Even if you own your own car, there are times when you need to use a taxi service. Whether you’re traveling in a foreign city or simply planning ahead to avoid a DUI, taxi cabs come in handy. Yet a new study has found that one type of taxi may be a little safer than others. A recent analysis of millions of taxi accidents over a three-year period from Singapore’s largest taxi company found that yellow taxis were actually involved in 9% fewer taxi cab accidents. In this study, color was the only differentiator because the company used the same car models and enforced the same rules for all of their vehicles.
What’s the reason yellow taxis were involved in fewer accidents? It seems that yellow taxis are more noticeable especially when they are in front of another vehicle. There aren’t too many yellow vehicles on the road, so they stand out more in traffic, at stop lights, and on freeways. Drivers that are aware of their presence are less likely to hit them – thus reducing the accident rate.
The authors of the study concluded that companies would be wise to consider the color of their vehicles in order to save lives and potentially millions of dollars. They found that if this Singapore taxi company were to change to an entire fleet of 12,525 yellow taxis, there would be 917 fewer accidents per year.
Unfortunately, sometimes the color of the taxi isn’t enough to avoid a potentially serious and catastrophic accident. Taxi cab drivers may work long hours. This often leads to aggressive driving behavior, fatigue, and even substance abuse. Taxi accidents can be the result of:
When a person has been injured or killed as a result of a taxi driver’s negligence, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Longmont taxi accident attorney as soon as possible. Taxi companies will often aggressively defend claims and will often deny liability in these accidents in order to protect their bottom-line.
Taxi cab companies and other motor vehicle carriers of eight or less passengers are required by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) under Code of Colorado Regulations (CCR) 723-6 § 6007 to maintain at least $500,000 of motor vehicle liability insurance. Yet, insurance companies do not automatically pay personal injury claims – even when they are responsible for the accident and the subsequent injuries that have resulted.
When you have been injured in a taxi accident, there may be multiple parties involved. If you were the passenger in the taxi at the time of the accident, then it depends on who is to blame for the accident. If the accident was caused by the taxi driver or taxi company’s negligence, then they would ultimately be responsible. If the responsible party is another driver, then you would file a claim against the responsible driver. If you were a pedestrian and were hit by a taxi, then you would file a claim against the taxi company. Under the doctrine of respondeat superior, employers can be held liable for their employee’s negligence if the negligence occurs while they are on the job. An experienced Longmont tax accident lawyer would be able to determine if the taxi company, the taxi driver or another driver is responsible for your accident – and your injuries.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a taxi accident, bus accident, Uber accident or any public transportation accident, it is important to speak to an experienced and skilled Longmont personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Contact the law firm of Fuicelli & Lee, PC, for a free case evaluation. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. Call our office at 303-355-7202 or fill out our confidential contact form.
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