The use of taxis to get around from place to place has long been one of only a few options available to those unable to drive themselves. Travelling by taxi also remains a popular way of getting to and from the airport when going on or returning from a foreign holiday and getting home after a night out or party where the consumption of alcoholic drinks prohibits revellers from driving home lawfully and safely. For the most part, taxi drivers are helpful and professional and know the local area in which they serve as the back of their hands. Due in no small part to the job they do, taxi drivers also tend to be amongst the most competent and capable drivers on our roads which make travelling by taxi a relatively safe way to travel.
However, even this is not enough to make it as safe as some other forms of transport as other road users have the ability to cause accidents even if the taxi driver doesn’t. Taxi accidents do happen and can happen at any time, even when we least expect them to, often as a result of taxi drivers working long hours with few breaks or speeding to get more custom. Regardless of who was responsible for it, being involved in a taxi accident can have dire consequences for victims. Taxi accidents can lead to untold misery and may cause life-changing injuries or even death. If you have been injured in a taxi accident that wasn’t your fault but someone else’s, you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim.
How Much Compensation Could I Be Entitled To?
Of course, it depends on the injury so we really cannot give you a round about figure to what compensation you will receive. All we can tell you is that if the taxi driver has accepted liability for your injuries, then you may be eligible to make a compensation claim. Call Tylers Solicitors today on 0800 699 0079, and we can talk you through your claims process.
As every taxi accident is different, there is an increased likelihood of a range of different bodily injuries being sustained by their victims. As a direct result of this, it is hard to calculate amounts that may typically be awarded as a combination of different injuries may be sustained to the bodies of victims in accidents of this kind. One case may concern a taxi accident where the victim suffers a broken or fractured leg injury whereas another may concern an accident where the victim suffers another injury in addition to a broken or fractured leg injury and other injuries on top of these.
Our Types of Bodily Injury page has a full listing of all the injuries that you can suffer in a variety of different accidents if you need to know how much compensation you could be eligible to receive. Details of amounts that have been awarded in past cases for a wide range of different injuries and to varying degrees of severity can also be found using our claims compensation calculator.
What Are The Most Common Injuries Caused By Taxi Accidents And How Are They Caused?
There are many different injuries that can be caused by accidents in taxis and the ways in which those accidents can happen are perhaps equally varied. Some taxi accidents are caused by careless driving and may include the driver driving excessively fast around corners and accelerating and braking suddenly. Many problems often arise when passengers aren’t abiding by the law by wearing their seatbelts in the event of a crash. This often results in them being moved about violently inside the vehicle. Injuries in taxi crashes can be extremely serious especially if the car was travelling at a very high speed at the time it collided with an object or another vehicle and passengers are not wearing their seatbelts. Broken and fractured bone injuries are amongst the most commonly reported injuries in taxi accidents as well as laceration injuries to the exterior of the body in the form of cuts and bruises.
Here is a list of common injuries:
- Bruised Body
- Broken Leg
- Broken Arm
- Whiplash Injury (More about whiplash injury)
- Strained Back Injury
- Bruised Face
- Broken Nose
Internal bleeding is a more serious injury that can occur if the accident was bad enough. These injuries often require lengthy and painstaking surgery to repair the damaged internal blood vessels and can result in death if the bleeding cannot be stemmed. Brain damage to varying degrees of severity can also occur if the trauma of a substantial enough level is sustained by the victim’s head. The long-term impact of brain injuries can be dire for their victims and can lead to other conditions like post-concussion syndrome amongst others. The sheer terror and distress of being involved in a taxi accident can also lead to long-term psychological problems which can have untold consequences for the victim. Additionally, whiplash and other spinal and neck injuries are also common in taxi accidents and happen when another vehicle strikes the back of the taxi at high speed when the taxi is stationary.
What Should You Do After Being Injured In A Taxi Accident?
If you have suffered an injury as a result of being involved in an accident in a taxi, there are things you should do to give yourself the best chance possible of being awarded the maximum amount of compensation. The best way to do this is to seek immediate medical attention even if you feel as though you are alright as you may be in shock and not feel any immediate pain if you have broken or fractured a bone for example and whiplash injuries may take the time to develop fully. When you are at the hospital, the doctors treating you will note down the injuries you have suffered in your medical records. This information will then be used as evidence should you decide to go ahead with making a personal injury compensation claim.
