There are many road traffic accidents every year that involve taxis. If you are injured in a road traffic accident whilst you were riding in a taxi you will want to ascertain who is to blame. The answer to his question will depend on the circumstances of the accident and there are various possibilities. In any case it’s essential you report any road traffic accident to the Police.
In this article, we explain the different causes of road traffic accidents involving a taxi, which may well give rise to a claim for compensation against the person or persons who were to blame.
- The taxi driver
Taxi drivers, as with all other motorists, are under a duty of care to other road users. They are also under a similar duty of care to their passengers. If you can show that the taxi driver is negligent and thereby breached that duty of care, it is the taxi driver who will be to blame for your injuries and who will be liable to pay you compensation for the injuries that you have sustained.
- Another driver
It may be the case that the taxi that you are riding in has a collision with another vehicle. If the collision was caused through the negligent driving of the other party, they will be held to be to blame for the accident and therefore responsible for the payment of any compensation that you are entitled to.
- Another road user
It may be the case that the negligence of another road user, such as a cyclist or a pedestrian, has caused the taxi driver to take action behind the wheel that results in your injuries. For instance, if a pedestrian negligently steps into the path of the taxi, causing the driver to brake heavily or swerve into a wall or another vehicle, it is likely that the pedestrian will be considered to be responsible for the injuries that you sustained.
- The local authority
If the accident was caused by the condition of the road, it may be that the blame will lie with the local authority that is responsible for maintaining the highway, if it can be show that it was aware of a defect in the road that caused the injuries or that it has no proper process of inspecting the road under its jurisdiction.
- Shared liability
In some cases, where it is impossible to prove that one party was solely to blame, the court may decide that responsibility should be apportioned between two or more of the parties involved.
Although, as the passenger in a vehicle that is involved in a road traffic collision, it may seem obvious that a third party is responsible for any injuries that you sustained, it may be the case that a court will hold you to be partly responsible. If you are travelling in a taxi and do not wear a seatbelt, which adds to the severity of your injuries, it is likely that the court will hold that your own negligence was a contributory factor and reduce your compensation by the percentage that it considers appropriate.
If you are involved in a road traffic accident and the driver is uninsured, you can contact the Motor Insurers Bureau for further information and to report the accident as this organisation deals with claims against uninsured drivers and they will assist and liaise with the Police.
If you suffer injures in a taxi accident, the issue of who is to blame is not always straightforward. Because of that, you should always take advice from a personal injury lawyer with experience in road traffic claims like the team at Accinet.