Reno’s warm climate and proximity to California and Lake Tahoe make it a popular year-round tourist and convention destination, creating regular business for taxi companies in the area. Additionally, Reno-area residents also rely on taxi services when they don’t want to worry about parking in the city or having too much to drink when they have a night out on the town. Regardless of why people hail a cab, they do face risk of injury or fatality when their driver is involved in an accident. Similarly, drivers who share the road with taxis also face the risk of injury when negligent taxi drivers are behind the wheel. If you suffered harm as a passenger in a taxi or the driver of another vehicle in a taxi accident, Nevada law permits you to seek compensation for damages from the party who caused your injuries. The dedicated Reno taxi accident lawyers at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC are here to help you secure the compensation that you deserve. Call us at (702) 382-9797 for a free consultation to learn how we can help after sustaining injuries in a Reno taxi accident.
The skilled team of personal injury attorneys at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC have ample experience in the negotiation, settlement, and litigation of personal injury claims, including those involving taxi accident injuries. The firm’s commitment to professional excellence and exceptional client service has led to the recovery of more than $180 million in damages from settlements and judgments for their clients.
Recent taxi accident case results include $225,000 for a client who injured a foot in a taxi accident and two other $225,000 settlements for passengers injured in taxi accidents. We also recovered $750,000 and $1.95 million for clients who suffered injuries in rear-end taxi cab collisions.
These are only examples of past results and do not guarantee results for your taxi accident case, but the dedicated taxi accident lawyers at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC will aggressively pursue the best outcome for your individual situation.
Situations That Frequently Lead to Taxi Accidents
Many scenarios might give rise to an injury-causing taxi accident in Reno. Taxi passengers are especially at risk because most do not wear seat belts when they ride in the back seat. When a collision occurs, bodies in the backseat can slam against the hard plastic or glass partition in most taxis. Some common situations that lead to taxi accidents include:
Distracted driving results in an average of nine fatalities and 1,000 injuries across the United States each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Anything that causes your taxi driver to take his or her eyes, hands, or attention off of the road can lead to an accident. In addition to cell phones, radios, and food, taxi drivers must sometimes deal with distracting passengers who talk too much or have had far too much to drink.
Driver fatigue plagues those who drive a taxi full time. Taxi drivers work long hours without limits, putting passengers and others on the road at risk for an accident. Taxi drivers in Reno who work overnight to accommodate casino traffic might also fall victim to drowsy driving.
Driving under the influence is not only illegal but also dangerous. The Nevada Taxicab Authority (NTA) regulates taxi driver permits and has strict regulations regarding the use of controlled substances. Drivers won’t be able to get permits or can lose their permits when convicted of a DUI, so it’s likely your driver won’t be the cause of the accident. Yet, if another impaired driver plows into the taxi you’re riding in, you potentially face severe injuries.
Speeding deserves special attention as a cause of accidents for taxi drivers, who get paid by the passenger and by the mile. Passengers are in a hurry to get to their destination, and drivers have the motivation to quickly deliver them. When taxi accidents occur because of speeding, they are far more likely to lead to severe injury or fatality.
Following too closely remains a common cause of all traffic collisions, but rushed taxi drivers are especially at risk for causing an accident when they tailgate. If the car in front of them makes a quick turn or suddenly stops, they don’t have the time or distance to adequately respond. This often results in a rear-end collision.
Recovering Damages After a Reno Taxi Accident
If you choose to sue the party(s) for damages who caused you harm in a taxi accident, you might receive compensation through a settlement or court-awarded damages. Damages commonly recovered in personal injury claims might compensate you for the following losses:
Medical costs, including ambulance ride, emergency room visit, hospital stay, X-rays, surgery, and prescription medication
Future medical expenses when a taxi accident injury requires extensive recovery or causes a permanent disability requiring treatment and care indefinitely
Rehabilitation costs for treatment from a specialist who can help injured individuals regain functions lost from an injury, as well as assistive devices, such as wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, canes, and prosthetic limbs
Lost wages for missing work from the taxi accident, hospitalization, treatment, and recovery
Lost earning capacity when a catastrophic injury prevents a taxi accident victim from returning to his or her job or seeking gainful employment
Pain and suffering
Loss of consortium with a spouse
Other non-economic losses that might apply to a specific case
Get the Legal Help You Need After a Reno Taxi Accident
If you have suffered harm in a Reno taxi accident, contact a skilled taxi accident attorney who can help you get the compensation you deserve in the wake of a severe injury. The experienced legal team at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC can handle communication with the taxi company and involved insurance companies, investigate the accident, and build a strong case, all while you focus on healing. We also serve clients in Lake Tahoe, Sparks, and Carson City. Contact Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers online or at (775) 600-6000 for a free consultation and to learn about your rights after sustaining injuries in a taxi accident.
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Reno, NV 89502
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