If a taxi injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a taxi accident, we can help. If your injuries were caused by another driver, cyclist, pedestrian or any other road user, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
You can make a road injury compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.
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You are not alone
In 2022, there were 788 car occupant fatalities and 74,379 casualties (gov.uk).
In 2021, 119,850 people were injured in road traffic accidents, a significant proportion of which involved taxis and mini-cabs.
Although the majority of taxi and mini-cab drivers are very safe and experienced drivers, these vehicles tend to be constantly in use, driven at all hours, in all weather conditions.
According to Transport for London data published in 2019, taxi drivers were twice as likely to be involved in an accident that other car users (9 incidents per 1,000 drivers, compared to 4.5 per 1,000 for other drivers).
If you decide to make a taxi accident claim, your road accident solicitor will take you through every step of the claims process. Your solicitor will be with you until you win your claim and get the compensation you deserve.
Do I have a taxi injury claim?
If you've been injured in an accident that was caused another person or organisation in the last 3 years, you will be entitled to make a claim for financial compensation.
Find out online if you can claim with our injury claim calculator. Alternatively, you can speak to a claims advisor on 0800 376 1001 and find out if you have a claim in minutes.
Claiming when you're partially at fault
Personal injury claims often involve circumstances where there is some degree of blame on each side.
We found that, in our 2023 Road Injury Claimant Survey, 5.24% of injured road users were unsure as to which party was legally liable for their injuries.
Even if your actions or negligence played a role in the accident, you could still be eligible for compensation. Cases with shared fault (contributory negligence) frequently settle through a split liability agreement.
How long after a taxi accident do I have to start a claim?
In most cases, you have 3 years from the date of your accident or injury.
If you were injured when you were under 18, a parent, guardian or adult 'litigation friend' can make a claim on your behalf. Once you turn 18, you have until your 21st birthday to start an injury claim.What if the driver was uninsured or untraceable?
If the driver responsible for the injury is either uninsured or untraceable, a claim can be pursued through the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB).
The MIB is an independent that pays road accident compensation to the victims of uninsured or untraced (unidentified) drivers.
How much compensation can I claim for a taxi accident injury?
The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:
- the seriousness of your injury, and
- any financial losses or costs you have incurred.
At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.
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General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).
Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.
Special damages is compensation awarded to cover any financial losses and expenses you incur as a result of your road injury or negligent medical treatment. These damages aim to put you back in the financial position you would have been in, had your injury not occurred.
Special damages will also cover your medical treatment expenses, that might include pain medication and psychological support.
The psychological impact of a road accident
Road accidents can be shocking, traumatic events, often leaving a psychological impact alongside physical injuries.
Our 2023 Road Injury Claimant Survey highlights how common psychiatric injuries are, with 32.47% of road accident claims involving psychological harm. 78.53% of these were also associated with a physical injury.
Being injured in a taxi can lead to amaxophobia (fear of driving), a distrust of others' driving, or PTSD.
You can claim compensation for recognised psychological harm that arises from a road accident, including PTSD. Your solicitor will help ensure you can access help and mental health support that may not be available on the NHS in your area.
Our compensation calculator can estimate your compensation for psychological injuries. Or you can call us on 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor.
Collisions with another vehicle
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 starting a 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.
How did your injury happen?
Making a successful taxi accident compensation claim begins with understanding where and how your injury happened, and whether the driver, taxi operator or another party is ultimately liable. Please select from the following icons for more information:
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About the author
With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.