Whether you’re traveling for work or out for a night on a town, the last thing you need is to be involved in a taxi accident.
Two Broad Types of Taxi Accidents
Broadly speaking, there are two types of taxi accidents. The first occurs when a taxi you are riding in is involved in an accident. The second type occurs when a taxi strikes a vehicle you are riding in or you are hit as a pedestrian. These general types of taxi accidents occur under the same circumstances as other accidents, in both crowded city centers and in suburban streets.
Fault As A Basis For Further Classifying Taxi Accidents
Within the two broad categories of taxi accidents, further classification can be done by factoring in fault. Fault is another word for blame or responsibility. It matters greatly if the taxi driver was the party responsible for the occurrence of an accident. For example, if the taxi driver is at fault for an accident, you may be able to sue both the driver and the company the taxi driver works for to recover compensation for personal injuries, property damage, pain and suffering, lost income due to missed work, and other damages.
Taxi Cabs Are Common Carriers
The law treats taxicabs as common carriers. A common carrier is a company or individual that solicits patronage from the public in the business of providing transportation in exchange for a fee. Examples include airlines, railroads, cruise lines, buses, and taxis. Common carrier status is important because common carriers are held to a higher standard of care than ordinary transportation vehicles. Specifically, a common carrier must use the “utmost care and diligence” for the safe carriage of patrons. This is because it is regarded as a privilege that carries immense responsibility to serve the public. As such, common carriers must be held accountable for breaches of this sacred duty of care.
What to Do If You Have Been Involved In A Taxi Accident
If you have been involved in a taxi accident in Nevada, reach out to an experienced Las Vegas taxi accident lawyer as soon as possible. You may be able to recover compensation from at-fault parties, including the taxi driver, the taxi driver’s company, and other negligent or reckless drivers involved. The range of compensation may include the cost of medical treatment for personal injuries, car repairs or replacement, lost income due to missed work, pain and suffering, and other losses.
The De Castroverde Law Group provides experienced legal representation to taxi accident victims. Nevada limits the time to file a suit against an at-fault taxi driver or other responsible party, so contact our dedicated team as soon as possible to discuss your case and legal options.