Anything can happen in a split second. One minute you hopped into the taxi cab like any normal day. The next minute, you’re involved in an accident. Getting into a car accident is one scary experience. When you’re injured in an accident, it takes a huge toll on you. Now you’re out of work and your medical bills are going to pile up. You have the right to sue for damages. You may not know exactly how the law works in the case of a taxi cab accident. Do you sue the taxi cab driver? Do you sue the taxi cab company? It’s also essential to know what issues may arise when filing a claim for a taxi cab accident.
Filing an Injury Claim
When you get into a taxi cab accident, generally the same rule applies as a regular car accident. You can file a third party insurance claim with the taxi cab insurer or you can bring on a personal injury lawsuit. It’s essential to know that Florida is a no-fault insurance state. This means that you are able to receive losses from your own insurance company no matter who is at fault for the accident. Essentially, you could file a no-fault claim for your lost earnings and medical expenses due to the accident under your insurance or the taxicab company’s insurance.
Issues that can arise
Taxicab accidents typically can have multiple personal injury claims because of more people involved in them. Because of this, you may have to settle for less in your personal injury suit. The value of all the personal injury claims may exceed the insurance coverage of the at-fault driver or their company. Another problem that may arise is if its determined that both drivers are at fault. In this case, someone typically will get the shorter end of the stick and receive less settlement. Liability is thoroughly determined and has an impact on the settlement when both drivers are at fault. If you’re injured in the accident, you may not get the fair compensation. For example, the total for the claim may be $200,000. If both drivers were being equally at fault, meaning 50% liability for each, then each would pay $100,000 in the settlement. In the same scenario, if one driver is found to be 40% at fault, the settlement may only be $80,000. The other insurance would not be paying the latter, $120,000 so the case can’t get settled unless the injured person accepts less than what the case is worth. This leaves the injured person at the will of the insurers disputes.
When you get involved in an accident it can be very tragic. You may have even suffered injuries. It’s completely unfair being in a taxi cab accident. You did not even have control of the vehicle. You have to deal with the consequences even if it wasn’t your fault. You want someone who is an expert taxi cab accident law and can help your case no matter how complex. A taxi cab accident attorney in Cooper City want to fight for you. Bradley S. Hartman and his staff know exactly how to protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today using this contact form or call them at 954-438-1000.