Taxis are used each day by thousands of people across Britain. Although the vast majority of taxi drivers are experienced motorists, the nature of their jobs puts them at greater risk of fatigue, which can easily result in an accident.
Taxi drivers are also more likely to be involved in a road accident than other motorists as they spend more time on the road than the average driver, particularly in busy urban areas.
Travelling by Taxi
If you are involved in an accident whilst you are travelling by taxi, unless you were causing a distraction or contributed to the accident in some way, you will always be viewed by the law as an innocent party and will be entitled to claim compensation from the party at fault.
This may either be the taxi driver or the other driver involved in the crash.
If the Taxi Driver is at fault
If the taxi driver is at fault, then your claim will be handled by his insurance or the insurance of the company for which he works for.
It is important to remember that the amount of compensation you are entitled to can be reduced if you were not wearing a seatbelt when travelling in the taxi, as required by law.
If you are involved as a passenger in a taxi accident, it is essential that you take down the following details of the accident to help support your claim:
- the name and address of the taxi driver and any other drivers involved
- the name and phone number of the taxi company
- the registration of the taxi and any other vehicles involved
- the names and addresses of any witnesses
- photos of the scene or a detailed description and sketch of the accident as soon as possible
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