Taxi and Limo Car Accidents
Limousines, town cars, taxi cabs, and other vehicles for hire. Many people use transportation services for convenience, safety, and reliability. Whether it’s a wedding or a bachelor party, or transportation to and from the airport, transportation services are frequently used so people don’t have to deal with the hassles that come with driving. But we’ve all seen it: taxis running red lights, limos making dangerous turns, or town cars failing to yield. Car accidents with transportation services have become all but inevitable.
Houston has around 2,400 taxis and 1,700 limos and town cars or similar cars for hire to meet the needs of its 2.3 million residents, and over 31 million annual visitors. The launch of transportation and ridesharing apps, allowing
passengers to book transportation at the tap of a button, has only increased the demand for transportation services in the Houston area. As the demand for transportation services has increased, so too has the number of accidents involving these services. So, who’s to blame in a limo, town car or taxi accident? The cause might be unknown to a victim immediately after an accident, but drivers and their companies will almost always deny any wrongdoing – they might even try to place the blame on the victim or victims. Companies have also been known to blame their drivers, arguing that they are independent contractors instead of employees, and therefore, the company is not responsible for their actions. A board certified personal injury trial attorney is vital in these situations to help victims navigate the blame game.
There are state and federal regulations designed to protect passengers, drivers, other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. However, transportation service drivers are often pressured (and even expected) by their companies to bend and even break important rules in order to increase the company’s profits and keep up with the increasing demand. Companies can also violate regulations by:
- · Failing to properly inspect or maintain a vehicle
- · Negligently hiring drivers with a history of accidents, traffic violations, or substance abuse
- · Creating unrealistic schedules that encourage drivers to speed or engage in other reckless driving behaviors
Michael P. Fleming is an injury attorney who knows how to navigate and stop the blame game that many of these companies and drivers try to play. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a limousine, town car, or taxi cab, you should immediately contact an attorney at Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. to discuss your claim. Don’t allow these companies or their drivers to mislead you or delay your claim, call the lawyers at Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. today.