Many people in Montgomery County rely on taxicabs to get them from place to place. They are often seen as a safe mode of transportation, but with you not having control and other vehicles congesting the roads, the risk is always there.
If you were in an auto accident involving a taxicab, you have the right to compensation for your injuries. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you through the process.
Attorney for Taxicab Accident in Montgomery County, TX
If you were injured because of a taxi driver’s negligence, you should contact Evans & Powell, PLLC right away. We have proven experience handling personal injury claims from taxicab accidents and will fight to ensure you receive adequate compensation.
Call Evans & Powell, PLLC today at (936) 622-2000 to schedule a time to speak with one of our attorneys about the specifics of your case. We represent clients with personal injury claims in Conroe, Montgomery, The Woodlands, Pinehurst and other surrounding areas.
Overview of Taxicab Accidents in Montgomery County, TX
- Common Cause of Taxi Accidents
- Who is Liable in a Taxi Cab Accident?
- Conroe Taxi Cab Regulations
- Additional Resources
Many different factors can cause a taxi accident, especially on the busy roads in Montgomery County. Some of the most common causes of taxicab accidents include the following:
- Negligent driving
- Driver fatigue
- Cell phone use
- Distracted or initiative driving
- Lack of driver training
- Aggressive driving
- Failing to obey traffic laws
- Driving under the influence
Negligent driving is defined as a driver behaving in a careless manner that caused harm or injury to another person. A taxi driver can be negligent by either doing something they should not have done or failing to do something they should have done. This can include running a red light, failing to yield or speeding.
Like any auto accident, there can be numerous parties who are liable for a victim’s injuries. Who is responsible will depend on the cause of the accident, but can include any of the following parties:
- The cab driver: If the driver of the taxi was the cause of the auto accident, they could be held personally liable for the passenger’s injuries.
- Other motorists: If another driver hit the taxi or caused the cab driver to wreck, the other motorist could be responsible for compensation.
- The taxicab company: If the taxi driver was a fault for the accident, the cab company could also be held liable for the passenger’s injuries. Since taxi drivers are generally classified as employees of the taxi companies they work for, the taxi company can be held liable for the accidents caused by its drivers.
- Vehicle manufacturer: If there was a defect in the taxicab that contributed to the accident, the company that manufactured the vehicle could be held liable.
If both the taxi driver and the other motorist were at fault for the accident, the court will use comparative negligence to allocate damages. This is usually done as a percentage. For example, a jury may find the taxi driver to be 70% at fault and the other motorist is 30% at fault. Each party will then be responsible for paying their share of the damages.
If you were injured as a passenger in a taxicab accident, it’s a lot easier to prove your case than if you were hit by a cab driver. It’s considered a standard two-car accident if you get into a wreck with a cab, but the person bringing the claim must be able to prove who was liable for the accident and the extent of the damages.
As a passenger filing a claim, you would not be required to prove liability one way or the other. You would be filing a third party claim with the insurers of both parties and would recover from whichever of the two drivers ends up being declared at fault for the accident.
A person who is injured in an accident involving a taxicab can receive compensation for a number of things that include:
- Medical expenses (both current and the future)
- Pain and suffering from injuries
- Lost wages
- Emotional trauma
The city of Conroe has regulations in place for cab drivers in the city. The regulations are defined under chapter 74 of the city’s Code of Ordinances, and some of the chapter’s most notable topics include the following:
Taxicab business permit holder’s responsibility: A taxicab business that holds a permit is responsible for the actions of any taxicab driver or other employee operating under the permit. It is also unlawful for them to allow a driver to operate a taxi without a permit.
Taxicab driver responsibilities: A lawfully permitted taxi driver is responsible for the following:
- Ensuring they do not operate a taxicab while under the influence of drugs, alcohol or a combination of the two.
- Carrying the passengers to their destination by the most direct route available, unless directed by the passenger.
- Permitting no more than four passengers in the cab and no more than one person, in addition to the drive, in the front seat.
- It is unlawful for a driver to operate a taxi unless they have a permit.
Financial Responsibility: Every taxicab business and taxi vehicle is required to have the minimum amount of liability coverage. This coverage may include $30,000 per injury and $60,000 per accident. It is likely that if you are hit by a taxi or are severely injured as a taxi passenger, that the cab’s insurance will not be enough to compensate you for your injuries. Depending on the circumstances you may have to file a personal injury claim to be made whole again.
Conroe Code of Ordinances | Taxicabs- Visit this link to familiarize yourself with the laws taxi companies and drivers are required to abide by in Conroe. You can read the full text of the regulations mentioned on this page, as well as additional responsibilities for cab companies and drivers.
Houston Taxi Study- Read through a study conducted by the Tennessee Transportation & Logistics Foundation over taxis in the Houston area. The study looked at secret shopper reports and public intercept surveys to determine how taxi users in the Houston area feel about their services.
Personal Injury Attorney for Taxicab Accidents in Montgomery County, TX
If you were injured in a taxi accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Evans & Powell, PLLC is experienced with personal injury claims and we will do everything in our power to achieve the best possible outcome for your situation.
Call us today at (936) 622-2000 to schedule a free case consultation, or submit your information in the online contact form. Evans & Powell, PLLC represent clients with personal injury claims in communities across Montgomery County such as Oak Ridge North, Panorama Village, Willis, Cut and Shoot and other surrounding areas.