Phoenix Taxi Accident Attorneys
Legal Representation After a Collision with a Taxi
Involved in a taxi accident? Contact our office today at (602) 267-1280 for a free case consultation and more information on our track record and services. Our Phoenix taxi accident lawyers are happy to provide you with the answers you need to make the best decision for you.
Causes of Taxi Accidents
Taxi drivers are known for driving aggressively on Phoenix’s roads. They want to get where they’re going quickly so they can turn over more fares and make more profits. Taxi drivers can also be overconfident. They drive every day for a living, so they believe they can react to any situation safely. This isn’t always the case.
Others causes of taxi crashes include:
- Failing to yield
- Running stop signs
- Talking on cell phones or to dispatch
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Liability in Taxi Accidents
People expect a professional service when they enter a cab, whether it is their preferred method of transportation on a daily basis, or they’ve just had a few too many cocktails one evening. Unfortunately, taxis do get into accidents. When they do, passengers will be relieved to know they are unlikely to be found at fault for the accident. They are not in control of the vehicle and have no control over the driver of the taxi or other drivers. To be found liable in a personal injury claim, one first has to be found negligent. Even the loudest and most boisterous passengers are unlikely to be found negligent. If they’re making it difficult for a driver to focus on the road, the driver retains the right to pull over and ask them to get out of the cab.
Instead, liability will fall either on the taxi driver or another driver. In the event of a collision, either of these drivers’ insurance companies would be responsible for providing accident benefits to anyone injured during the crash. In Arizona, all taxis are required to carry insurance policies of at least $300,000. This must include personal liability, property damage, and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
Therefore, seeking accident benefits as a taxi passenger is similar to seeking benefits from an at-fault driver’s insurance in a car-on-car wreck. Even if a third-party driver didn’t have insurance, injured passengers should still be able to go through the insurance of the taxi company.
But dealing with insurance companies, even when you’re clearly not at fault for your injuries, is not easy. You should speak to a car accident lawyer in Phoenix who can represent you and help you get the benefits you need.
What Types of Compensation Am I Entitled To in Phoenix?
Most taxi drivers are experienced and protect their charges. However, some do not take the safety of their passengers seriously and put their lives in danger with reckless driving, bad decision-making, or other mistakes. Negligence (failure to exercise reasonable care) can often be proven in car accidents that cause actual injury to the passengers. The law allows passengers who were injured to sue the taxi driver and - in many cases - the taxi company for their injuries, collecting monetary compensation for the costs associated with treating the injury, pain, anxiety, loss of enjoyment of life, lost wages, and other costs such as lost earning capacity or the need for future medical care.
If possible, collect as much information at the scene of the accident as you can. Witness names, license plate numbers and names of associated drivers, and applicable photos can be great evidence if you take the taxi driver or company to court for your injuries.
If you are involved in a taxi accident, the best person to help protect your rights is not your insurance agent or a person associated with the taxi company - it's a Phoenix car crash attorney you retain in order to represent your legal rights and help collect the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Phoenix Taxi Accident Lawyer at the Husband and Wife Law Team
It can be tempting to let it go or "go it alone" after you're involved in a taxi accident. However, when you consider the true costs of such a collision - the lost peace of mind, wages, physical comfort, and financial security - a taxi accident lawsuit often makes more sense. At Breyer Law Office, P.C., our Phoenix injury lawyers understand the stress and anger taxi accidents can bring. We also understand your rights under the law - and we're willing to defend them on your behalf.