Florida attracts millions of tourists each year, with many of them relying upon taxicabs to get them about and around their destination spots. Especially in major cities such as Miami, Key West, and Fort Lauderdale, taxicabs are an extremely popular mode of transportation for tourists and locals alike. However, they can be extremely dangerous. Not surprisingly, many people believe that taxicab drivers are more experienced than your average driver and as such, are safer than others when behind the wheel. As a result, people sometimes fail to take essential precautions when riding in a cab, such as wearing a seatbelt. Unfortunately, numerous people in Florida become injured each year in taxicab accidents, the more serious of which involve those who were not wearing their seatbelt at the time of the accident.
Overall, it is important to realize that taxi drivers, like others, are just as “accident prone” as the rest of society and fall prey to the same distractions and other things that can cause an accident. In fact, the state of Florida, recognizing the inherent dangers associated with taxicabs, excludes them from the state’s no-fault insurance law. This means that if a person sustains injuries in a taxicab-related accident due to driver negligence, our auto accident lawyers in Miami can help them recover monetary damages without having to prove permanent injury.
While not every accident can be avoided, having knowledge as to the most common causes can help you take certain preventative measures to protect you and your loved ones. Accordingly, the following is a list that you should consider, while not exhaustive, of the various causes of taxicab-related accidents in Florida:
• Paying attention to the cab dispatch radio and not to the road • Talking on a cell phone • Texting or emailing others • Careless, aggressive and/or reckless driving • Pulling over in an unsafe location to pick up and/or drop off passengers • Driving while sleep deprived
• Taking shifts at hours that they are not accustomed to • Weaving in and out of traffic to satisfy a client who is pressuring them to speed up • Speeding and cutting others off to get the next customer • Focusing on the fare meter and not on the road • Driving while overtired or impaired • Improper maintenance of the taxi cab (i.e. failing to make needed repairs)
• The negligence (including distractions) of other drivers • Failure of other drivers to consider that taxis pull over and stop a lot, which can lead to side and rear-end collisions
If you have been injured in a taxi cab related accident in Florida, you may be entitled to recover money damages for the full extent of your loss. The Miami Car Accident Attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano are available now to answer all of your questions as well as to assist you in making informed decisions during all aspects of your case. We have handled numerous taxicab accidents in Florida and know first-hand the steps necessary to optimize your chances of recovery. This may include pursuing a claim against the driver and also, his or her employer due to negligent hiring or other civil wrongs. Call us at either (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400, or feel free to contact us online to find out how our client-oriented and individualized approach can work for you.