Taxis are an easy and convenient way to get around. In a state like Florida, they are essential to transporting people from one place to another. Tourists and locals alike use cabs to get to unfamiliar destinations or to get home after a night of drinking. Unfortunately, sometimes taxis are involved in accidents. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a taxi accident, it is important to speak to a South Florida injury attorney who can assess the merits of your case.
Taxis are considered common carriers. Common carriers are held to a higher standard of care than other drivers. As a result, taxi drivers have certain obligations to passengers, including providing reasonably safe vehicles that are reasonably maintained and employing vigilant drivers who obey traffic laws and drive safely, use caution when transporting passengers, and warn passengers of any potential hazards the driver is aware of.
Under Florida law, different cities have authorization to regulate the operations of taxi companies. Most major cities in Florida have local ordinances governing the licensing and regulation of taxi operations. These ordinances typically mandate that cab drivers go through a licensing process before being able to operate taxis on the road.