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Lyft and Uber might be infringing upon the traditional taxi industry, but thousands of commuters in Florida still hail cabs every year. Many people trust riding in taxis more than in unregulated rideshare vehicles. Taxi drivers are actual employees of taxi companies and subject to more thorough background checks and training than rideshare drivers. Unfortunately, the chances of a crash don’t always decrease by choosing a taxi. If you have suffered an injury in a taxi accident in Fort Lauderdale, talk to someone at the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs. Financial compensation could be in your future.
After an accident, one of the most common legal actions available to taxi passengers is to sue the cab company. One could potentially sue the company if the driver caused the accident because taxi drivers are employees. As employers, taxi companies are vicariously liable for the actions and wrongful acts of their employed drivers (unlike Lyft/Uber, where the drivers are independent contractors). Suing a taxi company in Florida for damages can be easy with help from one of our accident attorneys.
If you contact our lawyers after your crash, we can immediately go to work preserving evidence in your claim, such as the taxi driver’s cell phone records and driving history or photographs of a roadway defect. We can help you identify the liable party or parties, which can extend beyond the cab driver. Parties responsible for your accident can include other drivers, the taxi company, a product manufacturer, a property owner, or a combination of parties. With more than 30 years of experience, we know exactly what to do in the hours, days, and weeks after a serious car accident.
The most common reason taxi accidents occur is that of driver error. Taxi drivers might be working long hours and be prone to drowsy driving. They might also take their eyes off the road to text and drive or take a lunch break behind the wheel with a passenger in tow. At the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs, we’ve seen and heard it all when it comes to taxi crashes. We can sue the taxi company that the negligent driver works for on your behalf and fight hard for maximum damage recovery.
In the event of a taxi crash in Fort Lauderdale, protect yourself right away by calling the police. In Florida, it’s the law to report an accident to 911 if it causes injuries, death, or more than $500 in property damage. If your taxi driver doesn’t pull over and call 911 right away, request that he or she do so. When police arrive, make sure to get your side of events on record.
Gather information, including the taxi driver’s full name, the number of the cab, its license plate number, and the contact information of the other driver. Seek medical attention for any injuries as soon as possible. Then, call the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs. Our Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers can investigate your accident and help you take the first steps toward financial compensation. Call (954) 568-3636 or submit our online contact form to request a free consultation in Fort Lauderdale.