If you can, you should also make a note of such things as where and when the accident happened as well as the date and the driver’s personal details including their full name, insurance details and car registration number. If other drivers were involved in the accident, as is often the case; you should do the same if at all possible. The testimony of witnesses is also exceptionally important in establishing who is to blame and so the compiling of their details will also without a doubt help your case incredibly as will taking photos of the scene. It is also a legal requirement that you contact the police following an accident should you be able to. This ensures that there is an official record of the event and it gives you a better chance of securing a settlement.
What Factors Determine How Much I Could Claim?
If you have been involved in a taxi accident recently, the amount of money you could be entitled to claim very much depends on a variety of different factors that are based on the particular circumstances surrounding the accident itself. The maximum time limit for personal injury compensation claims to be made in the United Kingdom is three years, so if you wish to make a claim, you should ideally do so within that period. The overall extent of your injuries and damage to your body is another key factor in determining how much you could be eligible to claim. This is because the most severe injuries are normally awarded the largest sums and the least serious tending to be awarded the smallest. Furthermore, the accident must also not have been your fault, but that of someone else and you should be able to prove this with the evidence you compile.
The taxi driver is often blamed for injuries sustained by passengers travelling in their vehicle although this is not always the case, especially if the passenger is distracting them in some way and therefore contributes to the accident. In the event of the driver being culpable for causing the accident that led to your injury, the claim will be made against the taxi firm for which they work. If the accident was the fault of another road user, however, the claim could be made against them. If the accident happened as a result of the road or an obstacle getting in the driver’s way then your claim will probably be made against the local authority responsible for the area in which the accident took place. The amount you could be entitled to claim may also be reduced if you weren’t wearing your seatbelt at the time of the accident as this is a legal requirement and your injuries probably would not have been as bad had you been wearing it.
What Can Compensation Be Claimed For And How Can It Be Used?
If your claim is successful, the money that you are awarded could be used to pay for any number of things related to the injuries you have sustained. The amount you could be likely to receive is based on the overall losses you have suffered and usually, covers any money you have had to spend to induce recovery. For many instances, this includes travelling expenses if your injuries were bad enough that they warranted a journey to the hospital or your doctor’s surgery as well as for subsequent appointments if you have had consultations about receiving further treatment of some kind. If you are left with some residual disability, the money can go towards making any adaptations to your home or car as well.
The money can also cover the costs of any medical treatment if you have opted to be treated privately instead of using the services of the NHS as well as covering the amount you have lost in earnings over the period you have had to take off work to recover if you have had to. The money can also be used to pay for the general pain and inconvenience you have suffered as a direct result of the injuries caused by your accident. To improve your chances of being awarded compensation, you should retain any receipts for petrol or tickets if you have travelled to your appointments using public transport and any documents detailing the cost of any private medical treatment you have received.
Why Tylers Can Win Compensation for Your Taxi Accident Claim
It could not be easier to make a personal injury compensation claim with Tyler’s Solicitors. Over the years, we have helped countless victims of injury caused by taxi accidents that weren’t their fault claim the compensation that they are entitled to. During that time we have come to appreciate just how distressing being involved in accidents such as these can be for those victims and those closest to them. Compensation can go a long way towards helping you to rebuild your life after being involved in a taxi accident and put you back in a financial situation that makes it appear as though it never happened. Tylers’ team of expert personal injury solicitors have many years’ combined experience in dealing with cases of this kind, and we can assure you that they will do all within their power to award you with a compensation settlement that you’ll be happy with. We will utilise the full extent of our professionalism and keep you updated every step of the way through the claims process should any developments in your case arise.
What Information Will I Be Expected To Disclose About My Taxi Accident Claim?
At your first point of contact with Tylers where you visit us or by phone, we will assess your eligibility to claim by asking you to answer a few simple questions which will provide a guide to what you could be expected to achieve. The answers you give to us will also indicate if we need to attain medical records and records from the police in which we will contact on your behalf.
Don’t delay after suffering an injury as a result of being involved in a taxi accident that wasn’t your fault. Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.