Were you recently involved in an accident with a taxi cab in Houston, Texas? If you’ve suffered injuries, you could be entitled to compensation from the taxi driver, taxi company, or other negligent parties. The experienced Houston taxi accident lawyers at Attorney Brian White & Associates are prepared to help you fight to get the money you deserve.
Give our law firm in Houston a call to arrange a free consultation. We’ll gladly sit down with you to discuss your case and legal options. If you have questions, our team will do our best to answer them and put your mind at ease. Your initial case evaluation is free, so call now.
Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer After a Taxi Accident?
Despite the fact that rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have gained popularity in recent years, cabs are still preferred by many people in Houston. Sometimes it’s just easier to hail a cab when you’re downtown or call a taxi when you’ve landed at the airport. No smartphone, no app required. While taxis offer a convenient way to travel in and around Houston, they’re not always the safest option.
When you are involved in an accident with a taxi cab in Houston, you could be entitled to compensation. That’s true whether you were a passenger in the back seat, crossing the road as a pedestrian, or inside of another vehicle. However, getting money in your hands can be challenging. There could be a number of different parties involved. None of them will want to accept responsibility and pay up. So, you’ll have to be strong and back your demands with proof.
Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney can make your pursuit of compensation much easier and much more successful.
At Attorney Brian White & Associates, our accomplished legal team has more than 45 years of experience standing up for accident victims in Houston. We appreciate how devastating an unexpected car accident injury can be. We also know what difference money can make – both in the short term and for years to come. That’s why we are prepared to roll up our sleeves and do whatever it takes to secure a substantial monetary award on your behalf.
When you’ve been injured in a taxi cab accident in Houston and turn to us for help, we will:
- Carefully investigate the circumstances of your accident
- Gather evidence to prove a causal link between the cab accident and your injuries
- Determine who, other than the taxi cab driver, might be legally and financially responsible for your damages
- Seek compensation from all liable parties
- Stand up to protect you and your ability to recover compensation when other parties point fingers and try to blame you, and
- Handle all communication with taxi cab companies, insurance companies, and other interested parties.
Our goal will be to negotiate a favorable settlement on your behalf. However, our accomplished trial lawyers will make it clear that going to court will always be an option. Our track record in court is well-known across the state. Our successes can be a huge asset to you as we sit down to negotiate. At-fault parties will think twice before taking their chances against our team in front of a jury. This means better odds of getting a substantial monetary settlement.
Want to learn more about how our team can help you after your taxicab accident in Houston, TX? Give us a call. Your first consultation is free.
Aggressive Cab Drivers Can Cause Taxi Accidents
When you hop into the back of a cab or drive alongside a taxi, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting hurt. Taxicab drivers should know Houston’s roads well and have considerable training and expertise behind the wheel. Unfortunately, taxi cabs are involved in motor vehicle accidents in Houston quite often. Many times, it’s due to the dangerous practices and behaviors of cab drivers.
Cab driver behaviors that might contribute to an accident include:
- Speeding, either to complete a ride or pick up a fare
- Racing to beat a red light at an intersection
- Stopping or standing in traffic to allow a passenger to enter or exit the vehicle
- Tailgating other vehicles
- Changing lanes without signaling
- Constantly moving from one lane to another
- Failing to yield the right of way to other traffic
- Distracted driving, and
- Driving under the influence.
One important thing to know is that taxis are considered to be common carriers in the state of Texas. This basically means that taxi drivers have a heightened duty of care. They have to use more care and caution while driving than other drivers on the road.
That’s because they’re being paid to transport someone from one place to another. In exchange for compensation, the passengers are expecting a safe journey. Establishing negligence of a common carrier can, in turn, sometimes be easier than establishing the negligence of other parties.
Who Other Than the Taxi Driver Might Be Liable For My Car Accident?
Taxi drivers can, and do, contribute to taxi cab accidents in Houston. However, not all of these accidents are the fault of the taxi driver. Other parties can share some or all of the blame, too.
Taxi Companies: When a taxi driver is employed by a company, that company can potentially be on the hook for consequences of accidents involving that driver. Note that companies are not liable if cab drivers are independent contractors.
Companies also have a responsibility to use care when hiring, training, and supervising their drivers. Errors in management that contribute to an accident can expose the company to liability. Additionally, taxi companies have a responsibility to purchase safe vehicles, inspect them regularly, and address any safety concerns as soon as they arise. If a dangerous vehicle causes an accident, once again, the company can be on the hook.
Other Drivers: Taxi cabs don’t drive in a vacuum. Rather, cabs share the road with other cars, motorcycles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. The drivers of those vehicles also have to use care and drive safely. If another driver’s negligence causes an accident with a cab, that driver (and their insurance provider) can be responsible for the consequences.
Bicyclists and Pedestrians: Whether the driver is waiting for a fare or traveling, taxis spend a lot of time at and near intersections. Intersections are where a lot of accidents, particularly those involving bicyclists and pedestrians, take place. Sometimes those accidents happen because those other parties don’t exercise care when crossing the road or stepping out into traffic. If that’s the case, they can be on the hook for any harm that occurs.
Government Agencies: Taxis travel on roads that are maintained by government agencies. Those agencies have a responsibility to keep the roads in a safe condition. If the road has a defect or is in a hazardous condition, the agency can be held responsible if there’s an accident.
What Damages Can I Get If I’m Injured In a Taxi Accident?
The costs of a taxi accident can add up – and fast. Severe injuries – including brain trauma, spinal cord damage, amputations, and neck injuries – can generate tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Those same injuries can cause tremendous suffering and prevent you from going back to work – temporarily or forever. Fortunately, if someone else is responsible for your taxi accident, they can be held financially accountable for your costs.
Attorney Brian White & Associates will aggressively pursue damages to compensate for all of your injuries. This can include money for:
- Medical bills
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost income and wages
- Wrongful death, and more.
Our attorneys won’t let insurance providers, taxi companies, or other parties push you around or bully you into taking less money than your accident claim is worth. We’ll work hard and, with the help of experts, gather substantial proof to back our demands for compensation.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Taxi Accident in Texas?
In Texas, state law requires that car accident lawsuits are filed within two years of the date of injury. Missing the deadline imposed by the statute of limitations will mean missing out on valuable compensation. So, do not hesitate to reach out to our law office for immediate assistance after you get hurt. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get started on your case.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Houston Taxi Accident Lawyers
Were you or a loved one recently injured in a taxi accident in Houston? If so, contact Attorney Brian White & Associates to discuss your case and learn about your legal options. Our car accident lawyers have more than 45 years of experience fighting on behalf of crash victims like you. Our dedication and tenacity have allowed us to recover millions of dollars on their behalves. When you need our help, we’ll work tirelessly to get you the money you deserve.
Your first consultation is free, so give our Houston law office a call to arrange a time to sit down and chat today.