Atlanta is a booming metropolis with many transportation options. Tourists and residents alike take advantage of our many taxi services. In fact, some estimates project that taxis in Atlanta provide 1.65 million to 1.77 million rides each year. If you’ve been in an accident with a taxicab either as a passenger or as driver or rider in another vehicle, you need a personal injury attorney. Call a Taxicab Accident Attorney at John Foy & Associates, one of Atlanta’s oldest and most established personal injury law firms, at 404-400-4000.
What happens if I was injured in a taxicab accident, either as a passenger or in another vehicle? What steps should I take?
If you’re in a taxicab accident, either as a passenger or you’ve been hit by a taxicab, treat the accident seriously. Call the police and make a formal report. Gather as much information as you can, including the names of witnesses, the cab driver’s name and car number, and get as many photos as possible. And certainly get medical care immediately. If you or another person needs urgent care, call an ambulance. Taxicab accidents are complicated to sort through with questions of who is liable and at fault. Protect yourself by engaging a strong and ethical personal injury firm.
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What are some of the main causes of taxicab accidents?
Taxicab accidents happen for the same reasons as regular auto accidents including aggressive driving, traffic law violations such as running red lights, road rage, fatigued drivers, drunk driving, talking on the phone while driving and texting while driving.
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What are some of the taxicab companies in Atlanta?
There are at least 21 companies in Atlanta, a city that boasts 1,550 taxicabs. Some of them are large, well-established firms with 100 cars, others are single car, single companies. With confusing in-town traffic, expensive parking and lots of tourists and visitors, the taxicab service is flourishing. We don’t endorse any particular company. Instead, we offer a few safety tips. Always sit in the back seat. Always wear your seatbelt. Make sure the taxicab has a meter, radio, badge, and door handle. Be alert to your driver’s condition. Is he drunk, angry, out of control? And make sure your driver can deliver you to your destination before you get into any taxicab.
What do I need to do to file a claim against a taxicab company in Georgia?
We urge anyone involved in any kind of vehicle accident to make a police report. From that report we’ll be able to get the information of all parties involved and their insurance policies. We’ll be able to see who is at fault: is the taxicab driver or another driver? We don’t want to rely on any driver, including the taxicab driver, to be accurate and honest after the fact. Accidents are confusing for those involved and it’s important to have a clear set of facts to begin a case. Call a John Foy & Associates attorney at 404-400-4000 and our investigators will get started right away.
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What types of monetary damages are available in Georgia taxicab cases?
As in any personal injury claim you have the right to recover damages to your vehicle, and you have the right to bring a bodily injury claim. That means you can recover damages for any medical care that is reasonable and necessary; any wages you may have lost because of injuries; and general pain and suffering.
How long do I have to file a claim after a taxicab accident in Georgia?
The general statute of limitations for personal injury in Georgia is two years, but there are other shorter possible time limits that may be imposed. It’s important to get started on a claim as quickly as possible because you will begin to get calls from insurance companies that want to settle quickly and not necessarily in your favor. As attorneys, we’re not in a hurry to settle, we want to make sure you have recovered medically before we put a value on any claim. The sooner we get started the more protection we can offer you. As time passes, witnesses disappear, memories fade and accounts of accidents change.
What is the mandatory minimum bodily injury coverage in Georgia?
In the state of Georgia drivers are only required to carry $25,000 in liability coverage. What that means is if you’re at fault in an accident the injured person can make a claim and pursue for that $25,000. So if someone is badly injured, they may be only able to recover that amount from the driver if the driver has only the minimum limits. Any additional recovery would have to come from an uninsured motorist coverage policy.
What is comparative negligence?
Comparative negligence determines damages based on who is negligent in an accident. This means that the injured party may be found partly negligent which affects the amount of his or her award. In Georgia, you can still recover if you are less than 50% at fault. For example, if the court finds you 20% negligent you will only be able to recover 80% of the value on your claim. As an example, if you and a fellow passenger are physically fighting in the taxicab and one of you hits the driver’s arm, causing an accident you will probably be found partially negligent.
Would I sue the drivers insurance company, the taxicab insurance company, and/ or both parties?
In any claim, the negligent party is the one sued. We can sue a company for negligently hiring or training a driver. But a driver may be an independent contractor and the only liable party. If you are in a taxicab accident and you are hurt, please call John Foy & Associates. We’ll work with you to sort out which party is liable. You, as a potential client, do not need to worry about these details. Be confident that John Foy & Associates will go after all appropriate parties at fault.
What should I tell the insurance adjuster who is trying to get me to settle? Should I even talk with them?
Remember that any insurance adjustor wants to settle a claim quickly and to the advantage of the insurance company. No matter how nice or helpful the adjustor seems, you should not talk to them without an attorney. You do want to be polite and we will contact and cooperate with the insurance company. For right now, it’s best to say: “Thank you for calling. I am going to retain an attorney. I’ve got John Foy & Associates helping me right now. You need to direct all calls to them.” You, as an individual, are up against a large company with hordes of attorneys protecting their interest. And even with your own insurance company, you can easily find yourself in an adversarial relationship if the other driver is uninsured or underinsured. You may have physical ailments that do not appear for months. But once you sign off on a case you no longer have the right to seek damages.
I was injured in an Atlanta taxicab accident. Who will pay for my medical expenses?
By obtaining representation from John Foy & Associates, you will have access to a law firm which deals with these issues every day. If you have health insurance we will help you navigate your medial options. If you do not have health insurance, we can help locate medical care for you which will be convenient. We’ve been in Atlanta for more than 20 years and we know how to give you solid advice in your time of need.
How can John Foy & Associates help me?
If you’ve been injured in a taxicab accident, you’re uncertain about what to do and where to turn. We are a large firm that only practices personal injury law. We are local and practice throughout all of Georgia. “We do it all day, every day, and we want to share our experience and successes with you,” says firm founder John Foy. Our free consultation line, 404-400-4000, is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. If you have an accident in the middle of the night or a holiday, someone will answer the phone.