A guide to making a No Win No Fee taxi accident claim
In 2014 there were 35 million vehicles registered in England and Wales of which an estimated 78,000 were mini cabs, black cabs or hackney carriages,.
Over 185,000 people a year sustain injuries in road traffic accidents, a significant proportion of which involve taxis and mini-cabs. It must be considered however, that taxis tend to be constantly in use compared with the majority of other vehicles.
Can I make a taxi accident claim?
If you suffered an accident in the last 3 years and somebody else was to blame, you may be able to make a claim.
Quittance's panel of no win no fee injury solicitors have assisted with various taxi accident claims including:
Collisions with another vehicle - where other vehicle driver is liable
Where the accident was the fault of the other vehicle driver, the taxi driver and passengers could make a claim against the liable driver's insurer.
For the taxi driver, it may be possible to make a claim for the injuries sustained, any financial losses and vehicle damage and any loss of income.
A solicitor may need access to review evidence of earnings if the driver is self employed. It may also be possible to claim for the cost of renting another taxi, to enable the driver to continue learning until the damaged vehicle is repaired or replaced.
Collision with another vehicle - where the taxi driver is liable
If the accident was caused by the taxi driver, passengers in the taxi could claim compensation from the driver's insurance company. The other vehicle's driver and passengers can also claim from the taxi driver's insurer.
The driver who caused the accident would not be able to claim for their own injuries. However they may have separate insurance that would cover the repair or replacement of the vehicle.
Passenger injury - impact of not wearing a seat belt
Compensation may be affected if an injured passenger was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. This may be viewed as contributory negligence and, in the case of not wearing a seatbelt, the Court can deduct up to a maximum of 25% of the total compensation amount.
Passenger injury due to the vehicle skidding on road
Passengers injured when which skids due to ice or sudden braking, may be able to make a taxi accident claim against the taxi driver.
Pedestrian hit by taxi
A pedestrian who has been injured in a collision with a taxi can make a claim against the taxi driver's insurer.
Hit and run accident
Both the driver and passengers can make a personal injury claim from the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) if a vehicle collides with the taxi and drives off untraced. A claim would also be made of the MIB if the driver is uninsured.
Do I need to know who is liable before I start my claim?
You do not need to know who the liable party is before starting a claim. Your personal injury solicitor will work with you to establish who the liable party is in your case. The solicitor will also assist in gathering the necessary evidence to support your claim.
Starting a no win - no fee taxi accident compensation claim
Typically a no win no fee agreement (technically known as a CFA or Conditional Fee Agreement) is entered into between the claimant and solicitor.
A no win no fee agreement is essentially the terms under which the solicitor works for their client.
It sets out what the solicitors will do and how he will be remunerated if the compensation claim is successful.
If you instruct a Quittance Personal Injury solicitor for your taxi accident claim there will be no additional fees , no up-front fees and the comfort that you will not be financially out of pocket.
How to proceed
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Ready to make your claim?
If you have chosen to proceed, you can begin your injury claim by phoning 0800 612 7456 (0333 344 6575 from mobiles) or through Quittance's online contact form here.
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