Whether you’re catching a taxi to the airport or hailing a cab for a night out on the town, the risks of being involved in a taxicab accident are the same. Although most taxi drivers are responsible drivers who look out for your safety, there are of course exceptions – at some point we’ve all been in a cab that was speeding, recklessly driving, running red lights or even being operated by a driver who was under the influence.
The very nature of a taxi makes them prone to accidents. Think about the long hours taxicab drivers spend behind the wheel where they have to manage constant distractions and hazards, often pushing them beyond exhaustion. Of course distractions and driver fatigue are both leading factors in causing a taxicab accident. Other factors that could lead to a taxicab accident include the driver not being properly qualified or malfunctioning vehicles.
Know Your Legal Rights
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a taxicab accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. However, it is important that you first understand the basics of taxicab accident claims.
The main issue with taxicab accident claims is who should be held responsible for your injuries. Is the taxicab driver the owner of the taxi or do they rent the vehicle from a taxi fleet and drive as an independent contractor? Or maybe they are simply an employee of the taxi company?
The answer to these questions is important as it determines who can be held liable for your injuries. For example, if the driver is an employee of the company, both the driver and taxi company can be held responsible.
To ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries, it is highly advised that you seek the opinion of an experienced Florida taxicab accident attorney. Your attorney will be able to evaluate your claim and determine who the suit should be filed against and what damages you should claim.
Since 1977, James Cunningham has been helping Florida taxicab accident victims receive justice and fair compensation for their injuries. To ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your taxicab accident injuries, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A., at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free initial consultation.
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