5 Little Known Facts about Taxicab Accidents
1.) Taxicabs in the City of Chicago are required to have at least $350,000.00 in insurance coverage for injuries caused to passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other users of the roadway (compared to a mere $20,000.00 requirement for motorists operating private vehicles on the roadway);
2.) Taxicabs are considered “common carriers” in Illinois. This means that they have a heightened duty to protect their passengers. In Illinois, common carriers have a duty to use the “highest degree of care” to keep their passengers safe. This heightened duty makes it easier for an injured passenger to establish liability on the taxicab driver for injuries and damages;
3.) There are multiple individuals and entities that can be liable for injuries or damages caused to others by taxicab drivers. In addition to the taxicab driver being liable for injuries and damages, the owner of the taxicab, owner of the taxicab medallion, and the taxicab affiliation (for example “Yellow Cab”) can be held liable depending on the facts of the collision.
4.) Taxicab drivers in Chicago are not employees of the taxi affiliation displayed on the outside of their vehicle. This is yet another reason that obtaining compensation for injuries and damages due to the negligence of a taxicab driver can be complex.
5.) All City of Chicago taxicabs are required to be equipped with a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) system that tracks the movement of on-duty taxicabs. The GPS data can be used to identify taxicab drivers involved in hit-and-run collisions.
Obtaining compensation for injuries and damages caused by the negligence of a taxicab driver can be extremely complex. The complexity of collisions involving taxicabs makes it imperative that you contact an attorney immediately to protect your rights. The taxicab attorneys at Keating Law Offices, P.C. have extensive experience pursing negligent taxicab drivers and recovering full and fair compensation for their clients.
Common Taxicab Accident Injuries
- Brain and Head Injuries
- Neck and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Facial Injuries
- Psychological Injuries