Houston, Texas Taxi and Limo Accident Attorneys
Limousines, town cars, taxi cabs, and other vehicles for hire are often at fault in car accidents.
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.
Taxis and Limos are Popular
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 on their smartphone, 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 Texas board certified personal injury trial attorney is vital in these situations to help victims navigate the blame game.
You have Protection Under the Law
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.
There companies 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
Texas drivers may also cause accidents by failing to yield or obey traffic signals, or being negligent, reckless, intoxicated, fatigued, or distracted while driving.
Michael P. Fleming is a Houston 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 our attorneys to discuss your claim.
Don’t allow these companies or their drivers to mislead you or delay your claim.