Claiming Compensation for a Road Accident in a Taxi

When it comes to travelling late at night, a taxi is often the best option. Taxi’s provide a reliable service which takes you from your location right to your front doorstep in the quickest time. It negates the need to take public transport and while being a little more expensive provides you a personal service and allows you to avoid having to walk to your destination. 

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Unfortunately like any other car, a taxi is susceptible to a motor vehicle accident and if you are in the taxi at the time when one occurs then you could suffer serious injuries. Taxi drivers have a responsibility to ensure your safety for the duration of the trip, but in some cases a third party could hit the taxi and be responsible for your accident. 

Regardless of who is to blame, if you are involved in an accident in a taxi through no fault of your own then you may be able to make a claim against a third party for compensation. 

What rights and responsibilities do I have in a taxi?

You have the same rights and responsibilities in a taxi as you would as a passenger in any vehicle. The driver must take all possible actions to ensure the safety of his passengers and if you believe that your taxi driver has been negligent then you may be able to make a claim against him for compensation. Taxi drivers are generally covered by insurance to protect the health of passengers that are being transported and therefore you should not look at it as a personal compensation claim, but rather once against the company.

If you were involved in a car accident which was the fault of another party then you are entitled to make a claim against the party at fault for compensation. If another car has caused a collision in which you were injured then you are eligible to make a claim against the other driver for compensation in the same way as if the car was your own.

You also have the right and responsibility to ensure that your taxi driver is safe to drive you. If the taxi driver is under the influence of any controlled substances such as drugs or alcohol then you can make a claim against them for negligence. 

What injuries can I suffer as a passenger?

The injuries that you can suffer at the hands of a taxi driver are similar to what you could suffer in a car accident of your own and include:

  • Head injuries
  • Neck injuries including whiplash
  • Broken or sprained limbs
  • Cuts, graizes and abrasions.

How can I claim?

If you have been injured as a passenger in a taxi through no fault of your own then you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. To find out your rights and to speak to an expert give our team at Manners Pimblett a call on 0845 077 0772 and let us help you on your way to financial compensation. 

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