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Which color cab should you choose?

You're looking for a cab in Kansas City. All you're probably thinking about is how fast it can pick you up. But should you really be thinking about just how safe you are in that commercial vehicle?

If so, you need to start considering the color. A yellow cab, one study claims, is safest.

The study looked at a total of 12,525 blue taxis and 4,175 yellow taxis. All other factors were the same. They were owned by the same company. They were maintained on the same set schedules. They were even the same vehicles: Hyundai Sonatas.

However, the blue ones crashed at a rate of 71.7 wrecks per 1,000 cars, per month. For the yellow cabs, the rate was simply 65.6 accidents per 1,000 cars, per month. Though those numbers appear close, that means that the blue vehicles were 9 percent more likely to be involved in a crash.

The reasoning could be simple: Yellow is a highly visible color. That helps cab drivers, who are trying to find customers. However, it could also help other drivers see the cabs and avoid accidents. This means that the color alone could prevent accidents even when the cab drivers do not make mistakes. The study, after all, claimed that the only difference between the two types of cabs was that one was yellow and the other was blue.

Regardless of the color of the vehicle, when you're riding with a commercial driver, you're trusting him or her to avoid accidents and keep you safe. If you're then involved in an accident and facing high medical bills, you may want to know if you have a right to financial compensation.

Source: The Economist, "Yellow cabs are less likely to crash than blue ones," accessed July 05, 2017

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Ben Schmitt

Attorney Ben Schmitt

Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.