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Car accidents » Taxi accidents

Thousands of people in the UK use taxis every day and although most taxi drivers are very experienced, taxi accidents do happen regularly.Often when there is a road traffic accident involving a taxi, there are one or more passengers in the taxi who may have sustained injuries.

At the scene of a taxi accident

If you are involved as a passenger in a taxi accident, if you are able at the scene you should:

  • Take the name and address of the taxi driver, the name and phone number of the taxi company and the registration number of the taxi
  • Take the name and address of any other drivers involved, as well as the registration number of their vehicles
  • Take the names and addresses of any witnesses
  • Take photos of the scene or sketch it as soon after the road accident as possible

Taking these steps will make claiming compensation more straightforward as tracking down witnesses after the event can sometimes be difficult.The exact details of where the cars were positioned and what happened in the accident are easily misremembered and sometimes disputed by the other driver, so it is important to either have photographs or a written account on paper to support your claim.

Entitlement to compensation

As a passenger in any vehicle involved in an accident, unless you contributed towards the accident in some way, in the eyes of the law you will be viewed as an innocent party and will be able to make a claim for compensation.

As an innocent party who was injured, you are 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, it may be his insurance or the insurance of the company for which he works that would handle your claim on his behalf.

The amount of compensation to which you are entitled can be reduced if you were not wearing a seatbelt, as the law states you must wear a seatbelt when travelling in a taxi. Even if you were not wearing a seatbelt, it is worth making a claim as you will still be eligible for the majority of your compensation.

Have you been injured in a taxi accident?

If you have been hurt as a passenger in a taxi accident, we can help you get the compensation for which you are eligible. We have helped thousands of people across the UK make successful personal injury claims following accidents as passengers, and we can help you too.

For free legal advice and information on making a claim following a taxi accident, call 01582 437070 and we will be happy to assist you with your claim.