Taxi Accident Claims
There are over 70,000 registered taxis in the UK, and with busier roads, the risk of being injured in a taxi accident continues to increase. Compensation claims following a taxi accident are usually relatively straightforward, particularly if you are a passenger. However, it is not just passengers that may be injured as a result of these accidents. Perhaps you were a pedestrian that has been run over by a taxi driver or a cyclist that has been knocked off your bike. You may also have been driving another vehicle that has been involved in a collision with a taxi.
Whatever the circumstances of your accident may be, if somebody else was at fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation for the injuries and losses you have suffered.
To find out if you have a valid personal injury claim, contact our team of personal injury lawyers today for a free case assessment. We can let you know within minutes if you may be eligible for compensation, as well as answer any questions you may have.
Am I eligible to make a claim following a taxi accident?
If you have suffered an injury whilst you were travelling in a taxi, or you were a pedestrian who was hit by a cab, you may be eligible to make a claim against the driver, or the company that they work for. There are many potential accident scenarios involving taxis, with the most common including:
Travelling in a taxi that was hit by another driver. If the collision was the fault of the other driver, you would be entitled to claim compensation for any injuries or losses that you sustained.
Your taxi driver caused the crash. If you were involved in a road traffic accident that was caused by the driver of the taxi that you were travelling in, you would be entitled to claim compensation from the driver’s insurance company.
Your taxi was involved in a collision and you were not wearing a seatbelt. If you were in a taxi that is involved in an accident and you were not wearing a seatbelt, you will still be entitled to pursue a claim for compensation from the responsible party. However, the amount of compensation that is awarded to you will reflect the level of injury that was suffered as a result of you not wearing the seatbelt, and your settlement sum may be reduced. This is known as contributory negligence.
All drivers in the UK are required to hold vehicle insurance that is appropriate for their driving purposes. This means that taxi drivers will hold insurance that authorises them to transport passengers in exchange for fares and covers their business needs. If you have been the victim of a taxi accident, you will be entitled to claim from this insurance if your driver was at fault.
Are there time limits for making a taxi accident claim?
As with all personal injury claims, there is a strict time limit for initiating a case of three years. The three year timescale begins from the date of the accident or from the date that you became aware of your injuries.
If a child was involved in a taxi accident, the three year time limit for beginning the claim begins on their eighteenth birthday, although a parent or guardian can initiate the personal injury claim on their behalf before this point.
How much compensation will I receive?
The amount of compensation that is awarded to you will depend upon the level of injury and loss that you have suffered. Your solicitor will negotiate the highest settlement award for you and will ensure that the following factors are considered:
- The extent of your injuries and pain
- Any loss of earnings that you have suffered
- The cost of any medicines and treatment to help you recover
- Any travel expenses that you have incurred as part of your treatment needs or case requirements
- Any damage or loss to personal possessions
- Any emotional distress that you have incurred
- Potential future financial losses or restrictions to your future earnings.
For a free case assessment and to discuss your accident, contact our experienced personal injury solicitors today. We provide a no win no fee service, and ensure you receive maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.