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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Who’s liable if you seriously injure yourself in a taxi accident?


    As with any other road traffic accident, the answer to the question who is liable for driver or passenger injuries sustained in a taxi accident ultimately depends on who was responsible for causing the traffic accident in the first place.

    Possible taxi accident causes

    Vehicle accidents involving taxis can, like other motoring accidents, be the result of a variety of different causes. Such causes could, for example, include:

    • Driver being distracted by passengers
    • Driver being distracted by communications with/from the taxi operator
    • Driver being distracted in some other fashion
    • Poor road conditions (potholes, debris, etc)
    • Poor driving or decision making by the taxi driver or other road users

    Poor driving or decision making could consist of:

    • Driving at excessive speeds
    • Ignoring warning signs or signals
    • Not looking out for other road users
    • Getting into required lanes at the last minute

    Not driving in a manner suitable for prevailing weather or road conditions could also be described as poor driving.

    The question of taxi accident liability

    Should a taxi accident be the result of the driver being distracted by his passengers, the passengers responsible for the distraction could be held liable for their own injuries and those of other passengers and/or drivers.

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    In cases where a taxi accident was caused by the taxi’s driver being distracted by anything other than the passengers or by poor driving, erroneous or dangerous decisions, liability for injuries sustained by passengers and other vehicles’ occupants lies with the taxi firm.

    If a motoring accident involving a taxi was caused by another road user, the road user responsible can be held liable. Should potholes or other poor road conditions cause an accident on the road, the local authority responsible for maintaining roads may be held liable.

    Following an accident in a taxi

    If you had the misfortune to sustain an injury in a taxi involved in a car crash, the party responsible for the accident could be liable to pay you passenger injury compensation. Specialised and highly experienced in passenger and driver injury claims, Accident Advice Helpline’s solicitors can assist you in determining liability, gathering necessary evidence to support you travel accident claim and every other aspect of the claim process.

    Enlisting expert help

    You can learn more about claiming for compensation and request the assistance of one of our no win no fee* lawyers by calling 0333 500 0993 from your mobile or 0800 689 0500 from your landline and having a confidential, no-obligation chat with our friendly advisors now.

    Date Published: December 9, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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