Liability Question

I’m looking at a potential wrongful death case involving a taxi cab (Yellow Cab Company) that struck my client from the rear while she was stopped for a red light. Do you know whether cab drivers are independent contractors, and even if they are, or claim to be, wouldn’t the cab company still be exposed?

The cab company will still be exposed, so long as the cab driver was operating pursuant to the cab company’s permit. However, don’t celebrate too soon. 47 O.S. Sec. 8-104B only requires the cab company to have $25,000 in coverage. Yellow Cab has been notoriously difficult to collect from for amounts in excess of its insurance limits. They will negotiate to pay out any settlement over a long period of time and poor mouth you to induce you to let them do that.