Chicago is known to be one of the busiest cities in the world with a complex public transportation system.
The public transportation system includes approximately seven thousand taxi cabs that run throughout the city and its suburbs. Chicago taxi drivers are generally trained and experienced professionals, however they are still exposed to the risk of traffic accidents. This risk is higher for taxi drivers because they often have to rush from one location to another, either on their customers’ request or in search of their next fare.
Common Taxi Cab Accidents
Taxi drivers may tend to change their directions unexpectedly, weave in and out of traffic, or speed. Such driving behavior can cause injuries to pedestrians or bicyclists. Some of the most common scenarios of taxi cab accidents include:
- A pedestrian is hit by a taxi driver who pulls in or out of the curb. The taxi driver may also hit a pedestrian when failing to reduce the speed or apply brakes when a pedestrian is near the street.
- A bicyclist is hit by a taxi driver who fails to notice him or her in time.
- A taxi driver may cause an accident while trying to quickly get a customer to a required location.
- A taxi passenger may get injured in a collision.
Liability in a Taxi Cab Accident
Taxi companies are required to purchase insurance so that they can provide compensation for injuries in case of an accident that is caused by a taxi driver. Whenever an accident involving a taxi occurs, both the driver and the taxi company may be held responsible and may be required to provide compensation to the injured person.
Taxi drivers often lack the insurance to cover the full amount of compensation. A Chicago car accident lawyer can help an injured client seek compensation from the employer of the taxi driver. It may be challenging to get the employer to accept the liability and pay for the accident, but with an experienced attorney on your side this can be achieved.
What to do if you are Involved in a Taxi Cab Accident
The first step you should take in any accident is call the police so you can get a police report. This is often used to determine which party was at fault and to memorialize what occurred. Next, document the scene by taking pictures if it is safe to do so. Take pictures of any vehicles that were involved, the surrounding area, and any injuries sustained. Finally, if you sustained any injuries, seek out medical treatments immediately. Symptoms may develop over time as shock may delay your awareness of injury, but treatment sooner rather than later is always better for your health as well as your case.
Understand Your Legal Options After a Taxi Accident
It is important for taxi drivers to understand the risks associated with their business and purchase adequate insurance to cover the expenses that may arise in the event of an accident caused by one of their taxis. If you have been involved in a taxi cab accident, Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 to better understand your legal options. We can evaluate your case for free and help you collect the compensation that you deserve.