Taxi Cab accidents occur very frequently in the Las Vegas and Reno Valleys. Tourists who visit are obviously the victims in these horrible accidents. As a fault free passenger, most victims are without seat belt and sitting in the rear of the vehicle. Often times we represent multiple passengers who are sitting in the back and front of the cab when they are rear-ended or “t-boned” in an intersection. These victims have rights. Most of the time, the seat belts are not available, stuck in the seat, or simply not transparent to the passengers. Nevada Law does not mandate seat belt use in a civil case. Nevada does have a seat belt law, but the issue is irrelevant in an accident case. Taxi drivers usually are in a hurry. The more they drive the more they make. Thus, careless drivers abound. It is important to realize that not only are passengers injured in these vehicles, as our firm represents many clients in accidents that occur in valets, around hotels, bus stops, and near the strip.
Besides the usual neck and back injuries, we deal with run over feet, legs, and shin injuries. The most common out of cab accident is the run over foot accident. You just paid the driver and he hurries to the next pick up and in the process runs over your foot—sometimes crushing the foot, the bones, tendons and ligaments. When nerve damage occurs, the foot can be permanently damaged. Tires attack shoes and crush feet. Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC work with many specialists to ensure quality medial care to their clients.
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You should understand that cabs and taxis are regulated by the Nevada Taxi Cab Authority. The Taxi Authority has responsibility of all cabs:
During discovery, Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC often obtain on-board video from taxi cab cameras to prove the facts of the case. Here is another example of such video:
The Above Video is an Example of Footage from a Las Vegas Taxi Cab Accident which we Acquired in Order to Litigate a Client’s Case
Under Nevada law, taxicab companies are governed by the common carrier statutes codified under NRS 706. This includes all motor carriers of Taxicab motor carriers, limousines, charter buses, tow cars, autonomous vehicles, and all contracted carriers in Nevada. The duties owed by taxi companies are numerous. The requirements include duties in operation, insurance coverage, advertising, record keeping, and licensing among others. Taxi companies are regulated by the Nevada Taxicab Authority; the Authority operates their own police force to help enforce the regulations established by department and the Nevada legislature. In 2018, the average fare for a taxi was roughly $16+ per ride. In the month of November, for example, 1,301,529 rides were made. Nevada taxi’s are doing in excess of 13,000,000+ trips per year in Nevada. In total, there are 3,565 taxi cabs medallions in Nevada. Below is a list of the relevant and applicable statutes that apply to all taxi companies including Reno and Las Vegas taxi accidents (the largest area operations in the state.) Each taxi must be licensed and permitted to operate in their specific jurisdiction. Under NRS 706.281 the name must be clearly identified on the exterior of the vehicle; the display is not considered advertising, but instead a mark of the business required by law. There is a duty under NRS 706.251 to preserve information relating to the crash:
NRS 706.251 Report of crash: Requirements; preservation; confidentiality.
Insurance Coverage is also a requirement. Currently, the law mandates the following coverages under NRS 706.305 equaling $250,000 per person, $500,000 for two or more persons. In addition, a cab company may provide self-insurance, a bond, or provide security in the amount of $500,000 with the State instead of providing insurance. These amounts are required, but are not the minimum amounts that may be carried. For example, in Las Vegas, the largest cab company, Frias Cab, owns and operates the following brands: Ace, Anlv Cab, Union Cab, Vegas Western, Virgin Valley. Frias Transportation company. Frias is self insured and may also carry additional coverage to protect the assets of the company. Smaller cabs may not carry as much insurance as there is not the assets to protect. Unlike many other states, individual taxi medallions (the permit for each taxi), are owed by the company.
NRS 706.305 Liability insurance to be provided by operators of taxicabs; amount of coverage. The Authority shall adopt regulations requiring all operators of taxicabs subject to its regulation and supervision to maintain a contract of insurance against liability for injury to persons and damage to property for each taxicab. The amounts of coverage required by the regulations:
NRS 706.3052 Operator of taxicab may provide self-insurance; exception.
NRS 706.3054 Operator of taxicab may file bond in lieu of insurance.
NRS 706.3056 Operator of taxicab may deposit security with Department in lieu of insurance.
If you or someone you know has questions about riding in a Nevada taxi and need a Reno taxi lawyer or a Las Vegas taxi lawyer, contact the office of Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC.
