When taxicab accidents happen on busy Los Angeles streets, they can leave the victims feeling burdened by medical bills and other costs related to the accident. But they shouldn’t have to. If you were injured in a taxicab accident that wasn’t your fault, you’re entitled to financial recovery for what you’ve suffered. It’s time to speak with a Los Angeles taxicab accident lawyer who can help.
At Simmrin Law Group, we’ve built our respected firm around the top personal injury lawyers in the city. We’re proud to provide top-notch legal assistance at NO risk to you—we don’t charge you a thing unless we win you money. Let us help you get what you need to pay your expenses and move on from a painful experience that wasn’t your fault. Call us today for a FREE consultation at 310-997-4688 or by filling out the form to the right.
Who is responsible for paying for my injuries from a taxicab accident?
Liability from a taxicab accident, as with any car accident, falls on the party whose negligence (or carelessness) caused the crash. In many cases, this means the driver wasn’t driving as carefully as they should have been. Examples of negligence include:
- Driving carelessly out of road rage
- Not signaling or changing lanes too fast
- Distracted driving
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Tailgating, running a stop sign, speeding, or breaking other traffic laws
This type of negligence can result from a number of parties, depending on how the accident occurred, including:
The taxicab driver themselves
Cab drivers are known for being excessively aggressive on the road, especially in bustling cities like Los Angeles where traffic is so heavy. This aggression can easily lead to broken traffic laws and accidents.
Another driver involved in the accident
Someone else on the road could have been driving carelessly and caused the accident at no fault to the taxicab driver. If another driver was negligent, their insurance is responsible for covering damages.
The taxicab company
Even if the taxicab driver caused the accident, responsibility may also fall on the taxicab company. For example, they could have failed to provide proper training or supervision, or they could have hired a driver who wasn’t qualified to get behind the wheel. If they fail to exercise proper responsibility, the company can be held liable.
The City of Los Angeles
In some cases, the city of Los Angeles can bear responsibility if they aren’t properly regulating taxi industry operations or aren’t ensuring the roads are safe for them to drive on.
In either case, the negligent person is liable to pay for all expenses suffered by you as a victim of the accident. You are not at fault, and the guilty party should pay for what you’ve suffered. This is where having a taxicab accident lawyer on your side makes all the difference. They can help you with pursuing a claim for financial recovery against the appropriate party.
How much money can I recover from a Los Angeles taxicab accident?
The money you can recover depends on your damages from the accident. Your lawyer will examine several factors when determining these damages, including:
- Injuries from the accident
- Medical expenses to treat your injuries, including doctor bills, surgeries, physical therapy, emergency rooms visits, tests, and prescription medications
- Damages to your vehicle if you were another driver in the accident
- Time taken off work because of the accident
- Pain and suffering damages if the accident has affected you in painful and life-altering ways, such as permanent disabilities, chronic pain, or emotional damage resulting from the accident
The exact amount you can recover varies depending on the severity of your injuries, but it can be significant. You should be able to trust that taxicab drivers are upholding their duty to drive safely on the roads. If they failed to uphold that responsibility and you were injured as a result, they should pay—bottomline.
Be aware that the insurance company of the driver or taxicab company may try to settle the accident quickly by offering you lowball amount right away. Never take this first offer. It’s tempting to accept money upfront, especially if your costs from the accident are large, but you’re almost always entitled to more. Accepting that first amount will erase any chance of pursuing FULL financial recovery. Call a taxicab accident lawyer before taking any money.
What if the driver was drunk?
If the taxicab driver was at fault for the accident and was also driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the above still applies. But you may also be eligible for punitive damages, also known as “exemplary” damages in California. These are designed to actually punish the guilty party in cases of extreme recklessness or intentional harm. Driving while drunk often falls under this category, since it’s a serious crime that puts everyone else on the road in harm’s way. You may be able to pursue additional money through punitive damages against the driver.
Talk to a Simmrin Taxicab Accident Lawyer for Free
If you were injured in a taxicab accident, you might start to blame yourself—or the guilty parties might try to avoid blame. Don’t let this happen. You are entitled to compensation for what you’ve gone through; you shouldn’t have to suffer for someone else’s negligence on the road. That’s why our attorneys at Simmrin Law Group are dedicated to helping personal injury victims like you get the money they deserve recover and move on from their accident. And we promise to never charge you a thing unless we win you money—starting with a FREE consultation to talk about your case and how we can help. To get your FREE consultation, call us today at 310-997-4688 or fill out the simple form to the right.