Cab Drivers in Florida May Be Driving Distracted and Putting Passengers at Risk
Because texting and driving is a nationwide epidemic, you have probably heard about the dangers associated with using your phone behind the wheel. As a result, you have chosen to drive call phone free so that you can keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and mind focused on driving. By doing this, you know that you are increasing your chances of staying safe and avoiding being in a crash.
Because you are responsible driver, you may have needed to hail a ride service like Uber or a taxi cab to pick you up from a bar. While you may be doing the right thing and not getting behind the wheel of your car buzzed or drunk, you expect that a taxi cab driver will get you home safe. However, there is a growing concern with Uber drivers, Lyft drivers and other taxi cab drivers who use a system that requires them to use their cell phones behind the wheel.
The way Uber works is that drivers only have a matter of seconds to tap their cell phones and agree to respond to the next service call. Because taxi cab drivers make their living behind the wheel, they are ignoring the dangers of distracted driving. This means they are looking at their cell phones to see how far the next customer is away from their location so they can make a decision whether they want to pick up that next passenger.
When they do this, they are taking their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off of driving. As a result, they are participating in distracted driving and putting pedestrians, other drivers sharing the road with them, and the passengers inside their cars in danger. Sadly, many people have been injured and even killed as a result of this new technology and distracted driving.
If you were injured in a cab accident in Florida, whether as a pedestrian or passenger, you may have legal rights to recovering financial compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld to speak with a knowledgeable accident attorney in South Florida in a free case consultation today at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766.