Taxi cabs help commuters and residents get around Maryland, especially in crowded cities like Baltimore where parking spaces come at a premium. But while taxis provide a valuable service, they can also get into serious accidents. If you or one of your family members was injured in a Maryland taxi cab accident, you should talk to an experienced attorney about filing a claim. You may have a case against the taxi driver, the driver of the other vehicle, the cab company, or other parties who played a role in causing your accident, like negligent mechanics or auto manufacturers.
Get trusted legal guidance on your taxi accident claim in Maryland. For a free consultation with our experienced cab injury lawyer, call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291, or contact us online for assistance. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help evaluate whether you have a case.
Causes of Taxi Cab Accidents
Taxi accidents, like other auto accidents, are often caused by a combination of multiple human errors. For example, a taxi driver might cause an accident by driving while intoxicated. Afterward, an investigation may reveal that the driver had a history of drunk driving, but was never properly screened or background-checked by the employer. In this scenario, there were several errors that led to the victim’s accident, with multiple parties sharing partial fault for their contributing roles.
The above scenario is just one possible example of the many ways that a cab driver or cab company could be liable for a passenger’s injuries, or for the injuries of others who were hurt in the crash, such as cyclists, pedestrians, and the occupants of other vehicles. Other ways that negligence and carelessness can lead to a taxi accident include:
- Failing to check mirrors
- Failing to use turn signals
- Failing to follow speed limits
- Failing to adjust speed for icy roads, heavy fog, or similar conditions
- Failing to yield to others
- Failing to use the proper lane
- Failing to stop at a stop sign or red light
- Driving or turning the wrong way
- Distracted driving
- Intoxicated driving
- Failing to inspect or maintain vehicles
- Aggressive driving
- Reckless driving
- Texting while driving
- Driving while fatigued
Common Passenger Crash Injuries
Auto accidents are responsible for millions of injuries every year in the United States. Like anyone who gets into a car or van, the passenger in a taxi accident is at risk of serious injury when a crash occurs. The risk of severe injury is especially great in a high-speed collision, though low-speed accidents are also capable of causing injury. Types of taxi injury claims that our attorney can assist you with in Maryland include:
- Broken bones (bone fractures), such as skull fractures or pelvic fractures
- Burn injuries
- Chest and abdominal injuries
- Cuts, scrapes, and bruises
- Facial injuries
- Foot and ankle injuries
- Hand and wrist injuries
- Injuries that cause permanent scarring, impairment, or disability
- Internal injuries and internal bleeding
- Loss of fingers, toes, thumbs, or limbs
- Road rash injuries
- Shoulder, neck, and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) and SCI-related paralysis
- Torn ligaments and dislocated joints
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), including concussions
- Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries
- Wrongful death
Can You Sue a Taxi Company in Maryland?
Taxi drivers have a responsibility to drive safely and obey the rules of the road. When a cab driver makes careless or reckless decisions behind the wheel, passengers, pedestrians, and others can be seriously hurt. If the negligence of a cab driver causes an accident, the victims can sue to recover costs associated with their injuries. If the accident is fatal, the victim’s spouse or other surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Cab drivers are not the only motorists who are responsible for driving carefully. All drivers are expected to follow the law, including motorcyclists and bus drivers. We can investigate your accident to determine who was at fault for the crash, then vigorously pursue damages from all negligent parties. You may be entitled to compensation for various medical bills, in addition to lost wages, diminished future earning capacity, pain and suffering, and, in wrongful death cases, the expenses associated with burial and funeral services.
Call Our Maryland Taxi Cab Accident Attorney
At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, we are committed to handling your case with the utmost degree of care and professionalism. When you hire our attorney, you can expect strategy-minded representation, clear communication, caring support, and tireless advocacy for you and your family.
If you or one of your loved ones was in a cab accident in Maryland, or got hit by a taxi driver, talk to our attorney about your legal options. You may have a case for damages. For a free legal consultation, call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291, or contact us online today.