If you were taking a cab in Augusta and got into an accident, you may be feeling both angry and frustrated. You may be angry because your life has been severely affected by something that wasn’t your fault. And you may be frustrated because you don’t know when – or if – you will be able to get any compensation for your injuries. Meanwhile, you are confronting medical bills, an inability to work, and a long and difficult recovery process. You need to talk to a taxicab accident lawyer in Augusta.
John Foy & Associates is one of Georgia’s premier accident injury law firms. Our philosophy has always been that accident victims deserve to be compensated for their injuries, and we have spent more than 20 years working tirelessly to make that happen. We offer a free consultation to talk about your accident and explain the options available to you. Let us give you a free consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
Who is liable in my taxicab accident?
Depending on the way your accident happened, there are several parties that might be liable. In general, liability in any car accident depends on who was negligent, or not as careful as they should reasonably be expected to be. Because you are a passenger, you will never be liable. However, one of the following may be responsible:
- The driver of the cab. Cab drivers have a reputation for driving aggressively to get where they’re going faster. If your driver was overly aggressive or broke traffic laws, the driver may be liable.
- The taxicab company. Cab companies have a responsibility to make sure they are hiring good drivers, and to supervise those drivers and provide them with any needed training. If the cab company fails to do this, it can be held liable.
- Another driver. If another driver’s negligence caused the accident, the driver may be liable.
- The City of Atlanta. The city regulates the taxi industry operating in the city and is responsible for inspecting taxis to make sure they are properly maintained. But if a taxi is not inspected thoroughly and allowed to remain on the road when it isn’t safe, the city may bear responsibility.
No matter who is liable, you, as a passenger, are entitled to recover the full cost of your injuries.
How are taxicab accidents different than other types of car accidents?
The rules about negligence and who caused an accident are the same for taxicab accidents as for any other type of vehicle accident in
- Augusta-Richmond County. But when a taxi driver causes an accident, the accident become more complicated because it can be hard to determine whether anyone else might also be liable.
For example, to hold the taxi company liable, investigation is needed into what the cab company did in hiring and supervising the driver. Even if the cab company appears to have failed in its duties, cab companies often try to dodge liability by claiming the driver is an independent contractor and not an employee. The problem with this is that cab drivers themselves are not required to carry any more insurance than an ordinary driver, and if the cab company doesn’t bear any responsibility it can be hard to get a full financial recovery for serious injuries.
If the city is potentially at fault, then there are additional issues to contend with. All of this makes it especially important to work with a lawyer if you have been injured in a taxi accident.
What are some common causes of taxi accidents?
For the most part, taxi drivers are careful and follow traffic laws. But some engage in risky maneuvers because they’re in a hurry to get where they’re going. And that can put you at risk. Some common causes of taxi accidents include:
- Aggressive lane changing
- Being distracted by a GPS or other distraction
- Improper maintenance of the cab
- Running stop signs or other traffic signals
- Inadequate driver training
No matter what the cause of your accident, we always recommend you do three things at the scene. First, get medical attention if necessary. Second, call the police so you will have a police report to support any claim you might make for your injuries. Third, get the name and license number of the cab driver, and the name of the cab company. Together, these actions will help you get proper treatment and set the stage for a strong claim for money for your injuries.
How much money can I recover?
As a passenger, you can recover the full cost of your injuries. This means far more than just getting your medical bills paid, though that is certainly part of it. You can also recover money to make up for time you had to miss from work after the accident. These costs are known as “special damages,” and they are usually proven through medical bills, receipts and pay stubs.
If you were seriously hurt, your entire life may have become a battle with pain, mobility issues, disfiguring scars, or a brain injury. The local courts know that these issues take a heavy toll, and that’s why “general damages” or “pain and suffering” damages are available to help accident victims cope with the non-financial impact of an accident.
The amount you receive for special damages will depend on the type of injuries you have, the cost of treatment, how long you are expected to be out of work, and how much money you make. Once those damages are calculated, the severity of the accident and your injuries come into play. Insurance companies typically calculate general damages by multiplying your special damages by a number from 1 to 5, depending on how serious your accident was.
ALL insurance companies will try to pay you as little as possible. They may question your injuries, minimize how bad the accident was, or try to skate out of responsibility altogether. This is why you need to have a lawyer protecting your interests and working to get you the best recovery possible.
Talk to an Augusta Taxicab Accident Lawyer
At John Foy & Associates, our goal is to get you paid. We never charge a fee unless we put money in your hands. Let us give you a free consultation to go over the facts about your accident and help you plan your next steps. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.