See Also: Uber, Lyft & Ride Sharing Accidents
List of Taxi Cab Companies in Southern Nevada and How to Identify them by Appearance:
Ace Cab Co. – WHITE BODY – RED ROOF: 5010 South Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas, Nevada 89118 Phone: 702-736-8383 Cab Numbers: 6500 – 6999
A-North Las Vegas Cab (ANLV) – WHITE BODY – BLUE ROOF: 5010 South Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas, Nevada 89118 Phone: 702-643-1041 Cab Numbers: 4500 – 4999
Checker Cab Co. – WHITE BODY – CHECKER PATTERN ON UPPER FENDERS & DOORS: 5225 W. Post Road Las Vegas, Nevada 89118 Phone: 702-873-8012 Cab Numbers: 3500 – 3999
Deluxe Cab Co. – WHITE DOORS, ROOF& BUMPERS, GREY SKIRTING, GREY FENDERS: 257 Elliot Road Suite #A Henderson, Nevada 89015 Phone: 702-568-7700 Cab Numbers: 8000 – 8499
Desert Cab Co. – BLACK SKIRTING, WHITE BODY, ORANGE ROOF: 4575 Wynn Road Las Vegas, Nevada 89103 Phone: 702-386-4828 Cab Numbers: 4000 – 4499
Henderson Taxi – Scheme #1: BLACK SKIRTING, WHITE BODY, YELLOW ROOF, Scheme #2: BLACK SKIRTING, WHITE BODY, 6” HORIZONTAL YELLOW STRIPE ALONG UPPER QUARTER PANELS AND DOORS: 1910 Industrial Road Las Vegas, Nevada 89102 Phone: 702-384-2322 Cab Numbers: 5600 – 5999
Lucky Cab Co. – BLACK SKIRTING, WHITE BODY & ROOF, MAGENTA FENDERS: 4195 Diablo Road Las Vegas, Nevada 89118 Phone: 702-477-7555 Cab Numbers: 2500-2999
Nellis Cab Co. – METALLIC BLUE SKIRTING & FENDERS, WHITE DOORS & BUMPERS: 3564 West Naples Las Vegas, Nevada 89103 Phone: 702-248-1111 Cab Numbers: 500 – 999
Star Cab Co. – WHITE BODY, GREEN ROOF: 5225 W. Post Road. Las Vegas, Nevada 89118 Phone: 702-873-2000 Cab Numbers: 2000 – 2499
Union Cab Co. – BLACK FENDERS, WHITE DOORS, BUMPERS & ROOF: 5010 South Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas, Nevada 89118 Phone: 702-736-8444 Cab Numbers: 7500 – 7999
Vegas Western Cab Co. – WHITE BODY, LAVENDER ROOF: 5010 South Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas, Nevada 89118 Phone: 702-736-6121 Cab Numbers: 6000 – 6499
Virgin Valley Cab Co. – WHITE BODY, PURPLE ROOF: 5010 South Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas, Nevada 89118 Phone: 702-737-1378 Cab Numbers: 7000 – 7499
Western Cab Co. – BROWN SKIRTING, WHITE BODY: 801 South Main Street Las Vegas, Nevada 89101 Phone: 702-736-8000 Cab Numbers: 1 – 499
Whittlesea Blue Cab Co. – Scheme #1: BLUE SKIRTING, WHITE BODY, RED ROOF, Scheme #2: BLUE SKIRTING, WHITE BODY, 6” HORIZONTAL RED STRIPE ALONG UPPER QUARTER PANELS AND DOORS: 1910 Industrial Road Las Vegas, Nevada 89102 Phone: 702-384-6111 Cab Numbers: 5000 – 5599
Yellow Cab Co. – YELLOW BODY: 5225 W. Post Road Las Vegas, Nevada 89118 Phone: 702-873-2000 Cab Numbers: 3000 – 3499
With over one million monthly trips, taxis provide an essential service for the people of Las Vegas. In past years, taxi cab operators received over 4,200 violations. When you ride in a taxi cab, you could be exposing yourself to an accident, especially if the driver is inexperienced or has an excess of violations on his or her record.
Nevada has regulations that taxi drivers must adhere to that are governed by the Taxi Cab Authority located on Flamingo Road in Las Vegas. Taxi cabs owners are typically a commercial business, which means that entities and individuals other than the at-fault taxi driver may share in the liability for damages if you were riding in a taxi when it was in an accident, or if a taxi caused an accident with your vehicle.
After a taxi cab accident, if you can move, check on others involved in the accident and call first responders. You should also get contact, insurance, and registration information from drivers involved in the accident, along with contact information from witnesses.
As with other drivers, taxi drivers may have bad driving habits that are known to cause accidents. Taxi drivers get paid by the mile, so the faster they can get you to your destination, the faster they can pick up another fare and make more money.
Common causes of taxi cab accidents include:
The injuries you suffer depend on the accident. For example, if a taxi cab tangles with a big truck and you are a passenger in the taxi cab, you could suffer from severe injuries. If a taxi cab clips your front bumper while weaving in and out of traffic, you might suffer minor injuries if your vehicle just spins around, or if you are driving something more substantial than the taxi cab.
Injuries could include:
Additionally, those involved in a severe accident, whether they were severely injured or not, may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety, especially when it comes to getting in another vehicle. Often those with long-term injuries suffer from depression because of the amount of time it takes to heal or because those injuries are permanent. Psychological issues are common following severe accidents, and some people may require therapy. Others with significant injuries may also need cognitive and/or physical therapy, depending on the injury.
The short answer is no. The only information you should give any insurance company is your name and contact information; the date, time, and location of the accident; your policy number; and your accident attorney’s contact information.
Insurance companies are for-profit businesses, which means that any claim they pay out on cuts into their profits. An insurance company representative can and will twist your words so that it feels justified in denying your claim or offering you a meager settlement.
When you get an attorney involved in the case, an insurance company is less likely to give you an unfair settlement because it knows that those who retain attorneys are more likely to litigate if the insurance company offers an unfair settlement. Litigation costs the insurance company more money—it has to retain an attorney, and there’s always that chance that the court will order a higher award for damages.
Recovering damages from the driver of the taxi is a possibility.
But you might also recover damages from others who could share in fault for the accident, including:
Cab owners and operators have a duty to make sure their vehicles are adequately maintained so as not to cause accidents. For example, if a driver or a cab owner waits until the brakes are completely gone before replacing them, or replaces only one front brake pad instead of both, both parties could share in the responsibility for the accident.
Nevada allows for economic damages, non-economic damages, and in some cases, such as DUI accidents, punitive damages. Economic and non-economic damages, sometimes known as special and general damages, respectively, are meant to make you whole again. The court only orders punitive damages as a punishment when the defendant’s actions were grossly negligent, such as driving under the influence.
Economic damages are those with a fixed price. They include past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, replacement or repair of personal property damaged or destroyed in the accident, medical equipment including ambulatory aids, and funeral and burial expenses.
Non-economic damages do not have a fixed price and include:
If you suffer from injuries because of a taxi accident, contact an experienced Las Vegas taxi accident attorney at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC as soon as possible.