San Francisco taxi cabs undergo regular safety and meter inspections, and drivers are required to have some degree of training including training in street navigation. They are also subject to background checks. Most importantly, official San Francisco taxi cabs are insured. If you were injured in a taxi cab accident or hit by a taxi, we can help.
Our public transportation trial and settlement attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger have been handling claims for taxi passengers and drivers injured by taxi operator negligence, for almost 50 years. We understand the dynamics involved with automobile reconstruction, speeds, stopping distances, reaction times, and the Vehicle Code provisions and statutory scheme applicable to taxi operation.
Information About Taxi Cabs
- Limousines which cruise the city streets are not officially licensed taxis. They may or may not have insurance. In order to be properly licensed and compliant with State Public Utilities Commission Insurance requirements, a “TCP” number on the front and rear bumpers is required.
- San Francisco taxi companies are common carriers. This means they are obligated to provide “the highest duty of care” to their passengers. Vehicles must be safe and in good working order. Seat belts must be functional. The driver must be familiar with city streets, and is required to obey all posted regulations regarding speed, right of way, and intersection traffic controls.
- Under San Francisco regulations, no vehicle older than four years, or with more than 60,000 miles may be used as a taxi. New vehicles are only allowed to remain in service for three years. Unfortunately, San Francisco cab drivers are notorious for exceeding the speed limit, challenging yellow lights, changing lanes without notice, and placing their passengers in a position of danger.
- Fatal traffic accidents in San Francisco are on the rise – in 2005, there were a total of 22 death; in 2006 there were 28 fatalities. Through the first three-quarters of 2007, 34 people died from traffic collisions in San Francisco.
Contact Our Taxi Cab Accident And Injury Lawyers Now
We understand how taxi cab companies own, maintain and operate their vehicles. We know the requirements for insurance limits. We have taken the sworn testimony of taxi drivers, supervisors, maintenance personnel and taxi driving trainers in both depositions and trial. Our record of success speaks for itself. Contact us online or call (415) 981-7210 today to discuss your case.