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A taxi may be a reliable and handy mode of transportation for out-of-town guests and persons who do not own or operate a car. Because of the large number of people who live in Northern California. and the proximity to the international airport (LAX), cabs are commonly seen on city streets and freeways. Accidents are unavoidable due to the large number of taxis and other motor vehicles on the road.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a taxi accident, a personal injury lawyer from our firm may be able to assist you. By contacting Pacific Attorney Group today, you can schedule a free first consultation with a professional attorney who will assess your case and determine how our firm can assist you. Our lawyers have more than 35 years of legal experience and a wealth of resources to help you bring the taxi driver or company responsible for your injuries to justice.
Taxi accidents can result in serious, life-altering injuries. Lacerations, broken bones, missing teeth, facial damage, a neck injury, a back injury, a concussion, or even a traumatic brain injury could result in high medical expenditures. Doesn’t it seem like the cab company should cover such expenses? However, persuading a cab company to accept responsibility might be difficult. Their insurance company will almost certainly make you a low ball offer that is far from enough.
You can begin building a strong case for injury compensation right away with the help of a California taxi accident lawyer. The following are the procedures you should take to back up your claim.
You’ll need an extensive list of details for your taxi accident claim. Obtain the taxi driver’s name, license number, taxi registration number, taxi employer’s name, and contact information for the taxi employer. Also, find out who the cab’s insurance company is and how to contact them. You’ll need the names, contact information, and insurance information of any other drivers involved in the accident. Bystanders on the street, persons working at adjacent businesses, or even other passengers in the taxi could be affected. Please list any witnesses to the accident and their contact information.
Are you sure the police got notified and filed a taxi accident report? Passengers in taxis frequently neglect to report accidents because they believe the taxi driver would do so. Remember that the taxi driver might not want to report the collision. They don’t want to get into problems with their boss, and they certainly don’t want to deal with the cops. You may have to write the report yourself and seek a copy from the cops. Speak with the officer directly. If you were taken away by ambulance, contact the police department later and request that your injuries get added to the police record.
When documenting your taxi accident claim, videos and images can be beneficial. Take films and photos of the accident scene, and ask for copies from anyone else who may have obtained anything that could be useful. Take multiple images of your injuries from various angles and additional photos if your injuries progress. Traffic accident bruises and swelling might take hours or days to show. You can also obtain the taxi’s dashcam footage or video footage rolling at neighboring businesses with the advice of a taxi accident lawyer. Don’t be shocked if the cab company refuses to provide this evidence until your taxi accident lawyer intervenes.
Severe damage and interior swelling can exacerbate accident injuries. Even if you don’t believe you’ve gotten gravely hurt, seek medical assistance right away. Crutches, braces, wraps, ointments, and medicines may be required, costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars. All of your medical invoices, including receipts for out-of-pocket expenses, should be saved. Your taxi accident lawyer will explain your legal rights and compensation options.
Taxi passengers who are injured often succeed in their claims because, under California common carrier law, taxi drivers get required to “use the utmost care and diligence for their safe carriage, must provide everything necessary for that purpose, and must exercise a reasonable degree of skill to that end.
Yes. You can sue if you can show that the taxicab driver was partially to blame for your injuries or the loss of a loved one. Because California is a comparative negligence state, your compensation will be lowered by the percentage of your fault. As an example, if you are awarded $1 million for an injury but are determined to be 50% at blame, your reward will be reduced to $500,000. You can sue anyone else who may have been at fault for the accident in addition to the taxicab company and owner.
Yes. Under California law, a taxicab company is classified as a “common carrier.” As a result, it has a responsibility to take every precaution to ensure the safety of passengers. The taxicab driver and company must use all reasonable human care, alertness, and foresight under the circumstances, and they are liable for even the smallest negligence.
Plaintiff is entitled to damages for past, present, and future medical expenditures, past and future wage loss, past and future pain and suffering, and punitive damages if the behaviour is considered to be particularly egregious (i.e., punishment damages against the defendant). If a passenger in a taxicab dies, his or her survivors are entitled to full compensation for the passenger’s economic losses as well as emotional distress damages resulting from the loss of the decedent’s care and comfort in society. If the plaintiff’s survivors can show that he or she lived for a period of time between the negligent act and his or her death, they may be able to pursue punitive damages.
You have two years from the date of the accident to make a complaint in a taxicab accident case. However, under rare cases, such as when an injury is discovered late, the time period can be prolonged. If the accident includes a public entity in any way, a claim against that entity must be brought within six months.
It is dependent on the circumstances. Any reputable attorney will employ the required experts for you to win and receive proper recompense for your losses in any major injury or death case where there is any disagreement as to fault or damages.
The majority of legal concerns necessitate lengthy responses. The answers given here may not be complete or correct, but they are intended to help consumers with quick responses. Speak with an attorney for more extensive answers to these queries.
A taxi cab accident is identical to a conventional car accident filing a personal injury claim. However, the specifics of your claim get determined by the categorization of your taxi accident injury. If you were in another vehicle when a taxi cab struck you, you must submit a claim with the taxi’s insurance company. If you were a passenger in the cab at the time of the accident, you must submit a claim with each of the irresponsible motorists’ insurance companies.
Because taxi accidents typically involve numerous at-fault parties and wounded passengers, they are more complicated than conventional automobile accident claims. It may be more challenging to receive the total compensation you deserve if you are not the only victim of the disaster. It is why you need solid legal counsel on your side, fighting for your rights and ensuring that you get the financial compensation you deserve.
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