Taxi accidents in southern California are not uncommon. When an accident caused by a taxi occurs, it can be confusing to figure out who is legally responsible for the damages.
Taxi companies, as well as airlines, bus companies, passenger trains, and others who transport passengers in exchange for money are considered common carriers. Under the law, common carriers must use the utmost care and diligence for the safety of their passengers. In many instances, taxi companies can be held liable for the negligent actions of their drivers, especially if it can be proven that the company used poor judgment in hiring the driver. Some examples of a company using poor judgment in hiring a driver would be if the company knows or should have known that the driver had a poor driving record or a history of drug use, but hired the driver anyway.
In many accidents involving taxi cabs or other common carriers, it can be difficult to determine liability. In some cases, taxi drivers own their own cabs. If so, the drivers are solely responsible for the damages in an accident. At times, taxi drivers rent their cabs from the cab company. In that situation, both the driver and the company can be held liable. In still other cases, the taxi companies own the cabs and simply hire the drivers. In that situation, the cab companies are liable for the actions of the driver. In still other instances, the accident was caused by the actions of another driver or a defect with the cab itself. In those cases, another party could be held liable.
Have you been involved in a taxi accident or other accident involving a common carrier in southern California? If so, call Orange County taxi accident attorney Don Sjaarda at 714-963-8216. He will help you determine which party is responsible, and to hold that party accountable for your injuries.