Like any other accidents, taxi crashes can occur due to a driver's negligence. These incidents often involve:
- Distraction: Taxi drivers can become distracted by various factors both inside and outside the vehicle. Phone calls, conversations, or interesting displays can divert their attention from their primary driving tasks, leading to accidents.
- Drunk or drugged driving: Unlike trucking companies, taxi drivers are not held to the same standard of random drug and alcohol testing. Police officers typically test drivers after they have already been involved in an accident, making it difficult to intervene beforehand.
- Speeding: Some taxi drivers may speed to rush and pick up the next fare, while others may use speed as an aggressive navigation tactic in heavy traffic. Excess speed contributes to a significant number of traffic fatalities each year.
- Drowsy driving: Taxi drivers often work long hours to earn an income, which can lead to insufficient sleep. Despite fatigue, they may still operate their vehicles, posing a risk to themselves and others on the road.
Don't Assume the Driver Will Contact Authorities
If you're injured in a taxi accident, it's not your responsibility to call the authorities. However, you should ensure that the taxi driver calls 911. Most jurisdictions require vehicle operators to report accidents involving injuries. If the driver fails to do so, you should make the call yourself and request an ambulance if necessary.
A law enforcement officer needs to document the accident, gather information from all involved drivers, list passengers, document injuries, and confirm the sequence of events. If your driver fails to report your injuries to the taxi company's insurer, the police report will serve as evidence to support your claim.
Prioritize Your Medical Treatment
You should take personal responsibility for seeking the necessary medical care following a taxi accident. Unless your injuries are visibly severe, you can't expect the taxi driver to insist on emergency care. If the police officer doesn't call an ambulance to the scene, you should ask them to do so if you or anyone else requires medical attention.
The taxi driver may be distracted by the aftermath of the accident and concerns about potential income loss. If multiple drivers are involved, they may be engaged in discussions about fault, insurance, damages, and other issues related to resolving the situation.