Many people wonder just how dangerous taxi cab rides can be. After all, riding in the backseat can feel much like an amusement park roller coaster. For the most part, taxi rides are considered fairly safe. However, taxi cab accidents do happen, and they can be very harmful to passengers since few people wear seatbelts when riding in a cab.
Because taxi cabs are used so commonly in major cities throughout California, studies have been done to determine how common the accidents are and how dangerous these accidents are for passengers or pedestrians.
Consider some of the statistics and details found by these studies.
Understanding the Statistics
- Passengers who do not wear seatbelts in a taxi cab are twice as likely to suffer from serious injuries or fatalities than those passengers who did wear seatbelts.
- Taxi accidents have higher injury rates when compared to passenger cars. Some experts speculate that the partition in taxi cabs is to blame for these injuries.
- Drivers who are on the road for more than eight hours in a day have significantly slower reflexes and response times. In the United States, more than 2 million accidents were associated with driver fatigue.
- New or part-time cab drivers are 5.5 times more likely to commit traffic violations than veteran and full-time drivers.
While taxi cab accidents may not happen as often as passenger vehicle accidents, they are almost always more dangerous for the people in the back seat of the cab. There are just too many factors that can lead to injuries and fatalities in these types of collisions.
What Causes a Taxi Cab Accident?
There can be different factors that lead to taxi cab accidents. At times, these collisions are the fault of the driver while at other times; outside factors could come into play. Common causes could include:
- Aggressive Driving
- Violation of Traffic Laws
- Running Red Lights
- Texting While Driving
- Talking on the Phone While Driving
- Drunk Driving
There are now laws in the state of California that prohibit taxi drivers from texting or talking on their cell phones while driving, but this still happens. Additionally, cab drivers who are preoccupied or distracted will be more likely to experience collisions. Outside factors like other cars running red lights, or drunk driving can also lead to taxi cab collisions.
Injuries from a taxi collision can be very minor, leaving the passenger with just cuts and bruises. However, because of the lack of passenger seatbelts and partitions to protect the cab drivers, injuries could be very severe. Injuries could include:
- Broken Bones
- Head Trauma
- Spinal Injuries
- Facial Trauma
- Brain Damage
- Internal Organ Damage
Because there are so many factors that could lead to taxi cab accidents, and since taxies are used commonly throughout the day, anyone could be at risk of one of these collisions.
If you are a passenger in a taxi cab that is involved in a collision, then you may have a case against the person responsible for your accident. However, laws concerning taxi cab collisions can be very confusing. That’s why it is so important that you choose an experienced and aggressive attorney who is willing to fight for your rights. You don’t want to take your chances on any other attorney because your best interests may not be looked after. You could deal with very high medical bills, and someone should be held responsible.
When you need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney, contact the lawyers at Thompson | Wedeking for a free case evaluation. You should get the compensation you deserve so contact us today.