Many people have no idea that riding in a taxi can actually bring unique dangers. They often choose taxis over driving if they have been drinking or are otherwise not safe to drive. Unfortunately, there are a few issues that can make taxis more dangerous than you think. Keep reading to learn more and if you have been injured in a taxi accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Taxis May Not Be Subject to Mandatory Compliance and Recalls
In many cities, taxis, Ubers, Lyfts, and other private cars are not subject to mandatory compliance with safety recalls. In fact, a recent study showed that one in three vehicles used for these purposes have auto safety recall work that should be done but is not done.
The defense these companies use is that these open recalls are often for what they consider unessential conditions such as painting coatings. However, some of these recalls have the potential to cause deadly car accidents.
There Are a Record Number of Auto Recalls
If you are one of the many people who believe that auto recalls are not a huge issue, consider that in the last two years there have been auto recalls affecting more than 100 million vehicles. In fact, we have worked with clients regarding the Takata airbags situation, which was the largest recall in car history. There have been several deaths associated with the issue, which involved airbags exploding on impact and sending sharp metal into the passenger cabin.
What was scariest about the airbag situation is that they were used by almost all auto manufacturers over many years. As the vehicles ages, the likelihood that the airbags would case issue increases as they become less stable and they deteriorate in quality. In fact, they have become an issue even in accidents with minor impacts.
There is No Excuse for Ignoring Auto Recalls
The fact of the matter is that there is absolutely no excuse for not having an auto recall issue taken care of. It costs the vehicle owner $0.00 as they are not required to pay for the repairs. Many people who drive vehicles for a living will ignore requests for recall or notices that there is a serious issue because any day they do not have their vehicle is a day they are not making money.
If you have been injured in a taxi or rideshare vehicle and the owner of the vehicle did not follow through with a safety recall then you may have grounds for a personal injury case. Many other factors will need to be considered to determine your options. We recommend that you begin by contacting The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.