Taxi Cab Car Accident
Taxicab car accidents are still, unfortunately, very common in Seattle and Kirkland. Taxicab accidents can often be very severe since the driver is in the backseat and many car accidents are the result of rear-end crashes. If this is the case, the injury may be very serious and the victim will certainly need medical care.
After the taxi cab accident, it is important the victim gets the medical attention needed. From there, it becomes a question of whether there is insurance and how much insurance there is available to compensate you for your injuries. This is an information-gathering process that can take some time. Once insurance has been confirmed, then it is necessary to send all records and medical billings, along with proof of lost wages from work, assuming there are any, to the cab’s insurance company so they can process this. If a settlement cannot be reached, then a lawsuit may need to be filed against the cab company.Washington State Taxi Cab Laws
Washington State has many particular laws that apply to taxi cabs meant to keep people safe, including cab drivers. There are two different scenarios for taxi cab car accidents. The first is when someone is injured by a cab driver. If this occurs, the injured party has the right to make a claim against the cab company and the driver for negligence. In most cases, the cab company will have enough insurance to cover your injuries. The cab company is responsible for the actions of its employee driver because of a legal concept called “vicarious liability.” So long as the driver was acting within the scope of his employment at the time of the accident then the company is responsible for paying your damages.
The second circumstance occurs when a cab driver is injured in a car accident that is not their fault. For example, if a cab driver is driving while on the clock and another driver runs a red light and hits the cab driver, the cab driver has two legal options to recover his damages. The first option is to make a claim with Labor and Industries (L&I), who will pay for the driver’s medical bills and time off from work up to a certain percentage. The second option is to sue the driver and pursue the other driver’s insurance company so they can pay for your damages as well.
In order for a taxi cab to be on the road in Washington State, legally the car has to have:
- Its business license posted and it must be active.
- Minimum insurance coverage of $325,00
- Show the year, make, and complete VIN number of each car, which must match the vehicle registration certificate.
In every taxi cab car accident case, if you are the one bringing the claim, the burden of proof is on you to prove that you are correct. In every negligence case, you have to prove that the driver who hit you had a duty, that duty was breached, and your injuries resulted from the breach of the other driver’s duty. This may or may not be easy to prove. In some cases, the insurance company will allege that you are either responsible or partly responsible for your own injuries by causing the accident. The Jackman Law Firm can help you help prove your case if that is the situation facing you.
Some of the more common reasons people are accidents with taxi cabs include:
- The cab driver was tired
- The taxi cab car was not properly maintained
- The taxi cab car’s tires were bald
- The taxi cab car driver was distracted
Interestingly, studies have found that yellow taxi cab cars have far fewer accidents than blue or different color taxi cab cars. The reason is that yellow cab cars are much more noticeable than other color taxi cabs. This is something to think about when selecting a cab to ride in.Common Taxi Cab Car Accident Injuries
If you have been injured in a taxi cab accident, you may have suffered serious personal injuries. The most common forms of taxi cab injuries are:
- Broken bones
- Neck and back injuries
If you have been injured in a taxi cab accident, you need to seek immediate medical care. The medical care may include chiropractic, physical therapy, or massage therapy care. It is highly recommended to seek care from a medical doctor if you can.How The Jackman Law Firm can Help
If you have been injured in a taxi cab accident, you are likely inundated with phone calls from insurance companies and you are facing mounting doctors’ bills, along with a lot of pain and suffering. If you have been injured in a taxi cab accident, you are allowed to recover the following:
- Money for medical bills related to your car accident
- Money for pain and suffering
- Money for lost wages and loss of future wages
- Money for out of pocket expenses
If your spouse or partner suffered financial losses because of your taxi cab accident, your spouse or partner can also make a claim to recover money for a loss of consortium. The Jackman Law Firm can also help you deal with the insurance companies who may be pressuring you to settle your claim. If you have been hit by a cab, and if the company attempts to argue that you are responsible for the accident, then the Jackman Law Firm can help you prove your case. We can do this by working with the insurance company, ordering a police report, interviewing witnesses, and sending subpoenas to obtain surveillance footage of nearby businesses or city cameras that might have captured the accident. Feel free to call for a free consultation.