Taxi Accident Claims
Any individual who entrusts their safety to a private hire vehicle driver does so on the understanding that traveling by car will always carry a certain degree of risk. Taxis are an essential means of transport for those of us who enjoy a few drinks over the weekend and young women, who are often advised to utilise cab services if traveling home after a night out. Although many established companies set out criteria for prospective driver candidates, relatively few tests to ensure their drivers are ‘up to the job’. Self-employed taxi drivers are regulated by local councils, therefore aren’t required to prove sufficient driving experience in order to obtain a commercial license. Fortunately, all PHV drivers are required to hold public liability insurance, which, in the event of an accident, provides adequate cover should passengers decide to pursue taxi accident claims for injury.
Have you been injured following an accident involving a taxi, cab or private hire vehicle? If your driver, or another motorist was at fault, you are entitled by law to file a taxi accident claim against the person responsible in order to recover compensation for your injuries.
Any accident where someone else is to blame can be sufficiently stressful. In entrusting your safety to a taxi driver, you naturally assume he/ she will drive responsibly and with due care. Our experienced injury solicitors understand the frustration you’re likely to feel in such circumstances and will do their utmost to support you by handling all aspects of your taxi accident claim. There are no fees for our time because these are recovered from the party at fault. Should we conclude your claim successfully, you will also receive 100% of the compensation to which you are entitled.
Understanding Taxi Accident Claims
As a rule, most taxi drivers have sufficient experience and common sense to understand their responsibility of care to passengers and take caution to avoid dangerous situations. Due to the nature of their industry, many taxi drivers work long 12 hour shifts, which can cause fatigue and negatively impact concentration. Lack of concentration is to blame for more than 60% of all car accidents on the road, although surprisingly, it is the incompetence of others that leads to the vast majority of taxi accidents. Taxi accident claims can be filed by passengers or drivers. If you were a passenger at the time of the incident, you would pursue your claim against the driver, or the driver of the vehicle responsible. Similarly, if you were a taxi driver yourself and not at fault, you would be within your rights to file a claim against the third party.
Obtaining Compensation For Your Injuries
Whiplash is a prevalent injury common with accidents on the road. It is usually caused when a vehicle comes to an abrupt stop, either to swerve from the path of an oncoming vehicle or immediately after a collision. The force of the impact jolts the neck in a whip-like manner, causing the muscles to become over stretched or torn. Severe whiplash may also lead to injury affecting the upper and lower spine. Compensation for this type of injury is variable depending on the length of time it takes to recover and future prognosis. Our injury solicitors will negotiate the maximum compensation relevant to your case and will not settle for less than we believe you deserve.
If you have questions relative to the claim procedure, or you would like us to provide a free evaluation without obligation, submit your details via the online form to arrange a suitable time for us to call you. Alternatively, get in touch with our office directly via the free helpline number.