Usually, when you hear about a taxicab accident, you immediately wonder if the passengers in the cab were hurt or killed. Since taxis are considered to be common carriers in the state of Illinois, cabdrivers must maintain a higher standard of safety than drivers of passenger car.
Sometimes, cabdrivers who are carrying passengers are grossly negligent to the point where their actions results in the death of someone other than the person in their cab. That’s what prosecutors allege happened last month in the case of a man sitting on a bench at a bus stop who was killed when a taxi jumped the curb and crashed into the bench.But in fairness, it’s not always the cabdriver’s fault. This point was illustrated in a collision between a car and a taxicab in Chicago. About 12:30am, a sedan carrying five occupants was traveling in the Wicker Park neighborhood with only three tires. The car was reportedly riding on a rim when it ran a red light at the intersection of Ashland Avenue and Division Street and slammed into a taxicab. The cab was not carrying a passenger, and the driver was not injured enough to require hospitalization. But all five people in the car had to be taken to area hospitals.
It is not known why the car did not have a complete set of tires at the time of the incident. But unless a collision just prior to the taxicab crash caused a tire to come loose, it appears that the driver of the car will be held liable for the auto accident and the subsequent injuries to his passengers. Illinois law states that the driver of a car is responsible both for the maintenance of his vehicle and the safety of his passengers. If they wish, the passengers could file personal injury lawsuits against the car’s driver.