Houston is a “car city,” and for many people, that means they get around by taxi cab. Some people do not own cars, and it is their primary source of transportation. Others use them to responsibly get home after a night out. In addition to normal cab services in Houston, like Yellow Cab or Fiesta Cab, there is growing popularity of ridesharing apps, like Lyft, and towncar services that work like cabs, like Uber.
Taxis owe other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians the same duty as any other driver to operate their vehicle in a reasonable manner. Additionally, these services are “common carriers,” which means they owe a high duty of care to their passengers.
Houston Taxi Accident Lawyer
If you were injured in an accident involving a taxi cab, either as another driver, cyclist or pedestrian or as a passenger, you may have a right to receive compensation for any damages you incurred, including hospital bills, lost wages or property damage to your vehicle. An aggressive Houston car accident lawyer from Ben Bronston & Associates can fight for you to obtain the recovery you deserve.
Ben Bronston & Associates represents the victims of accidents involving cabs and other common carriers throughout the Houston area, including the Galleria Area, Downtown, Midtown, Montrose and Energy Corridor, as well as victims of cab accidents at Bush Intercontinental Airport and Hobby Airport. Call (713) 225-5236 or 713-CALL-BEN for our Houston office.
We will set up a free consultation. We work on a contingency basis, which means that if you don’t recover, we don’t get paid.
Information for Cab Driver Accidents in Texas
- Injuries by Harris County Cab Drivers to Others on the Road
- Taxi Passenger Injuries
- Dealing with the Insurance Company
Injuries by Harris County Cab Drivers to Others on the Road
Taxis frequently go fast, hoping to catch the next fare. This can be especially challenging since Houston is so sprawling. In their hurry, a cab may not drive the way a responsible driver should. They may drive beyond the speed limit, roll through or run stop signs or traffic signals, erratically change lanes or engage in other careless driving habits.
In doing this, they may cause an accident through negligence. Negligence means a person had a duty, breached that duty, that the breach was the actual and legal cause of damages and that the plaintiff, or person suing, suffered damages.
It is a taxi driver’s duty, under Texas law, to drive a reasonable person would. A reasonable driver would not break traffic laws.
Taxi Passenger Injuries
When you get in a taxi cab, limo or towncar, you expect to be safe. Drivers have a high duty of care as “common carriers.” If you are a passenger in a cab that is involved in an accident that was the fault of the taxi driver, you can recover.
However, that duty extends beyond auto accidents. Taxi drivers must stop at a place that is reasonably safe for the passenger to get out. If a passenger is injured due to a defect caused by lack of maintenance, the passenger can seek recovery from the taxi cab company.
Dealing with the Insurance Company
Taxis are required by Houston City Code Sec. 46-67 to carry an insurance policy. In most cases, these means accident victims will actually be dealing with an insurance company, rather than a cab company. The insurance company may offer a settlement, and say it’s the best you will do.
Do not believe them. A skilled auto accident attorney will negotiate to seek an amount that truly covers your injuries, and can take them to court if they do not offer a sufficient settlement.
Finding the Best Houston Attorney for a Taxi Cab Accident
If you were injured in an accident involving a taxi cab, you may have a right to be compensated. An experienced Houston taxi accident lawyer from Ben Bronston & Associates will take on the insurance company, seeking a settlement or verdict that compensates you for your injuries. Call today at (713) 225-5236 or 713-CALL-BEN to set up a consultation.