If you have been injured whilst travelling in a taxi, then you may be eligible for financial compensation.
To be eligible for compensation, the accident in which you sustained your injuries must have happened within the last three years. This is known as your Date of Limitation, or your Date of Knowledge. After three years, most personal injury claims become time-barred or statute barred under UK law, preventing you or a lawyer from bringing them forward.
In addition to this, you must have a level of diminished liability to have a claim. What we mean by this is that you cannot be 100 per cent responsible for the accident. For instance, if you grabbed a taxi drivers steering wheel and caused a crash, you would in all likelihood be 100 per cent responsible for the accident. If you do not have diminished liability, the fact is the other side will be under no obligation whatsoever to pay you financial compensation.
How to make a claim
If you were injured whilst travelling in a taxi because of a road traffic accident, then your claim will most likely be with the taxi driver’s motor insurance company, or their liability insurance provider, or the taxi firm’s liability insurance provider. Sometimes, your claim may also be with the other motorist’s insurer, if the taxi driver was in no way at fault.
Because there are so many parties who could be responsible for processing your claim, it is recommended that you seek advice from expert solicitors in claims. An expert solicitor will be able to ascertain who is liable for your accident, and they will also provide you with legal advice based on your individual circumstances, to help you become better informed.
Where do I stand legally?
If you have been injured in a taxi and the accident in which you were injured was not your fault, then the law is on your side. The law makes it very clear that you have the legal right to compensation if you have been injured by somebody else through no fault of your own; however as previously discussed, your accident must have happened within the last three years, or else your claim will be time-barred, preventing you from bringing it forward.
It is absolutely essential if you have been injured in a taxi that you seek out sound legal advice so that you can become better informed about your rights. The internet has plenty of valuable information however the best advice is always that which comes directly from a solicitor who has taken the time to understand your case. So, set up an appointment with a reputable lawyer to get the best advice following an accident in a taxi.