If you are a passenger in a taxi that is involved in an accident and the accident results in an injury such as whip lash or a hyperextension of your neck then you may be entitled to claim for damages from the driver, or the person at fault.
If you are a taxi driver and you have an accident that is not your fault, it is likely that you will suffer loss of earnings both as a result of any injuries you sustain, and because your car is off the road because of any damage to it.
Whatever the cause of your taxi related accident you should talk to Edwards Hoyle to find out whether you should claim damages against the party at fault. At Edwards Hoyle we have a team of Road Traffic Accident specialists who will help you claim the appropriate damages quickly and effectively.
Does it matter if I was wearing a seat belt?
The law requires all passengers to wear a seat belt when one is fitted - anyone over the age of 14 is responsible for their own seat belt - whereas children under 14 are the driver's responsibility.
As a passenger who sustains an injury in a vehicle involved in an accident, your claim may be reduced by as much as 25%, if you are not wearing your seat belt. This is known as contributory negligence.
In an unusual quirk of British Law taxi drivers do not have to wear seat belts.
Does it matter what kind of taxi I was riding in?
There are certain taxis called Hackney Carriages that you can hail from the street or hire from a taxi rank. Other taxis, generally referred to as mini-cabs, must be pre-booked by calling the operator. If you ride in a mini-cab that wasn't pre-booked it will not be insured.
How do I claim for damages related to a road traffic accident involving a taxi?
Whether you were the driver of a taxi involved in an accident that wasn't your fault, or the passenger in a taxi involved in an accident, you should make an appointment to discuss the accident with one of our specialists at Edwards Hoyle. We will assess your situation and accept your case to make a claim, provided we believe you have a strong basis for doing so.
We will work with you on a no win no fee basis meaning that you will not be left out of pocket no matter what happens in the case. If we are successful you will receive 100% of any damages awarded as we will claim our costs from the party at fault.
If you are the taxi driver we will arrange a replacement hire plated taxi for you to carry on with your work as soon as you are able to do so.
Contact the experts at Edwards Hoyle and we'll give you a free of charge consultation to help you understand whether you should pursue a claim for the damages you have suffered.