San Diego Taxi Cab Accidents Attorneys
California Car Accident Lawyers
Passengers in taxi cabs are vulnerable to the same hazards as anyone riding in a motor vehicle. Taxi cab passengers can be injured or even killed even though they are typically riding in the back seat. Taxis, however, are considered a “common carrier” by the law and are held to a higher standard than most drivers, especially in the context of a car accident. Under California law, taxi drivers are responsible for using the “utmost care and diligence” when transporting passengers.
Taxi cab owners are also required to keep vehicles in a fit condition to safely transport passengers. When these things do not occur, taxi owners can be held responsible. At Martinez & Schill LLP, our San Diego taxi accident attorneys are skilled in building strong cases to advocate for our clients' interests. We make sure you receive full compensation for your injuries when you are involved in a taxi cab accident.
Taxi Cab Negligence in California
The law is clear in California that taxi cab operators can be held negligent for even a small degree of carelessness. Unfortunately, carelessness among taxi drivers is not uncommon. Because taxis charge by distance and not by time, taxi cab drivers have an incentive to drive fast and sometimes carelessly. If they are able to get to your destination faster, they can take more trips and make more money. This is a common cause of taxi accidents and drivers are liable when passengers are injured because of it. Cab drivers can also be considered liable for an accident if they are fatigued from a long shift, do not obey traffic rules and signs, or are using drugs or alcohol.
Additionally, if a taxi cab is not properly maintained, it can also be hazardous for passengers. If, for example, the brakes are worn out and need to be replaced, the cab may be unable to stop and cause a rear-end collision or another type of car accident. Skimping on maintenance costs may save money, but it also exposes cab drivers and owners to liability and passengers to unnecessary risk.
If you have been involved in a taxi accident, contact our taxi accident lawyers to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We have offices that are located in San Diego and Riverside. Should your injuries make travel difficult, we will make arrangements to come to you. Our services are provided on a contingency basis for all of our personal injury cases, which means you only pay us when we win your case.