As a common type of traffic collision that occurs, taxi cab accidents can leave a passenger in the vehicle seriously injured or worse, killed. What many people wonder, however, is if these accidents are compensable or if riding in a taxi simply comes with risks?
For a person living in a smaller community, riding in a taxi cab may be a foreign activity; but to those that have lived or visited big cities, using a taxi for everyday transportation is like second nature. Each day, many people use taxis as a mode of transportation without thinking twice about the possible risks of being a passenger. Unfortunately, taxi cab car accidents occur on a daily basis and yield many different types of injuries as a result.
Some of the most common types of injuries seen in taxi accidents include whiplash injuries, cuts and bruises, broken bones, and trauma to the face and head. While some taxi drivers will enforce the seat belt laws (varying state by state), many taxi companies and drivers are lenient in regards to the regulations on passengers wearing their seat belt in a taxi cab. When a taxi is involved in an auto accident and the passengers were not properly buckled into their seats, the injuries may drastically increase.
In the last reported year of auto accident statistics and fatalities by the United States Census, approximately 10.8 million motor vehicle accidents were recorded. Many accidents that involve taxi cabs are caused by the cab driver themselves or an external force, such as a drunk driver, distracted driver, or a person who was speeding, among other causes of cab accidents. If you have been involved in an accident while riding as a passenger in a taxi, it is important for you to understand your rights immediately.
Suffering injuries in a taxi accident will be extremely difficult to manage, especially if you are attempting to heal from your injuries and pursue a personal injury settlement simultaneously. These types of accidents are often more difficult to deal with than car accidents involving passenger vehicles because a cab company will immediately become involved. At the time of their involvement, the cab driver may be instructed to rid of any evidence that may link the cause of the accident back to the cab company or driver, as they do not want to be held financially accountable for the damages caused. It is important that you involve an attorney on your case right away to ensure that the investigation into the accident is prompted immediately.
If you were injured in an accident caused by a reckless driver, now is the time for you to pursue justice. Your injuries may range into the thousands of dollars just for the first treatment, and if you are out of work due to your injuries, it may be nearly impossible to keep up with the hospital bills. Don’t let yourself get dragged down by an injury sustained in an accident; speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
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