Taxis are one of the most popular ways to get around in Chicago and other urban areas in Illinois, and the companies that provide these services are held to strict standards for safety. However, despite efforts to make taking a cab a safe choice for passengers, many people are still hurt or killed each year in accidents involving these vehicles. Here’s a breakdown of the most recent official statistics in Illinois, as well as some information about how you can get help if you or a family member has questions about an accident that has already happened.
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) in its 2013 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics report, accidents involving taxi cabs were responsible for five deaths and 1,109 injuries over the course of the year. The statistics also gave some insight into the situations that contributed to these injuries and deaths, including the following numbers:
Unfortunately, these statistics only cover one year in Illinois, and each year hundreds more people are hurt or killed by taxis. While taxi accidents may not make up a majority of the serious accidents that happen in Illinois, the numbers are still concerning for the public—and injured victims still have potential rights to hold drivers, taxi companies, and transportation organizations responsible for what happened.
Most people don’t start their days expecting to get involved in a wreck with a taxi, but accidents do sometimes happen on our busy city streets and highways. Unfortunately, taxi accidents can create a world of confusion and difficulty for the victims, especially if they are uninformed. If you have been hurt, or if you need more information about your family’s rights after a taxi accident, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Chicago legal team at 312-332-1400. Our skilled attorneys have decades of combined experience helping seriously injured victims get the compensation they deserve, and we would be happy to answer your questions in a completely free, no-obligation case review.