After a taxicab accident in Brookhaven, you might be eligible for compensation. But seeking financial recovery for a taxi crash is different from other auto accidents. If you were hurt as a passenger or another driver, talk to a Brookhaven taxicab accident lawyer.
Taxicab rides should make life more convenient—not stressful. However, sometimes taxi drivers make careless mistakes that injure others. If you suffered injuries, you need to know your rights. Taxicab accident claims are often complex.
At John Foy & Associates, we can help. We’ve been helping injured clients for over 20 years. We know what it takes to win cases. To learn more during a FREE consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim After a Taxicab Accident
Georgia is an at-fault state, which means:
- The at-fault driver in an accident is responsible for the damages.
- As the injured party, you can seek compensation from the at-fault driver.
- You should not have to pay for damages you didn’t cause.
You will need to file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. However, knowing where to file is complicated with a taxi accident.
Taxicab drivers are either employees or independent contractors. Their employment status will affect how you seek compensation. If the driver is an employee, the cab company is probably liable. You’ll need to file a claim with the cab company’s insurance.
If the driver is a contractor, the cab company might deny responsibility. You might need to file a claim with the driver’s insurance company. The details can quickly become confusing, and every case is different. Contact an experienced lawyer for help. They’ll determine who is liable for the accident.
Partial Fault in Georgia
Sometimes, more than one party is at fault for an accident. For example, two drivers might be partially responsible for a taxicab accident. If you’re worried about being partly to blame, you still have options.
Georgia has “modified comparative negligence” laws (Georgia Code §51-12-33). These laws allow you to recover damages if you’re less than 50% at fault. If you’re partially at fault, your compensation is reduced based on your percentage of fault.
If several parties were at fault, it might mean several injury claims. Talk to your lawyer before assuming responsibility one way or the other.
Get Compensation for Your Accident Injuries
Some taxicab accidents leave you with minor injuries. Others are catastrophic or deadly. No matter the severity, you deserve compensation if you were not at fault.
See a doctor as soon as possible after your accident—even if you feel okay. You could have underlying injuries that will worsen with time. You’ll need to know the full extent of your injuries before filing a claim.
A personal injury claim seeks compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Save all evidence of your costs and potential losses. Talk to your doctor about future treatment needs. Also, work with an experienced lawyer who can help you calculate everything.
Taxicab accidents can be incredibly expensive. But you don’t have to handle the aftermath alone. You might be eligible for full financial recovery. Talk to a lawyer today about your options.
How Negligence Relates to Your Accident Case
All drivers in Brookhaven have a “duty of care.” If a driver breaches that duty, it’s known as negligence (Georgia Code §51-1-2). When a taxicab driver is negligent, they’re responsible for your costs.
Your personal injury claim must prove that:
- The taxicab driver owed you a duty of care.
- The taxicab driver was negligent (not careful enough).
- The driver’s negligence caused your accident.
- You suffered damages from your accident.
Proving the driver’s negligence isn’t always easy. Plus, the driver or taxi company might try to deny liability. You will need an experienced lawyer who can build you a strong case.
Taxicab companies often have powerful lawyers on their sides. The company will spring into action after an accident. If you try to seek compensation, the company’s lawyers will look for ways to discredit your claim.
Having your own lawyer levels the playing field. You’ll have a professional on your side from the beginning. Your lawyer will work to:
- Investigate the cause of the accident,
- Gather evidence of the driver’s negligence,
- Determine your total accident damages, and
- Fight back if the other side tries to deny your claim.
Our taxicab accident lawyers know how to build strong cases. We’ll utilize investigators, experts, and our own experience to fight for you. We’ve done this for countless accident victims for 20-plus years.
Contact us today for a FREE, no-risk consultation. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started.
Examples of Negligence by Taxicab Drivers
There are many ways a taxicab driver might cause an accident. Examples of negligence we’ve seen include:
- Driver fatigue
- Aggressive driving
- Failure to yield
- Poor driver training
- Distracted driving
- Drunk or drugged driving
Taxicab drivers are often under a lot of stress. They must navigate city traffic for hours on end. Plus, some taxicab drivers do not adequately vet and train drivers.
You’ll need to know why the driver caused your accident. Plus, you must take action today. In Georgia, you typically have two years to file a claim. In some instances, you have less time.
Talk to a lawyer today to begin seeking the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Brookhaven Taxicab Accident Lawyer for Free
If you or a loved one were injured in a taxicab accident, call John Foy & Associates. We are one of the largest and most respected personal injury firms in Georgia. Our lawyers know what it takes to win. Plus, we’re always on the side of injury victims.
Working with us is risk-free because:
- We do not charge a fee unless we win your case.
- There is no upfront cost to work with us.
- Our fee is simply a percentage of what we win for you.
- The consultation is 100% FREE.
To schedule a FREE consultation, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.