If you have been injured in a taxi accident call Los Angeles taxi accident lawyer Allen Vaysberg for a free consultation now. You have the right to seek full and fair compensation for what you have suffered. We offer a free consultation to any accident victim in need of legal advice, and work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay no fees at all unless we win your case.
Why Are Taxicab Accidents Different From Accidents With Other Motor Vehicles?
Taxi accidents can involve complex legal issues. Taxi companies are considered common carriers which means under the law that taxi drivers must use the utmost care when operating a taxicab to ensure the safety of their passengers. Sadly, this isn’t always the case, and taxicab drivers cause hundreds of accidents every year.
If you have suffered an accident due to taxi driver negligence, the fault of the accident may fall on more than just the driver of the vehicle. Traffic accidents are always complex, but taxi cab accidents involve multiple insurance companies, the cab company, more than one driver, and other parties.
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For this reason, it is of the utmost importance that you work with a lawyer who is knowledgeable regarding this specific category of traffic crashes. Your future may depend on it.
Taxicab passengers who have suffered an accident have legal options, even if they do not carry insurance, or weren’t wearing a seat belt. If you’ve been in a cab crash of any kind, schedule a free consultation with our law firm as soon as possible.
You have the right to seek compensation for what you have suffered, however, if you wait too long, you may lose your chance
Who Is Legally Responsible for Taxi Accidents?
When a taxi cab causes an accident, a claim and/or lawsuit can be brought by an injured passenger as well as other people injured by the taxi driver including the driver of another car. Lawsuits brought against taxi drivers who cause accidents will also typically involve the taxi company as well as the owner of the taxi if that person is different from the taxi driver.
Often times, taxi companies will claim when sued that they are not responsible for the conduct of their driver. There are different ways to defeat this argument depending on the facts of this case. For example, showing that the taxi company negligently hired the taxi driver is one way.
Another way is to show that the taxi company controlled the job duties of the taxi driver so that even if the driver is technically an independent contractor and not an employee, the taxi company could still be liable.
These are some examples of the issues that can come up in cases involving taxi accidents. Every accident is different, so speak with your attorney as soon as possible to get the legal advice you need to get your life back on track after.
To speak with a qualified accident lawyer from The Law Offices of Steers & Associates, schedule a free consultation today. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay no fees at all unless we win your case.
Can I Still File a Personal Injury Claim Even if I Believe I’m Partially at Fault?
The state of California follows a pure comparative negligence rule. This means, even if you believe you’re partially at fault for the accident, you can still seek compensation and be awarded a settlement, as long as you’re only partially at fault.
For example, if you believe you’re only ten percent at fault for the accident, the negligent party is responsible for paying out ninety percent of the damages in your case.
Remember to never admit fault at the scene of the accident. You may feel pressured by the negligent party to apologize for what happened, or may feel nervous and automatically place the blame on yourself.
While it’s important to share insurance company information and contact information at the scene of the accident with the other party, never discuss the details of what occurred without speaking to your attorney first.
How Soon Should I File a Taxi Accident Claim?
The state of California places a statute of limitations on filing a personal injury claim. Under California law, there is a two-year statute of limitations for this kind of case. This means anyone who was involved in a cab accident has two years from the date of the incident to contact a lawyer. If you wait too long to file a claim, you run the risk of missing out on the compensation you deserve.
Why Should I Hire a Taxi Accident Attorney?
Our law firm is accustomed to the unique challenges that arise when taxi cab accidents happen. A personal injury case of this nature involves not only the taxi passenger and cab drivers but the insurance companies of both parties as well. When medical bills pile up after a bad accident, it is a wise idea to file a taxi accident claim.
Taxicab insurance companies are notorious for trying to pay the least amount of money after taxi cab accidents. Licensed car services are common carriers, so the cab accident will be handled by a variety of different parties. Without a taxi accident attorney representing you, you may be at a disadvantage.
Taxi accident lawyers handle every aspect of communication in your personal injury lawsuit, from interviewing other taxi passengers and eyewitnesses to managing communication between the negligent party, your insurance company, and everyone else.
Your lawyer will source, compile and assess all necessary documentation to demonstrate that you deserve the maximum compensation, all while you rest and nurse your serious injuries.
What Kind of Compensation Is Provided After Taxicab Accidents?
The type and amount of compensation you will be awarded after your taxi accident depends on the specific nature of the accident itself, the type of injuries you sustained, and how badly you were hurt. If applicable to your case, your lawyer will seek to provide you compensation for:
- Medical bills: Your personal injury claim will aim to provide you with compensation for your current and future medical expenses. You shouldn’t have to pay medical bills caused by the actions of a taxi driver, and our legal team will defend this assertion every step of the way.
- Lost wages: After a taxicab accident, you likely need to stay home and nurse your injuries. Crash victims can receive compensation for their lost income so they don’t fall into financial troubles after their accident.
- Wrongful death: Car accidents take hundreds of innocent lives every year. Our legal team will fight for your right to a settlement when a wrongful death occurs to compensate you for this tragic loss.
- Punitive damages: If the cab company, cab driver, or other parties involved acted especially recklessly or with indifference to human life, your taxi accident claim will compensate you with punitive damages.
As we previously mentioned, every case is different, so be sure to consult with an attorney if you have specific questions about compensation and your prospective settlement.
How Much Does It Cost to Speak With Taxi Accident Lawyers?
At The Law Offices of Steers & Associates, a strong attorney-client relationship is what matters to us most. We never charge for an initial consultation for taxi and other car accident cases.
We understand that a cab accident can change the course of your life. You may be facing high medical costs, and aren’t sure which law firms are trustworthy during this tough time. That is why we offer a free case evaluation to anyone in need, so we can provide you with advice and you can obtain compensation as you deserve.
Every accident lawyer at our firm has a proven track record of success and boasts a strong attorney-client relationship with everyone they’ve served. As a testament to our compassion for injured passengers and drivers in taxi accidents, we offer our consultation at no cost.
Turn To the Law Offices of Steers & Associates to Get the Legal Help You Need After a Taxi Accident
When you’re injured after a bad accident, it can be hard to pick up the pieces and move forward. Medical bills pile up, you’re unable to go to work, and it seems like there’s no relief in sight to help get your life back to normal. At The Law Offices of Steers & Associates, our attorneys help injured victims just like you, when you need it most.
With the help of a taxi accident attorney, you can fight back against negligent cab drivers or gypsy cabs who have harmed you. Remember, we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay no fees at all unless we win your case.
Schedule a no-risk, free consultation with The Law Offices of Steers & Associates today for initial advice regarding your taxicab accident case.