Bus And Taxi Drivers Are Held To A High Standard Of Care
Taxis and buses are public transportation referred to in the law as “common carriers.” Common carriers are licensed by the state and must follow certain regulations to operate. While an everyday driver is expected to exercise reasonable care and caution while driving, the standard of diligence is much higher for the driver of a taxi or bus. At Culpepper Kurland, we have a thorough understanding of common carrier laws and how they are applied in Florida courts.
Since common carriers must follow state and federal regulations and document that they have done so, bus company or taxi company safety and maintenance records will need to be reviewed. Were there safety or maintenance failures? Broken or missing seat belts? Poorly maintained brakes? At Culpepper Kurland, we will get to the bottom of the case.
Special Insurance Considerations
Bus and taxi drivers are excluded from Florida’s no-fault insurance law. This is because, in a bus or taxicab accident, some degree of fault is assumed because of the higher standards that taxi and bus drivers must meet.
Florida law also requires taxis to carry high limits of insurance coverage. If you have been injured in a Tampa taxicab accident, you can recover money damages for medical and financial losses such as:
- Medical bills and rehabilitation costs, durable medical goods, prescriptions, and therapy, both current and future
- Lost wages and reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Expenses incurred in getting treatment such as travel costs
We Understand What You’re Going Through
At the law office of Culpepper Kurland, our attorneys understand the challenges you are facing after a serious injury or the wrongful death of a loved one in a taxicab accident, bus wreck or school bus accident. We will fight to get you the full compensation you and your family may be entitled to by law.
In a taxicab accident, it may be that the taxi itself was unsafe due to faulty parts or poor maintenance. In other cases, the taxi driver was the problem. Reckless driving, speeding, drunk driving, and other traffic or criminal violations can show up when a lawyer investigates a taxicab accident case. If the taxi company was negligent in its maintenance or hiring decisions, the company may have some responsibility as well.