Taxi Accidents in Washington
Taxi drivers make their money by maximizing the number of fares they get in a shift. This often leads to aggressive driving, and aggressive driving is a major cause of injury accidents in Washington. Speeding, unsafe lane changes, weaving in traffic, failing to yield the right of way, distracted driving, cell phone use, talking with dispatch, running stop signs and red lights, driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol or when fatigued are all behaviors that may tempt some cab drivers as they dash to deliver enough passengers to their destinations to make a living at this demanding occupation.
Faulty taxi maintenance can create unsafe cabs
In addition, some cab companies like to keep their vehicles on the road throughout every day and night, and by doing so may neglect routine maintenance, leaving their drivers to cope with bald or underinflated tires, worn brakes, broken signal lights, or other nonfunctional equipment.
Furthermore, many cabs lack basic safety equipment, especially functioning seat belts.
Expert representation is a must
Anyone injured in a car crash involving a taxi cab needs expert representation when seeking a monetary recovery for injuries and losses stemming from the accident. Here in Washington, the cab accident attorneys at Wattel and York have the resources to conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the accident, the company’s maintenance records, and possible equipment defects.
Holding drivers responsible
The most common cause of taxi accidents, however, is driver error, so we look carefully at the cabbie’s driving record, how many hours the driver had been on duty when the accident occurred, whether the driver was distracted by a conversation with dispatch, and whether any drugs or alcohol were involved.
We interview witnesses, analyze police reports, and if necessary, employ accident reconstruction experts to look into how the accident happened.
Taxi drivers and owners owe a duty of care to their passengers and to other drivers and pedestrians, and when they fail to maintain their vehicles and drive responsibly, they need to be held accountable for any harm that they cause.
Washington accident attorneys with skill, expertise, and a commitment to justice
If you or a family member suffered injuries in a taxi accident in Seattle, Washington, the attorneys at Wattel and York will apply the full force of our skill and legal expertise to fight for your right to compensation for all that you’ve lost, including medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life. We are committed to justice for the injured and are known by the insurance industry to be skilled litigators who never back down from a fight on behalf of an injured client.
Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation and case evaluation. We represent our clients on a contingency fee basis, so you never have to pay up front, and you will owes us nothing unless we win money for you.