held to the highest standard of care2 when it comes to the safety of passengers–a higher standard of care than other drivers on the road. For this reason, whenever they do not drive in a safe manner and an injury occurs, they should be held liable for all losses that victims suffered related to the accident and injuries. Any taxi accident victims should discuss their case with an experienced Alpharetta lawyer today.