Taxis are useful for when both residents and visitors of Sandy Springs need transportation. Although taxicab drivers receive training and should have plenty of experience, accidents still happen. If you’ve been hurt in an accident with a taxicab—as a passenger or driver—you have options.
Our Sandy Springs taxicab accident lawyers can help. We are one of the largest and most respected injury law firms in the area. Call John Foy & Associates today to discuss your rights during a free consultation. You might deserve full compensation for your accident-related costs.
Call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for your free consultation today. We don’t take a fee unless we win you money, so there is no risk in getting started.
What to Do If You Were Injured in a Taxicab Accident
After the accident, call 9-1-1. Make sure the police create an accident report on what happened. You will need a copy of this report for your claim. The more you can document the crash, the better it will be for your case.
As an injury victim in a taxicab accident, you might be:
- A passenger in the taxicab
- A driver of another vehicle in the accident
- A passenger of another vehicle in the accident
No matter your role, it’s important to document what you can. Gather information about the accident at the scene. If you have a phone or a camera on you, take pictures of the whole scene—snap photos of any visible injuries and vehicle damage.
Talk to anyone who witnessed the accident. Ask for their names and contact information. Your lawyer can interview these people later to help support your claim. Also, get the taxicab driver’s name, insurance information, and cab number.
Don’t wait to get medical attention. If you need help immediately, call 9-1-1 for an ambulance. Otherwise, see a doctor as soon as possible afterward. If you wait too long to get medical attention, it will hurt your claim.
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Causes of Taxicab Accidents
Taxicab drivers are not immune to mistakes. Negligence is common with taxi drivers, just like with other drivers. However, taxicab drivers operate a car for a living. They should be extra careful to avoid causing accidents.
A taxicab accident might happen because of:
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Texting or taking a phone call while driving
- Driving aggressively or recklessly
- Taxicab driver fatigue
- Causing an accident while picking up or dropping off passengers
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Other factors can sometimes cause a taxicab accident in Sandy Springs. Poor road conditions, hazardous weather, or vehicle defects might contribute to a crash. Other times, a third-party driver might cause an accident rather than a taxicab driver.
Car accident cases are complicated. Several factors might contribute to a crash. After your accident, you’ll need to investigate the collision to see what happened. Then, you can start building an injury case to seek compensation.
John Foy & Associates will carefully review your accident causes. The information we gather will help us build your claim and start fighting for your rights. To learn more during a free consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
How to File a Claim for Money After a Taxicab Accident in Sandy Springs
Georgia is a “fault state.” That means the negligent party in an auto accident is liable for the costs. Under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-1-2, negligence is an absence of reasonable care.
One or more drivers are usually negligent in a taxicab accident. Our attorneys will gather the police report and other information to see who is at fault. If someone else was at fault, you can file a claim or lawsuit against them.
Let’s say that the taxicab driver was at fault for your accident. To file a personal injury claim, you must prove that:
- The taxicab driver owed you a duty of care.
- The driver failed in their duty and was negligent.
- The driver’s negligence led to your accident.
- You suffered injuries and other damages from the collision.
You can usually file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. However, taxicab accidents are unique because the driver might be an employee. You could have a case against the driver, the taxicab company, or a combination of both.
After the accident, it’s best to consult with a lawyer. John Foy & Associates starts with a free consultation for this exact reason. We’ll go over your case with you and help determine your options—at no cost to you.
Don’t Miss the Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations in Georgia is two years from the accident date. In some cases, it’s much shorter. You will need to bring a case within the deadline or miss your chance at compensation.
Insurance companies will look for ways to settle a case quickly. However, that typically means offering you the smallest amount of money possible. Don’t accept a settlement without speaking to a lawyer first. You will want to ensure the offer is fair for you.
Damages Available in a Taxicab Accident Claim
If you didn’t cause your accident, you have a right to seek compensation for your costs. Personal injury damages are losses like:
- Medical bills
- Future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Vehicle repairs
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
An injury claim should aim to “make you whole” after the accident. You have the right to recover money for what the accident has taken from you. That includes all of the damages mentioned above—and possibly more.
Call a Sandy Springs Taxicab Accident Lawyer Today
Taxicab accident cases are often challenging. You might have to deal with multiple insurance companies, and the legalities can be complicated. It’s normal to be unsure of where to start or what to do first.
At John Foy & Associates, we’ll remove the uncertainties and handle the legal side of things for you. With over 20 years of experience, you can rest assured our experienced team will take care of you. We also work on contingency, which means we don’t get paid unless we win you money.
Call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online today for a free, no-risk consultation. We’re here to help you during this challenging time.