What Are My Rights If I'm Hit by a Cab Driver? | El Paso Injury Lawyers
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Even the safest drivers get into accidents. Taxi drivers are no exception. Taxi accidents can be caused by aggressive driving, poor weather conditions, or even overworked and exhausted cab drivers.
Dealing with any car accident can be confusing and draining, but a taxi accident can be even more stressful, as you have to deal with both the taxi company and its insurance adjuster. If you have been in an accident involving a taxi, it’s important you know your rights.
Our team of experienced lawyers has received many fair settlements in automobile accidents, and we’re ready to help you. If you or a loved one has been in an accident involving a taxi, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with our El Paso taxi accident attorneys.
What to Know About Taxi Accident Claims
A taxi cab accident proceeds the same way as any other type of car accident claim. You must prove two things in order to win your case: liability (who was at fault in the accident) and damages (how badly you were hurt). You can sue either the taxi cab company or the driver.
There are two tricky aspects to taxi accident claims. First, in an accident involving two cars, the insurance companies will most likely dispute the extent of each driver’s liability.
In Texas, if you are 51% or more at fault for an accident, you are barred from recovering damages. When both drivers are partially at fault, insurance companies often play hardball and hope you will accept a less than favorable car accident settlement.
Second, in situations where multiple passengers are injured, the numerous claims can eat up the available insurance coverage. If the taxi driver has passengers at the time of the accident, and they are also injured, it’s going to be more difficult for everyone to receive a fair payout. The total value of all injury claims may even exceed the available car insurance coverage, so each injured person will have to settle for less than what he or she deserves.
The good news is that Texas law requires taxis to carry more insurance than standard automobile drivers. While car drivers are required to have a liability insurance policy with limits of $30,000 for each injured person and $25,000 for property damage, taxis must be insured for $300,000 in medical coverage and $100,000 in accidental death coverage. This increases the chances that you will be able to receive a fair settlement.
What to Do After a Cab Accident
Before you leave the accident scene, you should gather as much information as you can. Collect the names and contact information of all people involved and of any witnesses. You should also take pictures of the cars, the accident scene, debris, and anything else relevant. Additionally, you should call the police so the details of the accident will be preserved in a police report.
You can file a claim with the taxi’s insurer. However, if you are seriously injured, you may benefit from speaking with an attorney and proceeding with a personal injury lawsuit.
Get Help from Our El Paso Taxi Accident Lawyers
At Zinda Law Group, our auto accident attorneys have helped thousands of victims seek justice and receive the compensation they deserve. We understand how life altering a car accident can be, and we want to get you back on track.
We are ready to help you navigate the insurance claims process, build the strongest case possible, and put this accident behind you.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a crash, contact us at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with our cab accident lawyers in El Paso, Texas.
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