Taxicabs in Las Vegas make over a million trips a month. The crowded Strip and aggressive and inattentive taxi drivers put passengers at risk of being injured in a taxi accident. If you sustain injuries in an accident, a Las Vegas car accident lawyer can help.
In spite of the traffic near and on the Las Vegas Strip, most visitors to town choose to get from Point A to Point B by using a taxi. Depending on the time of year, visitors can take well over a million trips per month in a taxi, and this means those taxi accidents are common. If you are injured in a taxi crash, you should not wait to contact a Las Vegas car accident lawyer.
There are three different groups of people who are at risk in a Las Vegas taxicab accident. Each could receive compensation when the taxi driver has failed to exercise the high level of due care that is expected of them. The following people can be injured in a taxi accident:
In fact, in February 2020, a pedestrian tourist was struck and killed in a crosswalk after a taxicab ran a red light and collided with a truck. In 2017, a North Las Vegas woman was killed when she was hit by a taxicab when crossing the street near the Convention Center.
The Las Vegas Taxicab Authority closely regulates and supervises the industry. However, that does not always mean that taxi drivers are properly trained and follow all the local traffic laws. Taxi drivers often speed and do not always yield to pedestrians at crosswalks.
Taxi drivers and their companies can be negligent in a number of ways and not just in driving the taxi. The taxi company’s duty of care that they owe to everyone else starts well before the driver gets out onto the road. Taxi companies must take care when hiring drivers, choosing people with good driving records, and adequately training them. Then, they must carefully maintain their vehicles, paying close attention to things like brakes and tires.
Since they are common carriers and transport the general public, Las Vegas taxis are required to carry a higher amount of insurance. In Nevada, the law is NRS 706.305, and it requires taxicabs to have $250,000 in coverage for bodily injury to or the death of one person in any one crash. They must also have $500,000 in coverage for injury or death to two people.
This means that your taxicab injury claim will first be negotiated with the insurance company. You will need to show that the taxi driver or their company was negligent. Then, you will need to settle for a precise dollar amount that fairly compensates you for your injuries. This is why you need a Las Vegas car accident lawyer on your side.
The attorneys at Breeden Malpractice & Injury Law have helped taxicab accident victims recover the financial compensation that they deserve from the companies whose drivers injured them. Call us today at (702) 819-7770 or contact us today to set up your free initial consultation and get started with the legal process that you need to follow to receive payment for your injuries.
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