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A Cook County jury has awarded nearly $26 million to a man and his wife with regard to a taxi accident that happened on Interstate 294 (I-294) in 2005.

The man, Marc M. Jacobs, a lawyer at the time of the accident, was injured in the Augst 31, 2005 crash when the taxi that he was a passenger in crashed into a concrete barrier after the taxi driver lost control of the cab.

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A woman that was struck by a taxicab in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood has died from her injuries.

The accident happened on August 30, 2014, as the woman was struck by a northbound cab on North LaSalle Street shortly after 2:00 a.m. This fatal taxi accident happened in the 1400 block of North LaSalle Street.

According to witnesses to the accident, the woman ran out into traffic before she was hit by the cab.

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There was a collision between a van and taxicab Thursday night (February 27, 2014) in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.

According to Chicago Police, this accident happened at approximately 11:05 p.m., in the 400 block of North Clark Street.

The vehicle collision occurred when a van traveling southbound on Clark ran a red light, and struck the taxi heading eastbound on West Illinois.

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There was a taxicab accident in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood early Friday morning, injuring three people.

The accident happened after a taxi drove through a red light and hit another cab which then hit a woman on the sidewalk and crashed into a liquor store. The accident happened in the 2400 block of North Ashland Avenue, near the corner of Ashland and West Fullerton shortly after 1:00 a.m.

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Early this morning there was a fatal taxi accident in Chicago’s River West neighborhood involving a taxicab that hit a man waiting for a bus.

Details on the accident are somewhat limited at this time.

However, Chicago Police say that the accident happened at 6:07 a.m. as the cab hit the man at North Milwaukee and West Chicago Avenue.

The Checker cab then hit a light pole and flipped over several times during the accident, at which point it caught on fire. Both the passenger in the cab as well as the taxi driver were able to escape from the taxi; the cabbie was pulled from the taxi by people at the scene.

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Lately there have been quite a few media stories about Chicago cab drivers and various facets related to some of their driving records.

One such story on September 22, from Channel 2 (CBS Chicago) is titled “2 Investigators: City Vows To Crack Down On Dangerous Cabbies.”

One of the problems is that although some cab drivers get issued many tickets, they have far less convictions stemming from these tickets. As the story says:

It happens because many of the tickets – sometimes, most of them — get dismissed because the complaining witness is not in court. Typically that’s the police officer who wrote them.

Another problem has to do with the insurance coverage cabbies carry. As stated in the article:

The crashes underscore another problem, says Michelle Crayton’s attorney.

“What is most outrageous is that the vast majority of cabs on the road today have the same level of insurance that they had 23 years ago,” he said.

That level of insurance is $350,000 per incident, the minimum required by the city. That won’t cover the medical costs for Crayton’s broken arm, hip, leg and back.

There are policy changes in the offing. As stated by the article:

Now, a citywide review of rules and ordinances for cabs is underway to update them, including the $350,000 insurance minimum.

A cab driver with three or more convictions for moving violations in the past year will no longer get his license renewed.

The city’s working to set up an electronic notification process to quickly get police information about tickets and accidents.

Another story has been done by the Chicago Tribune. This story was seen in the September 23 paper, titled “Cabbies pile up tickets but stay on the road.”

This story is relatively extensive and contains a variety of statistics. One notable excerpt from the story:

An analysis by the newspaper suggests that a far higher percentage of tickets are thrown out for cabbies on average than for regular drivers. The frequent court dismissals have repeatedly helped cabbies keep their chauffeur’s licenses — including drivers who were later blamed for injuring or killing pedestrians.

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At approximately 5:15 p.m. Sunday, a taxi hit two young children as they crossed the street in Chicago’s downtown area, on the Magnificent Mile.

The taxi driver, Friday Ekon, of south suburban Richton Park, received two tickets as part of this taxi accident for failure to exercise due care with pedestrians in the roadway, police said.

The incident happened in the 500 block of North Michigan Avenue. According to Chicago Police, the accident happened as the taxi was headed south on Michigan Avenue. It struck the children after they had gotten out of a stopped vehicle.

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A taxicab struck a pedestrian around 8:47 this morning, killing the pedestrian. The accident occurred at the parking garage at Illinois and Columbus drive. Two others were injured, the driver of the taxi and the taxi passenger.

The pedestrian was dead at the scene, after being hit by the taxi after the taxi lost control. Shortly before impact he had been walking down the street. A surveillance video near the accident captured the pedestrian walking east on Illinois Street. After a few seconds, the cab can be seen apparently passing another car on the right just before the intersection with Columbus Drive. As the pedestrian passes a set of tables and reaches the driveway of the parking garage, the pedestrian turns his head to the right briefly, just before the cab skids toward the garage. The pedestrian then disappears from view and the cab comes to rest against the garage.

The cab passenger, a 51-year old woman, had to be cut out of the back seat, according to witnesses and police. She suffered a broken leg and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.