Houston Taxi Cab Accident Lawyer
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.
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:
- 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
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.