Taxi Accident Compensation
Introduction to Taxi Accident Compensation
Taxi drivers are among the most experienced and safest drivers on the road. However, because of the long hours that they work and the vast amount of urban driving they do, it is understandable that they will, at times, be involved in a road traffic accident. The accident may not even be their fault, but if you are injured while in a taxi – either due to the negligence of the taxi driver or another road user – you are entitled to claim for taxi accident compensation.
You may not even be involved in a road traffic accident to be injured by a taxi. Some injuries occur due to reckless driving by the taxi driver, where you sustain bruising when thrown around in the back of a taxi cab, or you could be injured when getting in or out of a taxi if the taxi should move suddenly when you least expect it to. This type of taxi accident would cause injuries similar to a fall, and you could make a claim for taxi accident compensation due to the taxi driver´s lack of care.
Typical Taxi Accident Injuries
Injuries that you might sustain in a taxi accident are similar to those you would receive in any road traffic accident – although in many cases they may be more serious. When you are riding in a taxi you could be chatting with friends or reading a newspaper, and are not usually paying attention to the traffic around you. This means that you are less likely to brace if the taxi in which you are travelling is involved in a collision or even has to brake sharply.
Compared to when you are driving a car, you would be less prepared for an impact that might lead to whiplash, head injuries or strained ligaments, and consequently the symptoms you experience after a taxi accident can be far more severe. This is particularly true if you are seated facing the back of the taxi, where a severe blow to the lower back of your head might damage your spinal cord where it enters the brain.
What to do After a Taxi Accident
The procedures after a taxi accident are very similar to those after any road traffic accident, with the addition that you should also record the registration and license number of the taxi. Most taxi drivers would be horrified that you have been injured while riding in their taxi and, as they have radio communication, should be able to summon medical assistance and the police immediately.
You should automatically go to hospital for a precautionary examination, even when you feel okay, as symptoms of many injuries associated with taxi accidents may take several days to manifest – during which time you could make them worse if you are unaware of them. Once you have been diagnosed with an injury and received preliminary treatment, you should speak with an experienced solicitor about making a claim for taxi accident compensation.
Taxi Accident Compensation Solicitors
A taxi accident compensation solicitor is a personal injury solicitor who has experience in dealing with victims of taxi accidents. They will be aware of the potential for more severe injuries than one would normally receive in a road traffic accident, the longer period of time it may take for your injuries to heal and the difference this would make to your quality of life and possibly your employment prospects.
As there is a real chance that a taxi accident compensation settlement will be substantially higher than that for a “regular” road traffic accident, you should refer any approach by the negligent party´s insurance policy directly to your solicitor. Their initial offer of early settlement for your taxi accident compensation claim is likely to be substantially inadequate, and he will be able to negotiate a much more appropriate level of compensation for your taxi accident claim.
No Win, No Fee Taxi Accident Compensation
If you have sustained an injury while travelling in a taxi, getting in and out of a taxi, or due to the recklessness of a taxi driver, you are invited to speak to with an experienced taxi accident compensation solicitor on our “No Win, No Fee” injury claims advice service. Our service enables you to discuss the circumstances surrounding your injury, determine that you have a taxi accident compensation claim which is worth your while to pursue and receive some helpful and practical advice on how to go about making a taxi accident claim.
The number to call is 0800 044 3253, and our lines are open seven days a week from 8.00am to 10.00pm. You are also welcome to take advantage of our call-back service if now is not a good time for you to speak with us. Simply complete your contact details in the box at the side of the page and one of our helpful team will get back in touch with you. Please note that by using our ”No Win, No Fee” injury claims advice service, you are not obligated to proceed with a taxi accident compensation claim, and no pressure will be put on you to do so.