1) I was injured by a taxi driver? Is that significant?

Taxi drivers are considered common carriers and are held to a high standard of care. While taxi drivers are generally very experienced drivers, they can be in a rush and sometimes transport distracting passengers. In addition, some taxi drivers log long hours and drive fatigued and in older vehicles in poor repair. If the taxi was leased from a taxi company whose bad maintenance contributed to the crash, there may be a viable claim against the taxi company. Companies can also be held responsible for hiring unqualified or untrained drivers. Taxi companies are notorious for characterizing their drivers as independent contractors in an attempt to insulate the cab company from liability.