Why taxi accidents occur
Taxi drivers have a reputation for aggressively driving in order to get more fares and make more money. While certainly some cabbies exercise caution and drive safely, there are plenty more who don’t. Negligent driving on the part of cab drivers is often the reason taxi accidents occur. Speeding, weaving, failing to yield, running stop signs and lights, talking on cell phones or to dispatch, and driving while fatigued or under the influence of drugs or alcohol are common causes of taxi accidents in Phoenix.
Another reason taxis sometimes get into accidents is that they are not being maintained properly by the company that owns them. Cab companies try to keep their vehicles on the road 24 hours a day to maximize revenues. The taxis are often driven for these long hours without proper maintenance, which can lead to safety issues.
Taxis in Arizona Are Required by Law to Carry Sufficient Insurance
All taxis in Arizona are required to be covered be covered by an insurance policy of $300,000 or more, depending on passenger capacity. The policy must include coverage for personal liability, property damage, and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
How to recover for your losses in a taxi accident
If you or someone in your family has been injured in a crash involving a taxi, you will need to retain the services of a taxi accident attorney in Phoenix to represent you in making your claim to be compensated for your losses. An experienced attorney will carefully review the taxi’s maintenance records to try to discover if there has been negligence in maintaining a safe vehicle, such as keeping the tires properly inflated, replacing brake pads, and so forth. Your attorney will also look into the possibility of defects in parts or equipment installed in the taxi that might have contributed to the accident. But the most frequent cause of taxi accidents is negligent behavior on the part of a driver who drives recklessly or carelessly or when impaired by fatigue, substances, or distractions.
Experienced Phoenix taxi accident lawyers can help
The Phoenix taxi accident attorneys at Wattel and York have the experience, the resources, and the commitment to justice that you need to win a recovery sufficient to compensate you for your present and future medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other losses from the accident.
Call Wattel and York today for a free, no-obligation case analysis and consultation. It will cost you nothing to talk to us, retain us, or have us pursue your case all the way to the courtroom if necessary. You pay nothing unless we win money for you.