Those who drive taxis are typically careful, professional drivers. Of course, this does not mean that drivers don't make mistakes on the road. Accidents, especially when they involve taxi drivers, can be complicated to figure out. If you are in a car accident involving a taxi, you should know what to do next.
What Kinds of Taxi Accidents Can You Face?
Most people never have to worry about a taxi accident. Of course, your chances of being in an accident increase the more time you spend in a taxi. It's the same as with any other type of vehicle.
These are some of the most common types of taxi accidents that can lead to personal injuries:
- Pedestrian accidents, perhaps caused by running a stop sign or red light
- Read-end accidents at stop signs and red lights
- One driver running a stop sign and hitting another in an intersection
- Illness caused by taxis that are not well-maintained
- Hazardous conditions on the road that lead to accidents
- Maintenance issues that lead to accidents and injuries
As a passenger, you are not responsible for an accident that leads to your injuries. Somebody else is responsible for your injury. So what should you do?
Who Is Responsible for a Taxi Injury?
There are several people who may be responsible for your taxi injury. It could be the driver of the taxi, the driver of another vehicle or the taxi's parent company. It could even be a municipality, like a city that had unsafe road conditions. The vehicle's manufacturer could also be to blame for something that led to an accident.
Taxi injuries are serious, and they can have serious detriments. For example, you may have serious injuries that leave you unable to work. You might not be able to return to your daily routine, which can be highly disruptive and difficult on a physical and emotional level. You may also take a financial hit. You may deserve compensation for your damages.
What Should You Do Next?
If you have been in a taxi accident, you should speak with an attorney right away. An attorney will examine your case to help determine fault in the matter and help you see what your next steps should be.
In the meantime, do not accept a settlement or discuss any possible settlement with an insurance company or another person involved in the case. You should always work through your attorney to ensure you can maximize the benefits you receive.
To learn more, contact a car accident lawyer.