When working as a London cabbie, or indeed a taxi driver in any other area of the UK, you will inevitably be spending a lot of time on the roads. Consequently, this leads to an increased risk of you experiencing a road traffic accident.
No matter how experienced you are in your area, how carefully you drive, or how aware you are of road risks, road traffic accidents do still occur, be it due to third party drivers or road maintenance.
Worries for London cabbies
As well as the typical taxi driver dangers, such as customer violence and slips, trips and falls at work, London cabbies face an extreme amount of pressure within their roles.
Cabbies are expected to know every edge of the city, the back streets and the sneaky side roads. Passengers are in a hurry to get from A to B, traffic volume is hectic and consistently built up, roads operate mind-boggling systems, and the London cabbie faces it all, every day.
With so much mayhem on the roads, it is no wonder that there are a higher number of road traffic accidents in London. Potential road accident claims for a cabbie include:
- Road traffic accidents
- Slips, trips and falls
- Vehicle damage
- Work-related injury – for example, RSI (back, shoulders, neck, wrists)
Who is to blame for your road traffic accident?
When working as a taxi driver, many people are responsible for your safety while at work. The taxi company itself has a legal obligation to ensure you receive adequate training and are in receipt of a vehicle that is in good condition, fit for the road.
It is also the council’s responsibility to maintain roads so that they are fit for use, for example gritting surfaces and keeping potholes to a minimum. Maintaining traffic lights so that they function effectively is also key.
Depending on the details of your road traffic accident, a number of people or organisations may be responsible for your injury. The best way to determine if your claim is eligible for compensation is to seek advice from a law firm.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in helping victims of road traffic accidents receive the personal injury compensation they are entitled to.
Available 24 hours, seven days a week, Accident Advice Helpline’s freephone service is a great way to start the legal process. Call today on 0800 689 0500 for case-specific advice.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice