Taxi Accident Claims
If you have been involved in an accident whilst travelling as a passenger in a taxi then you may very well be entitled to compensation. If the accident occurred anywhere within the Manchester region then call us today and find out if you could make a no win no fee claim for taxi accident compensation.
Although taxi drivers are amongst the most experienced drivers on the road, they are not immune to being involved in accidents. Occasionally the accident may be the fault of the taxi driver themselves, or it may be that another driver was to blame. But as a passenger in a taxi you are still entitled to make a claim for compensation in either case.
One of the problems with travelling in a taxi is that you are often not paying a great deal of attention to the roads. You may be using your mobile phone, reading a paper or making some notes. This means that in the event of an accident such as a collision you don’t have the few seconds prior to the crash to brace yourself. As a driver you often have a brief moment in which to brace yourself for the collision, but as a passenger you are much more susceptible to being thrown about, which can easily result in whiplash.
It’s important to be aware of the fact that the symptoms of whiplash may not always be immediately apparent. In fact it is quite possible to get out of a taxi following an accident and feel shaken, but otherwise unharmed. However, you may well find that hours later, or even the following day, you begin to notice the signs of whiplash. These symptoms may include neck pain, stiffness of the neck, blurred vision, memory loss, confusion, nausea and anxiety. This is why it is always important to make a note of any details if possible following an accident, even if you were just a passenger. It’s also important to contact us as soon as possible so that we can obtain the appropriate evidence and records for your case.
Taxi Accident Compensation Claims
Sometimes injuries can be caused because of negligence on the part of the taxi driver. This can involve things such as sudden or excessive braking and accelerating, causing you to be thrown about, and there have been instances where a taxi driver began moving as a passenger was alighting from the car, causing them to fall. If you have been injured as a passenger in a taxi, regardless of the circumstances, give us a call and we will be able to help advise you as to whether you could make a taxi accident claim for compensation.
It’s important to be aware that there is a myth still going about that you do not have to wear a seatbelt in a taxi. In fact this is not true, and if you are over the age of 14 you have a legal obligation to wear a seatbelt in a taxi if one is fitted. It is now very unusual to find a taxi which does not have seatbelts fitted, as even older vehicles have now had them retro fitted.
Children under the age of 14 also need to wear a seatbelt, but the legal obligation to ensure that a child is wearing a seatbelt rests with the driver. If you have been injured whilst riding in a taxi and you were not wearing a seatbelt then you will be considered to be partly responsible for your injuries. However, it is still important to call us as you may still be able to make a claim. If you have any doubts or questions, call us today and let us put your mind at rest.