Whether you’re heading home after work, you’re attending an appointment or you’re returning from a night out in town, you may find yourself taking a taxi. While the vast majority of taxi rides run smoothly without any problems at all, there may be risks accompanied with taking a taxi and it’s wise to be wary of potential dangers to reduce your risk of road traffic accidents and finding yourself in a hazardous or uncomfortable situation.
Are there any risks with taking a taxi?
Many people rely on taxis to get from A to B and in most cases, they don’t experience any problems. However, there are certain risks accompanied with taking a taxi and it’s wise to be alert to hazards to protect yourself from car crash injuries and dangerous scenarios. Here are some of the risks accompanied with taking a taxi:
- road accidents caused by careless driving
- inflated prices
- abuse and physical violence
Staying safe when travelling by taxi
Taxi accidents are rare and most drivers will take the utmost care to get you to your destination as quickly and safely as possible. If you are taking a taxi, here are some tips to help you stay safe:
- always use a licensed cab
- always ensure a meter is running or agree a price beforehand
- try to travel with others, especially late at night
- carry your mobile phone with you
- book a taxi well in advance so you don’t have to wait in a queue for hours at the end of the night
- look for the driver’s ID details (these should be clearly visible)
Am I able to claim for an accident in a taxi?
If you’ve been injured on the road whilst taking a taxi and the driver was at fault, you may be eligible for car crash compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline for more information about making a no win, no fee* compensation claim.
Established in 2000, we have an experienced team of personal injury lawyers waiting to handle your case with care and professionalism; the majority of our clients don’t have to go to court and most consultations take place over the telephone. We are a reliable and reputable firm with an excellent track record. Call today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to talk to one of our friendly advisors.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown