For some people, taking a taxi is the only way to get around in Florida. For others, meanwhile, taxis are a convenient and safe way to get to their destination (especially if you have been drinking).
But even though thousands of people take taxis in Miramar and all across Florida every single day, only a few of them actually take the necessary precautions to protect themselves in the event of a taxi cab accident.
Believe it or not, regardless of how attentive your taxi cab driver seems to be, taxi cab accidents do happen. And if you want to recover damages after a motor vehicle accident involving a taxi, you have no time to waste. We invited our Miramar taxi cab accident attorney from the Law Offices of Bradley Hartman to outline the steps you should take before entering a taxi cab.
Check the taxi cab driver’s license and credentials
Look, just because you are getting into a taxi cab it does not necessarily mean that the taxi driver is properly licensed to drive taxis. In fact, you might be surprised how many taxi cab drivers in Florida are not licensed to do their job, and yet taxi companies keep hiring them either because they do not care or conduct inadequate background checks.
It is highly advised to ask your taxi cab driver to show his or her license and take down his/her name and taxi company affiliation. Do this before entering a taxi cab or before the driver starts the car.
“Certainly, it is recommended to take a photo of the taxi driver’s license using your phone, but this might not always be possible,” says our experienced taxi cab accident attorney in Miramar. “If the driver refuses to provide you his/her credentials, or does not allow you to take a snap of his/her license, you may want to consider taking another taxi.”
It is not uncommon for taxi cab drivers in Florida to be doing their job with an expired license, so make sure you pay extra attention to the license’s expiration date. While it would be ideal if you could check the taxi cab driver’s license before getting into the car, it should still be fine to ask the driver to see his/her license after a taxi cab accident. If the driver is reluctant to do so, it is probably because his/her license is expired and he/she about into more trouble with the law.
Inspect the condition of the taxi cab
But a taxi cab driver’s license should not be the only thing you should inspect before taking off on a cab ride. Pay attention to the condition of the taxi cab. You do not necessarily have to be a mechanic to recognize the signs of brake problems. If you hear squealing, squeaking or grinding noises in the taxi cab, or the car is wobbling, vibrating or scraping when braking, it is probably because the taxi’s brake system is not functioning properly.
Under Florida laws, all taxi cabs must be properly maintained and inspected before passengers enter the taxi cab. Recognizing signs that the taxi cab is faulty in a timely manner can save your life. Also, Florida law requires all taxi drivers who are expected to transport children under the age of five to have proper child restraints. “If a child under the age of five has been injured in a taxi cab accident, the first thing your lawyer will have to determine is whether the child restraints, if any, were adequately installed and in compliance with federal code,” explains our Miramar taxi cab accident attorney.
If you or your family member have been injured in a taxi cab accident, do not hesitate to consult with skilled lawyers. You need to know what legal options may be available in your particular case. Contact the Law Offices of Bradley Hartman to get a free consultation. Call at 954-438-1000 or fill out this contact form.