Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Millennium Eye; these are all things which are associated with London but another aspect of London for which the city is renowned, is its cabs. London is full of the typical black London taxis we all know from films and from real life. But, it is a big, bustling city and you have to be careful in it to prevent any serious accidents, even when hailing a taxi in London.
What do I have to be careful of when hailing a taxi in London?
The main thing you have to be most careful of when hailing a taxi are the other vehicles on the road. London roads are notorious for being busy all year round and road traffic accidents tend to happen quite a lot. If you stand out in the middle of the road to call a taxi, you need to be aware of your surroundings, as the last thing you want to do is get run over and have to make a road traffic injury claim.
What else do I need to be careful of when hailing a taxi in London, to avoid a car accident?
You need to make sure the taxi you are hailing is a genuine London taxi. Usually the taxi will have a plate on the back from the London borough it is from. They also often have the logo or name of the company on the side of the taxi. If you are ever in doubt that the taxi is not genuine do not get into it, as London has been known for fake taxis and by getting into one you could be getting yourself into trouble. A fake taxi may not know the area as well or may not be as good at driving, and could make a car crash more likely. If you want to be safe, order a taxi from a recommended cab firm, any restaurant or cafe you go to should be able to recommend a reputable company.
London can be an exciting city, but it also has many road traffic accidents. However, if an accident does happen which wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline are here to help and advise you on whether you could make a claim. So, if you have been involved in an accident whether it is a car crash, slip, trip or fall, or something else, take the 30-second compensation calculator test to see how much you could claim. Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.