Taxi Accident Injuries
Southern California taxi accidents, like many motor vehicle accidents, are often caused by negligent, careless, or reckless behavior, in many cases on the part of the taxi driver or the company that owns the cab. A taxi charging fares is a common carrier and therefore held to a high standard of care and diligence when transporting passengers. Common carriers are required to maintain vehicles in a safe condition with regular inspection and maintenance.
Taxi drivers make their money by transporting as many passengers as possible during a shift, which typically means driving as quickly as possible to get one passenger to a destination and immediately pick up another. This can encourage a driver to speed, weave in and out of traffic, violate another car’s right-of-way, or ignore traffic signals.
In their haste to accumulate as many fares as possible, taxi drivers and cab companies sometimes fail in their duty of care to their passengers. Because hours on the road equal money in the pocket, they may skip scheduled maintenance needed to ensure the safety of their passengers. A taxi driver or cab company that fails to exercise the care and diligence required by law can be found liable for a passenger’s injuries and financial damages if an accident occurs.
The Taxi Company’s Insurance Carrier: The Adjuster’s Job is Not to Help You
The insurance adjuster is not there to help you get a fair recovery. On the contrary, the adjuster is paid by the insurance company to pay an accident victim the least amount of compensation. The adjuster’s rate of pay and future with the insurance company depend on it.
When you have been in a taxi accident, it is important to consult with an attorney to learn about your legal rights and options for pursuing compensation before saying anything about the accident to an insurance adjuster. It is nearly always in your best interest not to speak to an insurance company representative until you have consulted an attorney. Never allow the adjuster to record your statement and don’t sign any medical authorizations or releases without approval from your attorney; doing so could damage your case in ways you would never imagine.
The insurance adjuster may be very personable, but remember that the adjuster works for the insurance company not for you. Don’t accept a quick settlement that is too low. The Singleton Law Firm is well equipped to can get you an appropriate amount of compensation for all of your damages, both the economic and non-economic ones.
The attorneys at the Singleton Law Firm are passionate in our commitment to justice for the injured and will work tirelessly to achieve a settlement or verdict that will be enough to cover all of your damages: physical, psychological, and financial.
At the Singleton Law Firm, our experienced and skilled attorneys will provide you with personalized representation directed at achieving an outcome that meets your needs. We will do a thorough investigation, employing experts when necessary, and will aim for a figure that is in keeping with the severity of your losses.
For taxi involved accidents in and around San Diego, call the area’s premier client-centered personal injury law firm for the best legal representation the Southern California area has to offer. We offer a free evaluation of your injury or wrongful death case and will answer all your questions and address any concerns you may have, without obligation of any kind. We accept valid taxi accident and other serious injury cases on a contingency basis, so we front all the expenses of investigating and developing your case. You never pay any expenses or legal fees unless we win money for you.