Taxicab drivers are notorious for aggressive and often unsafe driving.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 2,740 taxicab drivers in the state of North Carolina. In Winston-Salem, there are 150 taxi drivers, 130 in Asheville, 100 in Wilmington and 180 in Greensboro. According to the most recent traffic crash statistics from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT), in 2012, there were 273 accidents involving taxicabs. One of those was fatal, and 108 involved injuries.
Listed below are just a handful of the various taxicab service companies in North Carolina:
- Yellow Cab.
- Crown Cab.
- Taxi Taxi.
- A Cab Co.
- Classic Cab Co.
If you were involved in a collision with a taxicab, whether you were riding in one, were hit as a pedestrian/bicyclist or were in another vehicle and a taxicab hit you, a North Carolina auto accident attorney at Nagle & Associates, P.A. can help. We represent victims of all types of traffic accidents. In fact, representing auto accident victims is all we do.
North Carolina Taxicab Regulations
Some states have what is called a “Taxi Rider Bill of Rights.” Essentially, this guarantees certain rights, privileges and protections to any individual who chooses a taxicab as their mode of transportation. States like New York guarantee that taxicab passengers have the right to travel in a clean taxi, one that is safe with functioning seat belts and taxis drivers that do not use cell phones while driving. North Carolina does not have a “Taxi Rider Bill of Rights” so to speak, but there are regulations that cabbies have to abide by.
§ 160A-304 of the North Carolina Statutes details the regulation of taxis. All taxi companies and taxi drivers must possess the appropriate licenses in order to operate their vehicles for hire. These statutes also allow the state of North Carolina to deny taxicab licensure to any individual who:
- Has been convicted of a felony.
- Has been arrested/charged with a drug or alcohol offense.
- Is known for substance abuse.
- Has been arrested for a violation of the state’s prostitution laws.
- Is not a citizen of the United States.
- Has multiple traffic violations on record.
The Dangers of North Carolina Taxis
While there are various regulations protecting taxicab passengers, from the North Carolina DOT statistics we can clearly see that there are still hundreds of taxi accidents every year. These accidents have a variety of causes, most of them stemming from the taxicab driver’s failure or their employer’s failure to abide by traffic laws and taxicab regulations. While all taxicabs have the potential for being involved in an accident, we at Nagle & Associates, P.A. suggest using established taxi services like Yellow Cab rather than using independent taxi services, as these may be safer.
Representing Taxi Accident Victims in Winston-Salem, Raleigh and Beyond
Were you or someone you love involved in a taxi accident? The North Carolina auto accident attorneys at Nagle & Associates, P.A. are prepared to help. We represent accident victims throughout the state, including cities like:
As a former insurance adjuster and insurance defense attorney, Carl Nagle knows the insurance industry. He knows the red tape these insurance companies attempt to put up so that accident victims cannot collect the money they deserve, and will fight against this. Let someone who knows the insurance industry and has an intimate understanding of car accidents represent you in your fight for compensation after a taxicab accident. Call today for your free initial case evaluation!