Taxi Cab and Rideshare Accident
Unfortunately, the negligence of taxicab drivers and rideshare drivers commonly results in injuries to fare paying customers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other users of the roadways. This is especially true in the City of Chicago where thousands of taxicabs and rideshare drivers flood the congested streets on a daily basis. More than 2 million people take cabs in the city of Chicago each week. A recent City of Chicago Pedestrian Crash Analysis revealed that taxicabs were involved in 28% of pedestrian crashes in the Central Business District (CBD) in in downtown Chicago – an area which includes the Loop, River North, and the Gold Coast neighborhoods. There are over 9,500 taxicab drivers in the City of Chicago alone. This number of taxi drivers is actually down as the number of rideshare drivers skyrockets. Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft face their own issues as many of the drivers lack extensive training and, in some cases, sufficient background checks to ensure the safety of their customers.
Unlike other forms of transportation, taxicab and rideshare drivers have an incentive to get their customers to their requested destination as quickly as possible. The income of taxicab and rideshare drivers depends on how many fares they have in day. Delivering a customer to a requested destination quickly allows the taxicab or rideshare driver to pick up new customers and earn more fares and tips. Thus, the faster these drivers drive, the more money they make. This often results in “professional” drivers exceeding the speed limit, failing to keep a proper look out for pedestrians and bicyclists, and other careless driving behavior.
Taxicab and rideshare collisions continue to occur at a rapid rate despite the City of Chicago’s best effort to eliminate the presence of careless drivers. Collisions often result in severe injuries, including broken bones, spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries and even death. This can result in the injured person or their family incurring massive medical bills and significant lost wages. If you are injured as a result of a negligent taxicab driver, Uber driver or Lyft driver, you are entitled to compensation for past, present and future medical bills as well as past and future lost wages, loss of a normal life, disfigurement and past and future emotional pain and suffering.
The attorneys at Keating Law Offices have seen a rapid increase in the amount of hit-and-runs involving taxicab and rideshare drivers. A hit-and-run collision requires an immediate investigation in order to identify the driver. The attorneys at Keating Law Offices and our team of investigators have extensive experience investigating hit and run collisions and successfully identifying the hit and run drivers in order to hold them accountable for their negligence.
Common Taxicab Accident Injuries
- Brain and Head Injuries
- Neck and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Facial Injuries
- Psychological Injuries