According to early reports, the taxicab driver was eastbound when he lost control on the wet pavement, slid through the median and crossed into the westbound lanes. The passengers in the Pennsylvania taxi accident were two men from Portland, Maine whose identities were not released. The two men were injured as a result of the Erie car crash and taken to UPMC-Hamot hospital. Their conditions were not available but some reports described their injuries as moderate.
A second vehicle involved in the Pennsylvania Interstate collision appeared to have been westbound but its driver and passengers reported no injuries, fortunately.
The taxi driver was also injured and taken to UPMC-Hamot. He was arrested upon being released from the hospital for charges unrelated to the Interstate accident.
It is our hope that the two Maine men are soon out of the hospital and back with their families.
Taxi Passengers Entitled to Special Legal Status
Passengers in taxis may be entitled to special legal status that lessens the burden of proving liability. Unfortunately, the corporate/lessor structure of many taxi-cab companies and their drivers sometimes makes finding the full insurance coverage a challenge. People injured in Pennsylvania taxi-cab accidents should call an experienced Pennsylvania injury lawyer who knows how to find insurance coverage despite a complicated relationship between taxi-driver and cab company.