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Taxi Cab Accident Attorneys in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Taxi Cab Accidents in Las Vegas, Nevada

Taxi accidents are common in the Las Vegas metro area due to a variety of factors, including busy city streets and the time pressures of driving a taxi cab, especially given the very high level of traffic congestion near McCarran airport and the strip corridor along Las Vegas Boulevard South. For example, McCarran International Airport Officials recently noted that during the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), taxis set an all time record for the number of taxis loaded at McCarran Airport in a single day, with over 14,495 taxi cabs loaded at the airport’s two terminals. There are currently an estimated 3,000 taxi cabs operating in the Las Vegas metro area.

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Taxi cab accidents can be caused by a range of factors, including driver error, drunk driving or drug use by the taxi cab driver, errors in judgment by other motorists, equipment malfunction, poor weather conditions, and poor roadway conditions, to name a few. Certainly cell phone usage must be included.

Las Vegas taxi cab accidents can seriously injure or kill passengers or other motorists, locals and tourists alike. Last year alone, the number of visitors to Las Vegas was estimated at 39,727,022, which makes our city of 2 million seem much larger!

Las Vegas taxi cab drivers, who ignore the cell phone ban, drive in an aggressive or reckless manner, disobey traffic signals or otherwise endanger passengers or the motoring public, can be held responsible for injuries caused by their negligence.

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To make matters worse, cabbies across the valley say they are losing money because there are too many taxis on the roads of Las Vegas. Cab drivers say the growing population in Las Vegas is affecting their pocketbook. Such competition can also play a factor in causing drivers to speed to increase the number of their daily fares.

For those accidents that include non-fatal injuries, the expenses can be very high, both on a short-term and long-term basis. These expenses involve medical bills, lost wages, other expenses, and pain and suffering.

Las Vegas is also a city that never sleeps. Visitors to the city or every day business commuters travel through our busy streets via taxis, literally day and night.

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Even though the many taxi cab drivers in our city obey the rules of the road and drive in a safe manner, anyone who has traveled in taxis has had the experience with a driver who drives way too fast, weaves in and out of traffic, runs red lights and otherwise drives in a reckless manner. These drivers put everyone else on the road, pedestrians, and of course, the passengers in their cabs lives at risk. Not all taxi drivers are poor drivers. You should know that in 2011 and 2010, Las Vegas was ranked number one as the best taxi destination in the U.S. to hail a taxi beating other top U.S. destinations including Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco. Las Vegas taxis were top rated in four of the seven categories surveyed including the cleanest taxis and the best quality of driving along with best value and friendliest drivers.

Las Vegas Taxi Accident Attorney

According to the Nevada Taxicab Authority, in 2006, Las Vegas taxi cabs completed 25,929,133 trips. Considering the large number of visitors using taxis in Las Vegas and the heavy road construction and high pedestrian traffic, it is no surprise that taxi cab accidents happen frequently.

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Taxi cab accidents involving cars, pedestrians, bicyclists and other objects occur frequently in Las Vegas. It is believed that the rate of injury in taxi accidents is far higher than that of regular cars because fewer taxi cab passengers wear seatbelts. Sometimes the passengers are too busy or can’t find the seat belt, but in any event, the nonuse of a belt statistically increases the possibility of more sever injuries.

If you are ever involved in a taxi cab accident, make sure to:

  • Document as much information as possible including driver name and telephone phone number, taxi cab registration number and the name/phone number of the taxi cab company where the driver is employed.
  • Document the name and contact information of any other drivers that were involved in the accident.
  • Document name and contact information of any eye witnesses to the accident.
  • If possible, take photos at the scene of the accident (camera phone pictures are fine).

In taxi accident cases, it is imperative that you contact an attorney immediately to protect your rights. The Nevada Taxicab Authority Board requires each of the valley’s 16 taxi cab companies to develop and implement a driver safety program which must include the installation of mechanical, electronic, or other devices that “will protect the driver and passenger from crime” or “will aid law enforcement officials in the apprehension of persons who victimize cabdrivers”. Many of the cabs are now equipped with the so-called black box, which attempts to measure such things as speed, time and impact at accidents. Other devices, such as special lights on the right, are used in the event of an emergency to alert the police.

Although we are not investigating a crime in your personal injury case, whatever device was used in your cab should be immediately requested before it is destroyed. Don’t trust the cab companies to keep your evidence. Have an attorney request these items before it is too late. Additionally, under Nevada law, taxi records such as complaints, licensing, driving records, and maintenance logs of the vehicles themselves are only required to be kept for certain periods of time. Contact us before the proof of their negligence disappears.

Taxi cab accidents occur very frequently in the Las Vegas Valley. Tourists who visit are obviously the victims in these horrible accidents. How can you obtain compensation for your medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering, caused by a negligent taxi cab driver?

At Albright Stoddard Warnick & Albright, you have a group of strong legal advocates. We provide results-oriented representation for victims of all types of motor vehicle accidents, including those involving taxi cabs, limousines and other hired vehicles. Our attorneys have the experience and investigative resources and trial skills needed to handle these cases, and when representing you, we will use those abilities to obtain compensation for you.

Many taxi cab companies and their insurance companies vigorously fight accident claims. Our car accident lawyers thoroughly prepare every case, by investigating the accident, assigning liability and analyzing insurance coverage issues. We are always well-prepared when entering into settlement negotiations or going to trial. Our goal is that you receive full and fair compensation for all of your losses.

Our law firm will document the full extent of your losses, including medical costs, lost wages and non-economic losses such as pain and suffering. From your doctor or other medical specialists, we will learn about your current and future medical needs. The following list of taxi cab operators have permits to operate in Clark County, NV:

Ace Cab Co.
A-North Las Vegas Cab (ANLV)
Checker Cab Co.
Deluxe Cab Co.
Desert Cab Co.
Henderson Taxi
Lucky Cab Co.
Nellis Cab Co.
Star Cab Co.
Union Cab Co.
Vegas Western Cab Co.
Virgin Valley Cab Co.
Western Cab Co.
Whittlesea Blue Cab Co.
Yellow Cab Co.

About the Authors: The law firm of Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright is an A-V Rated Nevada-based full-service law firm having attorneys licensed in Nevada, California and Utah. Our firm’s practice includes a strong emphasis on personal injury accidents. Call us at 702-384-7111.

Note: This article, and any other information you obtain at this website, is not offered as legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as such, nor is it a solicitation for legal services. Only a licensed attorney can advise you with respect to your specific legal needs. We welcome your contacting our firm to discuss such representation. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.