When you take a taxi, you should be able to expect safe and professional service. However, taxicab drivers are not perfect, and accidents can happen. If you or a loved one have injuries from a taxicab accident, you might deserve compensation.
Our taxicab accident lawyers have over 20 years of experience with these types of crashes. Whether you were injured as a passenger or another driver, contact John Foy & Associates. We’ll look over the details and see if you have a case for financial recovery.
Call today at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get a free consultation. There is no fee unless we win you compensation.
Common Causes of Taxi Accidents
Taxicab accidents can happen for many reasons. Often, they occur in the same way as other car accidents. Examples of causes include:
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Drunk driving
- Failure to yield
- Fatigued driving
- Poor road or weather conditions
- Not keeping up with taxicab maintenance
Taxi drivers transport passengers for a living. So, they should ensure they’re safe to drive during each shift. That includes avoiding drowsy driving, not drinking while driving, and avoiding texting or other distractions.
If a taxi driver is careless and causes your accident, the driver could be responsible for your injuries. You might be able to bring a case against them to recover your costs.
Taxicab Company Liability
Under Georgia Code § 51-2-2, a company can be responsible for its employee’s actions. If an at-fault taxicab driver is an employee, their company is probably liable. But many taxi drivers are independent contractors instead of employees.
If the driver is a contractor, they could be responsible for their own actions. You would typically bring a claim against the driver rather than the company for which they drive.
Still, the driver’s employer could be liable for your accident injuries in some cases. Examples of company negligence (which is another word for carelessness) include:
- Not performing drug testing on drivers
- Knowingly hiring a driver who is not fit to transport passengers
- Failing to maintain the safety of a taxicab
Talk to a taxicab accident lawyer to know the options based on your accident. A lawyer can look at the driver’s employment status and who is responsible.
Injuries from Collisions with Taxicab Drivers
Taxicab accidents can happen at any time, and many cause severe injuries. A cab driver might not drive carefully enough as they go from one customer to another. During the accident, victims can suffer injuries like:
- Concussions or other brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Facial injuries
- Back and neck injuries, such as whiplash
- Strains and sprains
- And more
Tragically, some people lose their lives in taxicab accidents. If a loved one died, you might have a wrongful death claim. Talk to a lawyer about any compensation options for you and your family.
Taxi Passenger Injuries
Many people can suffer injuries from taxicab accidents. That includes the passengers of a taxicab. Since a taxi is a “common carrier,” there is a higher “duty of care” to passengers.
Under 47 U.S. Code § 206, common carriers are liable for injuries caused by their unlawful actions. If you suffered injuries because of a taxicab driver’s behavior that caused an accident, you have rights. You might be entitled to full compensation for your:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Taxicab drivers must also handle the situation if an accident happens. They have a duty to assist passengers and other drivers involved in the crash. If the driver didn’t do this, that could be an additional liability.
Taxicab Accident Claims Are Complicated
An auto accident claim is overwhelming. With a taxi accident, you might have to deal with multiple insurance companies. Depending on the details, you could have a claim against the driver, the taxicab company, or even a government entity.
Insurance companies will look for ways to pay you as little as possible. Even if the adjuster seems concerned for you, they’re not on your side. Do not accept any offer or give any recorded statements without speaking to a lawyer first.
John Foy & Associates can help if you’ve been hurt in a taxi accident. We help our clients file a claim to seek compensation for their costs. If the insurance company sends a lowball settlement offer, we’ll know how to negotiate or prepare you for court. Learn more during a free consultation by calling (404) 400-4000.
What You Should Do After a Taxi Accident
If a taxicab accident left you with injuries, you have rights. However, you will need to build a personal injury claim to seek compensation. Here are some ways to protect yourself after your accident.
Call the Police
The taxicab driver should call 911 to report the accident to the police. If they don’t do this, you can call.
Make sure officers create an accident report on what happened. You’ll need a copy of this report for your records.
Document the Scene
If you’re well enough to do so, gather information at the scene. You can do this by:
- Taking pictures of your injuries, the vehicle damage, and the entire crash scene
- Getting contact information for any witnesses
- Getting the driver’s name, phone number, employer’s number, and insurance information
You might also take notes on what you remember about the accident. Memories can fade quickly, so be careful to document what you can now.
Get Medical Attention
Don’t wait to see a doctor for your injuries, even if you think your injuries are minor. If you wait too long, it will hurt your claim. The insurance company will use it as an excuse to offer you less. They will need proof that you had injuries and needed treatment.
Talk to a Taxicab Accident Lawyer Today
After a taxicab accident, contact an experienced lawyer in your area. You will probably need legal help to get the compensation you deserve. The insurance companies don’t make it easy, but your lawyer can handle them for you.
John Foy & Associates is a trusted personal injury law firm. We’ve been in business for over 20 years, and we know what it takes to win cases. We also will not charge a fee unless we win your case.
To get started with a free consultation, call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.