Taxi Driver Accident Claims
Britain’s roads are getting busier all the time and with an estimated 80,000 taxis registered in England and Wales, they’re bound to be involved in road traffic accidents from time to time.
Taxi accident compensation claims are different to most other compensation claims due to the amount of factors that need to be taken into consideration. Who was at fault? Who has been injured? Is the cab driver’s livelihood at risk? The answers to all of these questions need to be identified before suitable action can be taken, and that’s why Brooklands has a dedicated team to deal with any accident involving a mini cab, hackney carriage or a black cab.
There are so many different types of personal injury claims relating to taxi accidents and passenger injuries.
You Can Make a Taxi Accident Claim if:
- Your taxi was hit and it was the other party’s fault – This will apply to you if you have been hit by another vehicle whilst travelling in a taxi, either as the passenger or as the driver of the cab, and the collision was the fault of the other driver.
- If this has happened to you then you are entitled to make a claim for compensation for a range of issues including injuries caused, loss of income and vehicle damage. If you were the driver of the taxi and are claiming for loss of earnings, our team will need access to three years worth of personal accounts to be able to calculate this figure correctly. If your taxi is a write-off, we will organise a hire car (provided by either your firm or the council, depending on taxi license type) until a new vehicle and taxi plate have been sourced.
- Your taxi crashed and it was the cab driver’s fault – If you’re involved in a road traffic collision whilst travelling as a taxi passenger, and your cab driver is to blame, then you and your fellow passengers are entitled to make a claim for compensation from the driver and their insurance company.
- If you are the driver of the taxi then you will not be able to claim for personal injuries. You will, however, be entitled to have your car repaired or replaced by your insurance company so long as you have comprehensive motor insurance
- The taxi you were in crashed but you weren’t wearing a seat belt – Anybody injured as the result of a cab crash whilst travelling as a passenger in a taxi cab is entitled to pursue a compensation claim from the party at fault.
Since the passenger is not in control of any vehicle, they cannot be to blame for a road traffic collision. Passengers should still take precautions such as fastening seat belts correctly though, as a failure to do so can see compensation reduced by up to 25% due to ‘contributory negligence’, a failure on the passenger’s behalf to help ensure their own safety.
If you’ve been involved in any of the above road traffic accidents, either as a cab driver or passenger, then get in touch with us at Brooklands.
We understand the needs of both passengers and drivers after an accident and will work hard to resolve any issues and achieve a resolution of your claim.