A wrongful death lawsuit was recently filed on behalf of an 86-year-old woman who was hit by a taxi when crossing a crosswalk, reports The Chicago Tribune. She died from her injuries two days later. According to an eyewitness, the taxi driver “just plowed into her and ran her down like she wasn’t even there.” Another eyewitness remarked, “He just hit her.” In the suit, the driver is being accused of negligence and the family is seeking more than $100,000 in damages from each defendant. Yellow Cab Affiliation Inc. is also named in the suit.
The taxi driver, consequently, was charged for “failure to use due care when a pedestrian is present, and…for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.” However, the driver was only fined $325 and placed under court supervision. The family of the 86-year-old woman, who filed the suit, says that this is not acceptable. The brother of the deceased was reported as saying, “It’s kind of an outrage that he’s still on the street.”
As our Illinois car accident attorneys understand it, the driver has a very spotty record when it comes too responsible driving. According to a CBS Chicago article, the taxi driver has accumulated nearly 70 traffic tickets since 1999. In court, the taxi driver said that he did not feel his record was an adequate basis for claiming he is a bad driver. The judge dismissed the driver’s arguments and he was found guilty for his actions.
Unfortunately, accidents like this one are all too common. Pedestrian accidents make up 11 percent of all motor vehicle accidents, according to U.S. government statistics. Additionally, a 2009 policy report in Connecticut showed that the taxicab accident rate is more than quadruple times the accident rate for normal passenger vehicles.
Fortunately, there are legal statutes specifically directed towards the remedying of such cases. Taxi drivers have special insurance policies to cover for accidents. Failure to have such insurance can potentially be considered an act of negligence. Taxi drivers also face other regulations regarding their conduct on the roads. There is also special legal protection for pedestrians, especially those who are within the crosswalks and cross at appropriate times. Under these conditions, they are generally absolved of any responsibility for the accident.
Our Illinois car accident lawyers have extensive experience with these types of situations. We have settled numerous Illinois pedestrian accident cases, and as such, we understand the potential consequences involved in them. Should you or a loved one be injured or killed at the hands of a negligent driver, you can contact our team of dedicated Chicago car accident lawyers to find out what rights may be available to you.