Taxis are a great way to get about, especially in big cities or on nights out. Taxi drivers are professional, experienced drivers who travel many miles in their vehicles everyday. They are on the whole a safe and handy way to travel, but like any mode of transport, accidents happen. If you have been injured as a passenger or the driver of a taxi then Ashley Ainsworth can help to get you the compensation you deserve.
Taxi crash accidents
Despite the safe reputation of taxi drivers, anyone can be on the wrong end of an accident. Drivers often work long and late shifts which can leave them tired and prone to momentary lapses of concentration. Taxis are also not always given respect by other road users, who drive recklessly and dangerously around them as a result.
Some possible actions to take if you are unfortunate enough to be in a taxi accident are shown below.
- Check nobody is seriously hurt and seek medical attention yourself if you have injuries
- If no one else has, report the accident to the police
- Take the driver's name, registration and company details
- Get names and addresses of any witnesses to the accident
- If possible take photos of the crash scene
If you are injured as a passenger then it is irrelevant who caused the accident. If the taxi itself caused the incident then the taxi accident claim would be made against them. If another vehicle is at fault, for example a car driving into the back of the taxi, then a compensation claim can be made against their insurance. Drivers however, can only make a claim if they have had an accident involving a taxi that was not their fault.
Seatbelts affecting compensation
Although it is required by law for passengers to wear a seatbelt in the back of a taxi, if you have been injured in a crash and were not wearing a belt then it is still possible to claim compensation. However, the figure you're awarded may be reduced (for example by 25%) due to the fact that your own actions contributed to your injuries. Whiplash is a common injury in taxi accidents.
Making a taxi accident claim
Call 08000 93 33 93 or Contact Us now and talk to one of our team about your accident.
At Ashley Ainsworth we have dealt with many drivers and passengers injured in or by taxis. Our team is always happy to offer a no obligation chat and answer any questions you may have about making a claim.