Taxi Accidents with Pedestrians and Bikers
While taxis, as common carriers, are obligated to provide “the highest duty of care” to passengers, that duty unfortunately does not extend to pedestrians and bicyclists sharing the road with taxi cabs. San Francisco cab drivers are notorious for speeding, changing lanes suddenly, running yellow or red lights, failing to stop at stop signs, and pulling away from the curb without attention for those already on the roadway.
San Francisco Bicycle Accident Attorneys
This kind of careless driving is particularly hazardous for bike riders. There is a near-constant risk that taxis will strike bicyclists when they cross the bike lane to get to a curb or make a turn. Cyclists can be sideswiped by taxis changing lanes without looking. Bikers can run into taxis making sudden left-hand turns in front of them.
If you were injured or a family member was killed in by taxi driver negligence, talk with an experienced San Francisco bicycle accident attorney at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger. Our public transit injury law firm has been helping injured bicyclists and pedestrians in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 50 years. Our track record of successful verdicts and settlements speaks for itself.
Outstanding results on behalf of our injured clients have earned our firm and our partners listings in “The Best Lawyers in America.” In 2011, partners Richard Schoenberger and Douglas Saeltzer received the “Trial Lawyer of the Year” award from the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. In 2010, partner Michael Kelly received that same prestigious award.
California Pedestrian Injury Lawyers
Pedestrians are most likely to be injured in a crosswalk or on the sidewalk near a crosswalk. Inattentive taxi drivers busy watching traffic often fail to notice that a pedestrian has stepped into the crosswalk. Take, for example, a sample of the taxi cab accident cases we have handled:
- Our California pedestrian injury lawyers recovered $735,000 on behalf of a 42-year-old woman struck by a DeSoto taxi cab while crossing The Embarcadero in the crosswalk.
- Our pedestrian accident team achieved a $425,000 settlement for a young man who was standing on a street corner when his toes were crushed by a vehicle than ran into him as it swerved to avoid hitting a taxi making a sudden turn.
Each of these taxi-pedestrian cases presented unique challenges that our firm overcame with careful investigation, the use of accident reconstruction experts and committed advocacy in mediation, arbitration or trial.
Our clients have suffered painful injuries and lasting disability. They need and deserve fair compensation. That is our exclusive goal and we have the skill, experience, and resources to achieve it. We represent residents throughout the Bay Area as well as injured tourists and business visitors in San Francisco.
Contact Our Taxi Cab Accident Injury Attorneys Now
If you’ve been injured, contact Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger online or call (415) 981-7210 for a free no-obligation consultation. We handle all taxi injury cases on a contingent fee basis. This means you pay no attorney’s fees unless we are successful in achieving a financial recovery in your case.