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Nevada Taxi Accident Lawyer

Las Vegas attracts millions of visitors every year. Consequently, these visitors rely on non-traditional modes of transportation to get around, including buses, rideshare services, and taxis. According to the state of Nevada, there were approximately 3,250 taxicabs and 10,000 taxi drivers in Nevada in 2014.

As passengers, we rely on taxis to safely get us from one place to another, and so does the state of Nevada. In Nevada, taxis are common carriers, just like buses, planes, and limos. This means that there are certain laws and regulations that they must follow to operate their businesses, including the amount and type of insurance they are required to hold.

Though Nevada laws protect taxi passengers, accidents still happen. If you were injured in a taxi accident, contact the offices of Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers,LLC.

The Legal Requirements for Taxi Drivers

Logistically, an accident involving a taxi is no different than any other accident. The steps you need to take after an accident are the same: check for injuries, call emergency services, gather evidence, exchange information, and report the accident. But certain things set taxi drivers apart from other drivers on the road.

Taxi Related injuries LawyerNevada’s common carrier laws require all taxi drivers to hold a minimum level of liability insurance. Specifically, each driver must have all of the following:

  • $250,000 bodily injury insurance for an accident involving one person
  • $500,000 bodily injury insurance for an accident involving two or more people
  • $50,000 property damage protection

In addition to the insurance requirements, all taxi drivers must undergo a background check before employment and maintain a valid commercial driver’s license. A company that fails to ensure compliance with these laws may bear financial responsibility in an accident.

Common Causes of Taxi Accidents

Just like any other vehicle, taxi cabs can be involved in accidents, both minor and serious. But unlike other drivers, these drivers carry a higher level of responsibility and are held to a higher standard. Common causes of taxi accidents include:

    • Speeding: Speeding is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents in the United States and taxi cabs are no exception. A taxi driver may exceed the speed limit due to time constraints from the passenger or pure negligence. High speed reduces a driver’s reaction time and increases the amount of time it takes to bring the vehicle to a stop. It can also increase the severity of injuries.
    • Distracted driving: Over 3,100 people died in 2017 because of distracted driving. While distracted driving is most commonly associated with cell phone usage, a taxi driver may also be distracted by passengers, the radio, or other mobile devices—including any apps or communication equipment used by the taxi company to communicate with him.
    • Bad (or aggressive) driving: Taxi drivers can become complacent. They can take short cuts, ignore traffic laws, or make risky moves to navigate through traffic. Work demands can increase the chances that a driver will make a poor decision.

Possible Damages After a Taxi Accident

No two auto accidents are the same; this is particularly true for cases involving taxis. Different variables can affect the outcome of your case. That said, certain damages are commonly involved in a personal injury case, including:

  • Medical bills: Nevada does not require drivers to hold personal injury protection (PIP) policies, which means the at-fault party will be responsible for your medical bills. These bills include doctor visits, ambulance rides, surgical procedures, medication, and rehabilitation services.
  • Pain and suffering: Accidents are painful, both physically and emotionally. Pain and suffering compensation is designed to compensate you for the invisible damages that you incur as the result of an accident. This may include actual pain, mental anguish, PTSD, loss of companionship, or loss of consortium.
  • Lost wages: An accident can mean lost time at work. This can make it hard to pay the bills. Lost wages cover any time missed as a direct result of the accident, including any recovery time. In cases of severe injuries, the damages may extend to cover future lost wages or loss of earning capacity.
  • Wrongful death: If a loved one is killed in an accident, the at-fault party should be held responsible. The goal of a wrongful death claim is not to compensate you for the death of a loved one, but rather to transfer the financial burden (including funeral expenses, medical expenses, and lost wages) from the victim to the guilty party.

Contact Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers’ Nevada Taxi Accident Attorneys Today

Figuring out what to do after an accident can be confusing, and understanding the complexities behind a taxi accident case can be overwhelming. If you have been injured in a Nevada taxi accident, you’re not alone. The experienced lawyers at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC have successfully litigated cases against taxi cab companies throughout Clark County, and we want to hear from you.

If you retain us, our team will aggressively fight for a fair and just settlement to compensate you for your injuries. Don’t spend time trying to figure out the legal system when you should be focusing on your recovery. Our team is made up of experienced personal injury attorneys that have significant experience negotiating and litigating taxi accident cases in Nevada. Contact Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC at (702) 382-9797 or online to schedule a free consultation.

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