Chicago Taxi Accident Lawyers
Chicago is the third largest city in America and has nearly 40 million visitors each year. Although ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft have become a popular means of transportation, tourists, business travelers, and residents still rely on the nearly 9,500 licensed Chicago taxi drivers to get around the city.
In Illinois, taxicabs are considered common carriers, which means that drivers owe their passengers “the highest degree of care consistent with the type of vehicle used in the practical operation of its business.” However, Chicago taxicab drivers are often in a rush and are notorious for their aggressive and reckless driving.
If you have been hurt in an accident caused by the negligence or recklessness of a taxi driver, contact the Chicago taxi accident lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. to discuss your options for obtaining the maximum compensation possible for your injuries. Call today at (312) 236-2900 to receive a free, no-obligation consultation.
Taxi Accidents By the Numbers
Accidents involving taxis result in serious injuries to other motorists, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians each year. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 4,129 accidents involving taxis in Chicago in 2014 resulting in 830 injuries and three deaths.
The prevalence of taxis in the busy streets of downtown Chicago means that a lot of taxi accidents involve pedestrians and cyclists. Based on data from the City of Chicago, taxis were involved in 8.4 percent of bicycle crashes and 6.7 percent of pedestrian crashes from 2005 to 2010.
A 2011 analysis of pedestrian-auto accidents revealed that the most crashes occur in Chicago’s Central Business District (CBD). Not surprisingly, taxis were involved in a disproportionate amount of pedestrian crashes in this area. In fact, taxis were involved in 28 percent of pedestrian accidents in the CBD compared to a low 2 percent outside of this area.
The City of Chicago relies on the complaint process and traffic courts to keep dangerous taxi drivers off the road. However, an investigation by the Chicago Tribune in 2011 revealed that the city’s review system failed to take reckless taxi drivers off the street. Moreover, a debate over rideshare legislation in 2014 exposed the content and pervasiveness of complaints Chicagoans have made against the city’s taxi drivers.
According to reports, an average of 29 complaints were filed daily against Chicago taxicab drivers between February and April of that year. Of those complaints, approximately 53 percent involved reckless behavior such as running red lights, texting while driving, and driving the wrong way down a one-way street.
Chicago passed safety reforms that went into effect in 2012. Those include:
- Taxi drivers with three moving violations in a 12-month period shall have their license renewal denied.
- Taxi drivers are prohibited from driving more than 12 consecutive hours each day.
Legal Options if You Are Injured in a Chicago Taxi Accident
Under Chicago’s public vehicle industry ordinances, every taxis cab licensee must carry automobile liability insurance policy with a minimum limit of $350,000 combined single limit coverage per occurrence.
Taxicab drivers owe a high duty of care to their passengers and an ordinary duty of care to everyone else on the road. If you have been involved in an accident involving a taxicab, you may be able to pursue compensation through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
Taxi accident cases can be complicated because cab companies attempt to avoid liability by safeguarding their assets through shell businesses and trying to classify cab drivers as independent contractors. Given the complexity of these cases, it is important that you are represented by a knowledgeable Chicago taxi accident lawyer.
Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. for Help
At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., we have been handling personal injury cases for over a decade and have recovered millions of dollars on behalf our clients. Our legal team knows how Chicago taxicab companies operate and the tactics they use to elude liability. We have the skills and resources necessary to hold taxi companies and their drivers responsible for the injuries they cause and we will fight to obtain fair compensation for your case.