In suburban, semi- to mostly rural cities like Chesapeake, Suffolk and the southern half of Virginia Beach, people need to have access to a car to shop, go to appointments with doctors and physical therapists, buy food and visit relatives. To a great extent, taxicabs meet that need for the people of Hampton Roads who have physical or mental disabilities or who otherwise cannot qualify for drivers’ licenses.
Mostly because cab drivers and taxi companies take their duty to transport passengers safely with great seriousness, traffic accidents involving hired vehicles are pretty rare across Hampton Roads. But a serious crash between a taxi and a van did occur on Military Highway in Chesapeake in July 2008.
The Virginian-Pilot reported on October 28, 2010 that a mentally retarded woman with cerebral palsy was riding in the Black and White cab on her way to a therapy session when the accident occurred. The woman has had to use a wheelchair since the crash, and she and her mother just received a $975,000 settlement for her injuries and increased need for intensive lifelong care.
Companies that offer transportation services — such as bus companies, railroads, cruise lines or commercial or charter airlines — take passengers’ lives in their hands, by definition. Any time those companies or their employees cause injuries or deaths to passengers, they need to be held accountable.
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