98% Success Rate Millions Recovered Contact Us

Uber, St. Louis Metro Taxi Cab Commission, and Safety

Share

The St. Louis Metro Taxi Cab Commission (“MTC”) has spent the better part of a year keeping Uber out of the St. Louis market claiming that their primary concern is safety.  Safety of the drivers and pedestrians of the St. Louis area.  At the same time they claim safety is the primary concern, members of the MTC and taxicab company owners tout that all of the cab drivers are independent contractor entrepreneurs.  This means that the taxi cab drivers are not technically employees of the cab companies, and this can cause major issues for you if you are involved in an accident involving a taxicab.

Many people don’t know the difference between an independent contractor and an employee, there is no flashing sign or nametag that says: independent contractor.  In fact, they walk, talk, and act much like employees.  However, a business is responsible for the actions of their employees, but not necessarily responsible for the actions of an independent contractor because, they are, as their name suggests, independent.

For example, if you are the victim of an accident where a taxicab driver is at fault, you may think that, like most businesses, the taxicab company is responsible for the actions of the people they hire.  However, because the taxicab companies claim to use “independent contractors” as drivers, they deny responsibility and will even try to deny any liability arising from the accident. Meaning, that they will do whatever they can to avoid paying you for your injuries, despite the accident being caused by a driver that they hired, they sent to you, and they manage.

Not only does the use of independent contractors as cab drivers make it more difficult for you to recover if you are injured as a result of a cab drivers actions, it also disincentives safety for the taxicab companies.  If the taxicab company does not anticipate being responsible for the injuries caused by their drivers, than they are less likely to properly train and prepare their drivers to handle situations properly.  Taxicab safety in the St. Louis area is an issue, but not for the reason that the MTC would like to make you think.

Testimonials
Quote Icon

IJohn Hipskind was amazing! He was reliable, honest, and made me feel confident. John was always there when I had questions and very responsive…

Cori H.
Quote Icon

I can’t say enough good things about John. He truly cares about providing the best possible representation for his clients. I would highly recommend him!

John F.
Quote Icon

Brady did an outstanding job. I didn’t have to do anything or miss any work due to his exceptional service!! I would recommend him to anyone!

Erin H.
Quote Icon

I had a wonderful experience with my attorney Brady. He showed compassion and was always there to answer any of my questions.

Charlotte D.
Quote Icon

Brady helped facilitate my medical appointments, and made sure everything went smoothly. He settled my claim in a relatively short time.

Jeffrey M.
Quote Icon

John Hipskind was always a phone call or text away (we heard back from him within minutes). We are so pleased! You will be happy to have chosen him!

Jess M.
Awards
&
Associations
Award Icon

Avvo-Rated Excellent

Award Icon

The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Award Icon

Super Lawyers® Rising Stars

Award Icon

The St. Clair County Bar Association

Award Icon

NTA Top 40 Under 40

Award Icon

Nation's Premier Top Ten Attorney

Award Icon

Illinois State Bar Association

Award Icon

AIOFLA 2015 10 Best Client Satisfaction