We are often asked this question: “Can I claim for being in a taxi accident?” Taxis are widely used all around the world and are a convenient mode of transport. While the majority are driven carefully, road traffic accidents still happen.
If you incur injuries in an accident involving the taxi in which you are travelling, you can file a claim for personal injury compensation. Injuries sustained in road traffic accidents can range from whiplash to complex fractures and even brain damage.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we feel that compensation helps to bring a sense of justice to the whole incident. The amount you receive is intended to cover the cost of treatment and recoup any expenses you incur as a result of the accident.
Can I still make a claim if I was a taxi passenger?
Passengers involved in road traffic accidents are considered innocent victims. Your claim will be eligible as long as you can prove that the accident occurred through no fault of your own. Additionally, it should have happened within the last three years. However, you cannot claim compensation if you contributed to the incident in some way, for example if you distracted the driver by arguing with them while the vehicle was in motion.
Who do I claim compensation from?
This varies from case to case. However, in general you claim compensation from the person held responsible. This might be the taxi driver or that of the third party vehicle that caused the accident. Since all drivers are required by law to have valid vehicle insurance policies, the compensation claim will be made against the taxi driver’s insurance provider.
On the other hand, if the accident was caused by a dangerous or poorly maintained road, you may be able to claim compensation from the relevant local authority or council.
Can I claim for being in a taxi accident if I was not wearing a seatbelt?
The law in the UK requires passengers to wear seatbelts. Nevertheless, you can still claim compensation for being in a taxi accident if you were not wearing one at the time of the incident. However, the payout you receive may be reduced. This is because the injuries you sustained may have been less severe or avoided entirely had you been wearing a seatbelt. Your own negligence is seen to have partly contributed to your injuries. This is known as contributory negligence.
We can help you
A successful personal injury compensation claim needs to be handled by a professional solicitor. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we can help you to contact a lawyer who has experience dealing with taxi passenger accident claims.
If you wish to learn more about the validity and eligibility of your compensation claim, contact us on 0800 689 0500 or fill in the claim form on our website. Our professional advisors will be glad to go through the details of your case and will put you in touch with an expert personal injury solicitor.
Date Published: October 8, 2013
Author: David Brown