Taxi cabs in Illinois are considered to be “common carriers,” which means that their operators must adhere to a stricter standard of safety than drivers of passenger cars and trucks. In theory, this would mean that riding in a taxi would be safer than in a regular vehicle. However, sometimes taxis do collide with other vehicles – including other taxi cabs.
That’s what happened this week in Chicago about a half mile west of DePaul University in Lincoln Park. Shortly before 1:15am Friday morning, a taxi cab was traveling east on West Fullerton Avenue when it reportedly ran a red light and struck a cab (from a different taxi company) that was driving north on Ashland Avenue. The northbound cab careened off the road and struck a 21-year old female pedestrian before slamming into a liquor store. The pedestrian was rushed to a hospital in serious but stable condition. A 25-year old passenger in the eastbound cab also had to be transported to the hospital with injuries. Rainy conditions may have contributed to the taxi cab accident.
From the information given, it appears that the cab which ran the red light will be held primarily responsible for the injuries sustained by both victims. Depending on the circumstances, it’s possible that the cab which actually struck the pedestrian may share some of the blame for her injuries.
The injured woman has solid grounds for filing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver of the cab which initiated the collision, as well as the company which employs the driver. Also, the passenger could file a similar lawsuit against the same driver and cab operator. If an investigation determines that the driver of the cab which struck the woman was partially responsible for the taxi cab accident, the driver and his company could also be named as defendants in her lawsuit.