March 10th, 2011

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How the California Common Carrier Law Works

What if you were injured while riding a taxicab, can you sue the driver or the taxi company?

The answer is yes and you should consult a San Diego automobile accident attorney immediately.

In fact, you have a better chance of getting compensated as a passenger of a taxi cab compared to a person injured as a passenger in a private car.

Why is that?

That is because of the California Common Carrier Law.

The Common Carrier Law holds public transportation companies or those in the business of transporting people to a higher level of care compared to regular drivers.

This means that even if the driver was not negligent in his driving, as long as he did not meet the level of care expected from him by the law, then he and the taxi company can still be held liable for your injuries and other damages.

And it not only applies to taxicabs. As said before, it applies to those who are in the business of transporting people and that includes:

  • Buses
  • Trains
  • Airplanes

Even private vehicles hired to transport people can even be considered as common carriers.

Again, you just have to prove that the level of care required was not met and it resulted in your injuries.

But what is that higher level of care required from common carriers?

Under the law, common carriers are required to use the utmost care and diligence for their passenger’s safe carriage.

As part of this higher level of care common carriers are expected to:

  • Provide passengers a safe mode to enter and exit vehicle
  • Safely transport passengers to their destination
  • Maintain a safe vehicle
  • Hire qualified employees to operate these vehicles
  • Protect passengers from possible harm

Next question will be, when does this duty start and when does it end?

Well, the duties of the common carrier start even before the passenger is inside the car.

As said above, the common carrier must make sure that the passenger safely enters and settles themselves before proceeding.

The duties of the common carrier end after the passenger is brought to their destination and was able to exit in a safe location.

Get help

The Mesriani Law Group has a team of expert and dedicated San Diego injury attorneys who have proven their mettle in handling common carrier accident cases.

For a free consultation, feel free to call us at our toll free number at 1-866-325-4529 or send an email at .