Glendale Taxi Accident Lawyers
Even with the invention of rideshare companies and carsharing services, Los Angeles still has a robust taxi network that continues to this day. As convenient and invaluable as these services are, they still share many dangers with rideshare companies. Taxi drivers can become distracted by GPS devices, cell phones, or from arguing with passengers, putting everyone on the road in danger. They are also pressured to compete with rideshare companies, which can lead to reckless driving habits like speeding, tailgating, and driving while fatigued.
If you were injured in a taxicab accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be eligible for full compensation for your trauma. Whether you were injured as a passenger or another driver, you should not hesitate to contact a skilled Glendale taxicab accident attorney at Aghabegian & Associates, PC. We can review all available auto insurance policies and advocate for your best interests in an accident claim. To discuss your case in a free case evaluation, call our office at (818) 507-4311.
As commercial carriers in California, taxicab drivers are held to a higher standard than most other people on the road, and they are categorized in the same way as bus drivers and train conductors. Normally, these vehicles are overseen by the California Public Utilities Commission, but taxis are overseen by individual city and county governments.
Here in Los Angeles County, taxicab companies must be approved by the city to operate in certain areas, such as San Fernando Valley or San Gabriel Valley. Currently, there are over 2,300 taxi cabs in Los Angeles and nine total permitted companies. These companies must be identified by the LA Taxicab Seal – otherwise, they are operating illegally in the city.
Alongside each company being approved by the city, taxi drivers must also have permits issued by the LA Department of Transportation (LADOT). Once approved, drivers are expected to follow specific taxi cab rules, the majority of which are meant to protect passengers and other drivers.
Despite these rules, taxi cabs are only as safe as the drivers behind the wheel. When someone drives commercially, they ultimately must balance the pressures of their job against the rules of the road. Drivers who transport passengers are held to a higher standard, but if they are not careful, they can let pressure and profits get the best of them.
Like rideshare drivers, taxicab drivers are paid by the trip, meaning they are motivated to take on more and more rides turn a profit. Many also receive new rides through their cell phones and use GPS devices to travel around Los Angeles County. Altogether, this can contribute to several reckless habits, including:
- Aggressive driving
- Dangerous maneuvers, such as illegal turns
- Distracted driving
- Driving while fatigued due to long work hours
California’s personal injury laws are very clear when it comes to auto accidents. If someone causes a collision, he is liable for compensating victims for any and all damages they suffered, including medical bills, property damage, mental anguish, and physical trauma. These same laws apply to taxicab accidents. If you were injured in a taxicab accident, then you will likely need to file a claim against one of these parties:
The Taxi Driver: If a taxicab driver acted negligently and caused a collision with another vehicle or piece of property, then a passenger could pursue a claim against the taxi’s insurance policy. Other drivers and pedestrians can also file claims if a cab driver hit them and caused their injuries.
The Taxicab Company: Taxicab companies are responsible for hiring drivers, maintaining vehicles, and overseeing routes. If a company allows an inexperienced or uncertified driver to get behind the wheel, then it can be found liable for negligent hiring. In addition, if the company is not approved by the City of Los Angeles, then it can be penalized for operating illegally.
Another Negligent Driver: If another driver collides with a taxicab, then a passenger could file a claim with that driver’s insurance company.
Just like other vehicles, taxicab services must have minimum insurance policies by California law. The California Public Utilities Division requires any vehicle that transports seven or fewer passengers to have at least $750,000 in liability insurance. Los Angeles goes a step further: in our city, companies must have city-approved policies that meet the city’s requirements for a common carrier. Depending on the taxicab involved in your accident, the liability policy may be larger than the state-required minimum.
After a crash, you are likely feeling shaken up, confused, and in a lot of pain from your injuries. A single collision with a negligent taxicab driver could impact every aspect of your life, from your ability to make a living to your favorite hobbies to your mental health. These costs can quickly add up, which is why you should not hesitate to contact a Glendale car accident attorney to discuss your claim.
At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we have more than 40 years of combined experience and have recovered more than $125 million for accident victims throughout Los Angeles County. We are dedicated to getting our clients the best deal after a collision, whether that means negotiating for an insurance settlement or taking a case to court to secure a jury verdict. If you have been injured in a taxi accident, reach out to our office at (818) 507-4311 and get a free case evaluation.
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