If you regularly have occasion to take minicabs, it will be likely that while making small-talk with your driver that the subject of how long he or she has been driving might arise. It will also be likely that you will have once or twice been told that your cabbie has put in a ridiculously long shift. It’s possible that you might have thought little of this if it has happened to you, but it’s a fact that driver fatigue can and does cause accidents; sometimes very serious ones in which innocent victims are injured.
Many taxi drivers like to think that they are better drivers than the majority of other people on the road by dint of the fact that they make their living behind the wheel. Couple this with the fact that many cab drivers have to put in the hours to make decent living, and you’re left with a scenario that could end in disaster.
If you ever suffer the misfortune of being injured in an accident that was not your fault while travelling in a hire car that came about as a result of your driver being fatigued, there will be a chance that you might well find yourself in a position where you may be able to 100% ‘no win, no fee*’ personal injury action with Accident Advice Helpline with the help of a top law firm in Elmbridge.
Fatigued cabbies and law firm in Elmbridge claims for compensation
Imagine that you’d just caught a late flight back from a European destination and are keen to get home as quickly as you can. You’d usually take a train after touching down and making your way through customs and baggage pick-up, but decide that what with the hour and all, it will be best to get a cab. You’re tired, and thoughts of being involved in an accident that was not your fault and having to take some form of action, does not even enter your mind.
You jump in a minicab, and get chatting to the driver. Turns out he’s been on the road for in excess of 12 hours and is about to knock off. His driving seems a little erratic, and just before you reach your property, he ploughs into the back of another vehicle at a set of traffic lights. You suffer a most unpleasant whiplash injury as a consequence.
Under these circumstances, as the driver would have had a responsibility to make sure he was in a fit state to drive, a law firm for Elmbridge such as Accident Advice Helpline might well be able to win you a personal injury compensation pay-out. Call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim for compensation.