Riding in a taxi can be a pleasurable experience unless you’re involved in an accident. Although many people rely on ride-sharing apps, there are still travelers that prefer to ride in a taxi. Whenever you’re riding in someone else’s vehicle, there is always some gray area if an accident occurs. Stevenson Klotz has experienced Pensacola FL Taxi accident lawyers that can help you through your situation. Most riders in taxis are visiting Florida and are unfamiliar with the area. It’s important that you hire an experienced attorney before you even leave the state. If you’ve been injured in a taxi accident you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. Contact us today so we can discuss your case.
You’ve been injured while you were riding in a taxi.
You’re riding in a taxi when there is a collision. After the initial shock, you realize that you have been injured. Just like an accident, the first thing you should do is call the police and emergency medical care. Make sure that you see the police officer before you leave the scene of the accident. It is important that you get a copy of the police report and that your name and injuries are mentioned as well. Next, you must go and get your injuries checked out. It’s important that you see a doctor right away. If you wait, it could look like your injuries weren’t serious.
We recommend that you contact an attorney immediately. The worst thing you could do is leave the state without hiring legal counsel. We understand that some people are only passing through Florida, which is why we encourage you to call our office as soon as you can. Even if you call us the moment you get home, we can begin to build your case and discuss your options. It’s important to have someone in Florida handling your case so that they can inform you about your next steps. In many instances, victims need to fly back for court dates. We can guide you through the entire process.
Who is liable for the accident?
You’re injured, and you have medical bills to pay. Who is responsible for your injuries and damages? In Florida, a taxicab doesn’t fit under no-fault insurance. So, the taxicab company must have taxi insurance. These cabs must carry liability coverage for up to 125,000 dollars per person of 250,000 dollars per occurrence. They also have a property damage limit of 50,000 dollars. If you have injuries as a result of your taxi accident you must look at the driver or company that owns the cab. The uninsured coverage of your own insurance might cover your injuries as well.
You need an experienced attorney to represent your best interests.
You could file a claim on your own, but there is a lot of red tape with taxicab claims. Even if you choose to only use your uninsured motorist coverage, your insurance company might not give you a proper settlement. Insurance companies are generally focused on numbers, and they are always going to try to settle for the lowest amount of money possible. We talk to insurance companies all the time, so we know how to handle them. We’ve seen so many cases where victims take less than they deserve because they go with an insurance company’s first offer. Make sure that you don’t talk to any insurance company or involved party without the presence of your injury lawyer.
What happens if another car caused the accident?
This is a totally different situation than if the taxicab driver was responsible. You must look to personal insurance protection (PIP) coverage to cover your injuries. This coverage will provide up to 10,000 dollars for serious injuries and up to 2,500 dollars for minor injuries. You must seek treatment within 14 days of your accident. These amounts generally won’t cover all of your injuries and damages, so you’ll have to file a claim with the driver’s insurance company. We will file the claim with their insurance company and get you a settlement to cover your losses. Finally, if you have any additional bills you may file a claim with your own insurance. This can be a confusing process, which is why you need an experienced attorney navigating you through the process.
My car was hit by a taxicab, now what?
You’re entitled to the compensation through the taxicab’s insurance coverage. However, if you were partially at fault you can only receive a percentage of your compensation. An experienced accident attorney can argue your side of the accident and will try to prove minimal negligence on your part.
Hire a professional to ensure fair compensation.
You could handle your case on your own, but you’re gambling with your settlement. With so many different avenues to go through, you need someone experienced in handling taxi accident cases. Thankfully, we’re here to help and want to get you a proper settlement. Contact us today to set up your appointment.