Yesterday, our Chicago car accident attorneys read an article in The Chicago Tribune about a taxicab that crashed into a Wicker Park restaurant, injuring a customer. Although the customer suffered minor injuries, it still brings attention to taxi cab driver safety. The taxi driver crashed into numerous windows, and damaged both the outside and the inside of the restaurant. According to the article, after the accident one witness said that the taxicab driver showed no remorse.
In a previous blog post, our Chicago car accident lawyers discussed an article in The Chicago Tribune about taxi driver ticketing in Chicago. A study found that many times, judges dismiss tickets, regardless of if they are for speeding, failing to stop or follow traffic signs, or even pedestrian accidents. We believe that taxi drivers should be held accountable for their actions, and have to pay the price of not following the rules of the road. Because cab driver tickets are so easily dismissed, there is little motivation for cab drivers to follow the rules of the road, and this it creates a dangerous environment for not only drivers, but pedestrians and bicyclists as well.
In order to improve the safety of Chicago streets, we support the City of Chicago’s “three strike program”. The program creates a rule that states if a cab driver has had three or more violations, they can lose their license to chauffeur. We hope that this program will be enforced because it is reported that more than a quarter of all Chicago pedestrian accidents are related to taxis.
If you or someone you know have been injured or even killed in a taxi related accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be able to receive fair compensation for the harms caused. Taxi accidents are often caused by drivers who speed, text, talk on their cell phones, or disobey traffic signals. An accident of this type can result in serious injuries, and may lead to costly medical bills. It can also disable a victim from being able to go to work for an indefinite period time, or they may never be able to work again. Please contact our Chicago personal injury lawyers to see how we may be able to help you.