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Injured in an accident involving a taxi?

Experienced Taxi Accident Law Firm Serving Injured Claimants in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York

If you, or someone you know, has been injured in an accident involving a taxi in the Massachusetts, New Jersey, or New York areas, you may be entitled to financial compensation. As of 2012, there were approximately 234,000 taxi cab drivers in the United States. Taxi cab drivers can be a serious danger due to the voluminous number of hours taxi cab drivers need to work, many times resulting in unsafe driving practices. Additionally, taxi cab driver compensation can often be dependent on the speed on which they can complete rides leading to additional unsafe practices. 

While taxi crashes have been occurring since nearly their first use, there are more forms of distraction and a greater number of cars on the road than ever. A car accident caused by a taxi can not only be a case of severe driver negligence but can also cause of potentially life-threatening injuries.

If you would like to discuss your legal matter, please contact Neil R. Marion Injury Law at 862-377-9079.

Taxi Cab Accidents: Causes and considerations to keep in mind

Taxi cab accidents, like any other vehicular accidents, can result in injuries and property damage. Here is an overview of taxi cab accidents, including their causes, consequences, and legal considerations:

Causes of Taxi Cab Accidents:

  1. Driver Error: Taxi accidents often occur due to driver error, such as speeding, reckless driving, distracted driving, impairment, running red lights, and others.

  2. Fatigue: Taxi drivers sometimes work long hours, leading to driver fatigue and reduced reaction times.

  3. Weather Conditions: Adverse weather conditions, such as rain, snow, or fog, can increase the risk of taxi accidents.

  4. Mechanical Failures: Poorly maintained taxis can experience mechanical failures, including brake issues or tire blowouts, which can lead to accidents.

  5. Inadequate Training: Some taxi drivers may not receive sufficient training, leading to errors in handling their vehicles.

  6. Aggressive Driving: Aggressive driving behaviors, like tailgating or road rage, can contribute to taxi accidents.

Some Legal Considerations to Keep in Mind:

  1. Liability: Determining liability in a taxi cab accident involves assessing factors like driver negligence, vehicle maintenance, and adherence to traffic laws. It is possible that the taxi cab company can be held liable for any accidents as well due to, among other things, improper training, improper vehicle maintenance, and more.
  2. Insurance: Taxi companies are typically required to have commercial insurance coverage that may provide compensation for victims of accidents involving their cabs.
  3. Shared Liability: In some cases, both the taxi driver and another driver may share liability for the accident, leading to complex legal proceedings.
  4. Passenger Rights: Passengers injured in taxi cab accidents have the right to seek compensation for their injuries and damages.
  5. In New Jersey, those injured as a result of a on-duty taxi cab driver’s negligence, are no longer subject to the verbal threshold or tort limitation that is applied when two private passenger vehicles are involved in an accident due to the commercial nature of taxi cabs and their designation as a “public or livery conveyance for passengers” vehicle. See N.J.S.A. 39:6A-2 (definition of an automobile).

Steps to Take After a Taxi Cab Accident

Being involved in a taxi cab accident can be overwhelming, but knowing the right steps to take can help protect your well-being and your legal rights. Here’s are some of things you should do:

  1. Safety First: Ensure your safety and the safety of others involved. Move to a safe location if possible, away from traffic.

  2. Call for Help: Dial emergency services to report the accident. Request medical assistance if there are injuries.

  3. Check for Injuries: Check yourself and others for injuries. If anyone is injured, provide first aid if you’re able, but wait for medical professionals for serious injuries.

  4. Exchange Information: Exchange contact, driver’s license, and insurance information with the taxi driver. Note the taxi company’s name and license plate number.

  5. Gather Evidence: If it’s safe, take photos of the accident scene, vehicle damage, road conditions, and any relevant road signs or signals.

  6. Obtain Witness Information: If there are witnesses, ask for their contact information. Their statements could be valuable later.

  7. Police Report: If the police arrive, provide accurate information about the accident. Request a copy of the police report for your records.

  8. Seek Medical Attention: Even if you feel fine, get a medical evaluation as some injuries might not be immediately apparent.

  9. Document Injuries: Keep a record of your injuries, medical treatments, and related expenses. This documentation will be important for insurance claims.

  10. Notify Your Insurance: Inform your own insurance company about the accident, providing accurate details.

  11. Avoid Admissions: Avoid admitting fault or discussing liability with the taxi driver or others at the scene. Stick to the facts when discussing the accident.

  12. Consult an Attorney: Consider consulting a personal injury attorney experienced in taxi accidents. They can provide legal advice and protect your interests.

  13. Preserve Evidence: Keep all documents related to the accident, including medical reports, insurance correspondence, and witness information.

  14. Avoid Settling Quickly: Don’t rush into settling with the taxi company’s insurance. Consult an attorney to ensure you receive fair compensation.

  15. Stay Organized: Keep a file with all relevant documents, such as medical bills, repair estimates, and communication with insurance companies.

  16. Know Your Rights: Familiarize yourself with your rights regarding compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

  17. Legal Deadlines: Be aware of the statute of limitations for filing personal injury claims. Consult an attorney to ensure you file within the required timeframe.

Remember that seeking legal advice from a qualified attorney is essential, as they can guide you through the process, negotiate with insurance companies, and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

CONSIDERATIONS FOR HIRING AN EXPERIENCED TAXI CAB ACCIDENT ATTORNEY

If you’ve been involved in a taxi cab accident, hiring the right attorney can greatly affect the outcome of your case. Here are some important considerations to keep in mind when choosing an attorney:

  • Experience and Expertise: Look for an attorney with a proven track record in handling personal injury cases, particularly those involving taxi cab accidents. 

  • Knowledge of Taxi Regulations: An attorney well-versed in local taxi regulations and laws can navigate the complexities of taxi cab accidents, including liability, insurance, and regulatory matters.

  • Investigative Skills: Choose an attorney who has strong investigative skills to gather evidence, reconstruct the accident, and identify liable parties. 

  • Negotiation Skills: A skilled attorney can negotiate with insurance companies and at-fault parties to secure fair compensation.

  • Personalized Attention and Clear Communication: Choose an attorney who takes a personalized approach to your case and is communicative with you. Every situation is unique, and an attorney who listens, responds, informs, and tailors their strategy to your needs can make a significant difference.

A skilled attorney can guide you through the complexities of a taxi cab accident case, protect your rights, and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Take the time to research and select an attorney who aligns with your needs and goals.

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