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Every day thousands of Houston residents hail taxi cabs get to work, enjoy a night on the town, get to a doctor’s appointment, or for a variety of other reasons. Houston taxi cab drivers are classified as common carriers. This means that taxi cab drivers owe their passengers a higher duty of care and protection than the average, non-commercial driver owes its passengers.

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Operating Requirements for Houston Taxi Cabs

The city of Houston imposes minimum operating requirements on all vehicles-for-hire, which includes taxi cabs and limousines, as well as on all transportation network companies and mobile dispatch services, such as Uber and Lyft. Under these regulations, taxi cabs and other vehicles that transport passengers for compensation must, among other requirements:

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  • Submit their vehicle to inspections for roadworthiness
  • Carry commercial automobile liability insurance in the amount of $1 million per accident
  • Pass pre-licensing physicals, warrant checks and drug testing
  • Receive and pass driver instruction training
  • Not utilize cell phones while driving, unless it is an approved hands-free device

In addition, Houston taxi cab drivers may not drive more than 12 hours in any 24-hour period.

Recovery for Personal Injuries Sustained in Houston Taxi Cab Accidents

If you are injured in a Houston taxi cab accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation not only from the taxi cab driver himself but, if he is not classified as an independent contractor, from his employer as well. The taxi cab driver’s employer may be liable to pay for your injuries under the theory of vicarious liability, which states that employers are responsible for negligent acts or omissions by their employees, provided those actions occur during the course of the employees’ work.

Such actions that could cause the taxi cab driver’s employer to be held liable for your injuries include:

  • Use of a cell phone while driving
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, especially if the taxi cab company knew the driver had failed a drug test in the past
  • Failure to receive proper driving instruction
  • Failure to maintain roadworthiness of the taxi cab

In addition, the taxi cab company can be held liable for its own negligent acts or omissions, such as:

  • Failure to maintain the roadworthiness of its taxi cab fleet
  • Failure to perform required drug testing of taxi cab drivers
  • Knowingly allowing an employee who did not pass driving instructions to drive the taxi cab

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Houston Car Accident Claims:From Start To Finish

An Interactive Guide

CRUNCH!

You hear metal crumpling. Someone just hit your car. Maybe they ran a red light or lost control of their vehicle. Maybe you were rear-ended by a teenage driver on her cellphone.

Either way, you’re angry and frustrated. You have things to do. Places to go. But now, you're standing beside your damaged vehicle waiting for the police to arrive. You start to feel some neck pain.

All that to say: A single, unexpected moment changed everything.

A car accident can strike at any time. Whether you are on your way to work or headed to the store, it doesn’t matter. It’s moments like these that cause the government to require everyone to buy insurance.

A Guide For All Car Accident Victims

In this guide, you will learn:

  • How To Handle Yourself When Disaster Strikes
  • How To Ensure The At-Fault Insurance Company Covers Any Property Damage And Injury Expenses.
  • What Injury Lawyers Do And How They Can Help You.
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Get To Safety

Prevent Further Damage & Injury

If you find yourself in the middle of the intersection or on the freeway, you first priority is to move all persons (and vehicles if possible) out of the way of oncoming oncoming traffic.

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Survey The Damage

Call The Police + Gather Evidence

After getting to safety, you should immediately dial 911. Make sure to alert the dispatcher if there are any serious injuries.

As you wait for help to arrive, you have 3 goals:

  • Identify Extent of Injuries
  • Identify Witnesses
  • Identify Vehicle Damage

Pro Tip: Use your cell phone to record a statement from the other driver, as well as to store contact information for the other driver and any witnesses.

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Get Medical Help

Your Health Is #1

After emergency help arrives, it is important to seek medical treatment. Even if you don’t feel injured, it is important to get checked out for any internal injuries.

Be sure to go in for any follow-up checkups or procedures.


Pro Tip: If you wait before seeking medical treatment, the at-fault insurance company may argue that your injury wasn’t serious and that you don’t deserve compensation for medical expenses.

Common Internal
Injuries

  • Whiplash
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Broken Ribs
  • Punctured Lungs
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Hire An Injury Lawyer

Save Time. Get Compensated.

Hiring an injury lawyer after a serious accident is one of the best things you can do. Injury lawyers take care of all communication and negotiation with insurance companies. This frees up your time to focus on recovering.

At our law firm, we offer free initial consultations to all Houston residents. Just fill out our contact form — or give us a call to schedule a convenient time for you. We’ll listen to your story and offer our advice.


Pro Tip: Never accept a settlement without consulting a lawyer, especially if injury is involved. Once you accept a settlement, you can never recover anything further in the future.

Time Is Of The Essence

 

In most cases, you have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. This is called the Statute of Limitations.

Certain exceptions can extend and/or shorten a limitations period.

If the victim is a minor, the limitations may be extended until they are 18 years old.

If you are in an accident caused by a governmental entity in Texas, the statute of limitations may be much shorter — ranging from a few months to six months.

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File Your Claim

Notify Your Insurance Company

It is important to notify your insurance company about the accident as soon as possible.

Many insurance companies allow you to file your claim online. Otherwise, call the number listed on your insurance card.

Be sure to keep track of all adjuster names and contact information.

Pro Tip: There may be multiple active insurance policies that can cover you. For example, if the other driver didn’t have insurance, your own Uninsured Motorist coverage could kick in. An experienced attorney can help identify these policies & maximize your recovery.


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Learn Fault Factors

Pro Tip: Do not give any recorded statements until you have the opportunity to consult with legal counsel.

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Call the Houston Taxi Cab Accident Lawyers at Baumgartner Law Firm

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as the result of taxi cab accident, our Houston car accident lawyers are ready to help. For almost 30 years the Houston taxi cab accident lawyers at Baumgartner Law Firm have helped thousands of car accident victims recover damages for their injuries. Let us put our experience and dedication to work for you.

Call Baumgartner Law Firm today at (281) 587-1111. We are happy to provide you with a free consultation.