Many people in the Twin Cities area rely on taxi cabs to get from one place to another. If a cab gets into an accident, it’s important to know what obligations the drivers and companies have to their passengers.
What are the obligations of taxi drivers and companies?
Taxi cab drivers and taxi companies owe a duty to their passengers to keep them safe during rides. Unfortunately, just like any other vehicle, taxis can get into car accidents. Taxi drivers are expected to safely drive and get their passengers to their destinations. Along with the taxi company, a cab driver could be held liable for an accident if it was caused by their negligence or recklessness.
Who is liable for a taxi cab accident?
Sometimes, it might be challenging to know who is liable for a taxi cab accident. Liability depends on the circumstances of the accident, who is at fault and who owns the cab that was involved in the collision.
In a situation of a taxi company-owned cab that gets into an accident, the taxi company could be held liable based on the factors leading up to the accident. For example, if the company was negligent in the hiring process and didn’t properly screen prospective drivers or properly train them, the company could be held liable.
If the taxi driver rents a cab from a taxi company and gets into an accident due to their own fault, the driver and company could both be held liable for a passenger’s injuries.
In some cases, the driver might own their own taxi cab. In that situation, if they get into a vehicle accident that results in injuries to a passenger, they would be liable for the damages.
If you were a passenger in a cab that got into a crash and you suffered injuries as a result, you might want to know your options for protecting your rights.