A taxi cab ride may not seem like a risky traveling method, but accidents do happen, particularly when the frequency of driving increases and the opportunities for a collision also increase. Taxi drivers frequently exceed the speed limit to fit more fares in, and commonly hit pedestrians and other vehicles, causing serious injuries and death. A low contingency fee personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia should be retained to get the maximum possible compensation available under PA law.
Some taxi cabs have no seat belts in the back seat, or have a protective shield between the driver and passenger that may seem to give a false sense of security to the passenger.
In fact, a taxi cab should provide seat belts to a passenger and the protective shield has in many cases been a harmful feature that can cause serious injuries for a passenger that does not wear a seat belt and collides with it during an accident. Facial injuries have resulted from a passenger colliding with a protective shield resulting from a false sense of security that it, the lack of seat belts and misplaced trust in the driver.
Two out of three taxi passengers do not use a seat belt in the back seat, according to a Taxi and Limousine Commission survey.
In most states in a passenger of a taxi cab does not use a seat belt and experiences injuries related to a vehicle collision, he or she may be considered partially at fault, which could reduce the at-fault driver's responsibility for paying for the medical expenses and the settlement amount.
When entering a new taxi cab, review the name of the driver and any certifications that enable them to operate legally. Check the cab for seat belts and that the overall quality of the vehicle and interior is consistent with professional standards. Noting the driver's name could be important if an accident should occur and identifying them letter could be difficult.
A taxi driver that does not have adequate commercial auto insurance may discourage a passenger from pursuing adequate medical treatment and police contact for handling the accident. It is important to be assertive and follow standard procedure for an automobile accident.
Find out from the police how you can obtain a copy of the police report and when it will become available.
Obtain a name and contact information for a witness that observed the accident if there is doubt regarding the fault attributed to the accident.
Passengers are not always confident regarding intervening in a taxi driver's decisions while driving a passenger. For example, a taxi driver may override a request to use a particular driving route to reach a destination, which could cause stress and potentially an accident if the taxi cab driver is not familiar with the area.
It is the passenger's choice regarding the route traveled and filing a complaint with the Taxi and Limousine Commission is an option for handling an unsatisfactory cab ride that endangers or upsets a passenger due to not following policies or instructions.
A passenger may also end a cab ride early if the cab driver is using unsafe driving practices or is not following instructions. Whether or not to pay for the cab ride up until the point of departure may depend on the situation.
Riding in a taxi cab may seem like a comfortable and carefree experience. It is usually low-risk for most passengers, but issues involving inadequate seat belt restraints or unsafe driving practices may put a passenger in danger of an accident. If one should occur, consulting with a personal injury attorney can help determine if damages are owed and how to procure them from the taxi company or driver.