Taxi Passenger Injury Claims Explained
Our guide discusses taxi passenger injury claims and when you will be eligible to make one. We cover the criteria you must meet to claim and provide examples of circumstances in which accidents and injuries could occur.
Additionally, our guide looks into the evidence that will be useful in supporting your claim and how different kinds of damages can compensate you for your losses. We also outline compensation brackets guidelines and what resources may assist solicitors in valuing your injuries.
Our guide also explores the time limitations you should adhere to when making a road traffic accident claim. Moreover, we provide information about the benefits of No Win No Fee agreements and how they can be financially useful.
To learn more about taxi passenger injury claims, please continue reading our guide. If you have any questions about making a claim, please don’t hesitate to contact our advisors.
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The Road Traffic Act 1988 and The Highway Code provide rules and guidelines for operating the roads. All road users have a duty of care to navigate the roads to avoid harm to themselves and other road users.
To make a claim for a road traffic accident, you should be able to show that:
- The person owed you a duty of care
- They breached this duty
- This breach caused your injuries
Illustrating a breach of duty can help to show the road users liability for your injuries. If they are found to be liable, then this is negligence which you may claim for.
Alternatively, you may be able to make a claim through the Motors Insurers’ Bureau (MIB). However, this is only if the road user at fault in your accident is uninsured or untraceable.
Please contact us to know more about what to do if you’re injured in a car accident; we can organise a consultation and provide you with the information you require to make a claim.
Limitation Periods For Taxi Passenger Injury Claims
The Limitation Act 1980 outlines the time limits you should be aware of when making a claim as a passenger. Generally, you will have three years from your accident.
However, exceptions to this do exist:
- If a person was under eighteen at the time of the accident, they will have three years from their eighteenth birthday to claim.
- Lacking the mental capacity to claim at the time of the accident. If the person is to regain their mental capacity, they will have three years from the day of this event to start a claim.
These time-limit exceptions are applicable if a litigation friend has not already made a claim on the person’s behalf.
Taxi passenger injury claims can be made from numerous accidents. Examples of such include:
- A driver could be distracted on their phone, driving in a careless or dangerous manner, causing a collision with the taxi you are in. You may sustain a back injury, perhaps if it is a rear-end collision.
- If there is damage to the road, such as a pothole or if it is icy and has not been gritted, this could cause the taxi to skid and collide with another vehicle.
- The taxi driver pulls out of a junction without paying attention to other vehicles, causing an accident and potentially causing you to suffer a whiplash injury.
Claiming for whiplash injuries is now done using a different method. The Whiplash Reform Programme altered the handling of whiplash claims. The Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021 outline that if you are a driver or passenger over eighteen and suffer whiplash injuries valued at £5,000 or less, you must make a claim through the Official Online Injury Claim Portal.
If you suffer additional injuries to your whiplash injury and this increases the value to be above £5,000, you will not have to claim through the Official Online Injury Claim portal. The whiplash tariffs would still apply.
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Passengers are very rarely at fault for road traffic accidents, so proving liability is not a priority as that will be disputed between the drivers or other parties. Proving the harm you have suffered is key when making a personal injury claim.
Always seek medical attention after a road traffic accident, no matter how minor you think your injuries are. Something minor can mask an injury that is more serious than you initially thought. Getting medical treatment at the earliest possible time not only allows you to get any care you need but also is documented in your medical notes, which can be used as evidence.
Road accident solicitors can assist you in acquiring these pieces of evidence.
You could be entitled to compensation as a taxi passenger involved in an accident. General damages are one type. These tend to cover the pain and suffering you have experienced due to your injuries.
When valuing your injuries, legal professionals may consult the Judicial College Guidelines to help them. These provide compensation brackets for various injuries. However, these are not definite amounts, and the outcome of your settlement may vary.
They should be used only as a guide, similar to a compensation calculator. These can show you an estimate of the payout you may receive, though the amount is not a guarantee and may not include some factors that would otherwise be taken into consideration, such as a loss of earnings.
|Head||Moderately Severe (b)||There is substantial dependence on others and the disabilities are associated with a risk of future medical problems.||£219,070 to £282,010|
|Head||Less Severe (d)||There has been a good recovery and the person can return to work and partake in their social life.||£15,320 to £43,060|
|Neck||Severe (a) (i)||Despite wearing a collar for 24 hours a day over a number of years, there is still little if any movement in the neck.||In the region of £148,330|
|Neck||Severe (a) (iii)||Soft tissue injuries or fractures and dislocations leading to permanent chronic conditions;||£45,470 to £55,990|
|Back||Severe (a) (ii)||Nerve root damage has caused loss of sensation and impaired mobility.||£74,160 to 88,430|
|Back||Moderate (b) (ii)||Disturbed ligaments causing backache or soft tissue injuries accelerating a pre-existing back condition.||£12,510 to £27,760|
|Arm||Serious (b)||There are serious fractures causing permanent and substantial disablement.||£39,170 to £59,860|
|Leg||Moderate (b) (iv)||Complicated or multiple fractures or crushing injuries which has caused a risk of future damage and unsightly scarring.||£27,760 to £39,200|
|Whiplash||One or more whiplash injuries.||Longer than 18 months but 24 months maximum.||£4,215|
|Whiplash||One or more whiplash injuries||Longer than 15 months but 18 months maximum.||£3,005|
How Special Damages Could Also Compensate You
Special damages are another form of compensation you could be entitled to receive. These aim to restore you to the financial position you were in prior to the accident by compensating the monetary losses you incurred.
Evidence will be useful to have when making a claim for these damages. Examples of the losses and evidence to accompany such include:
- Payslips to show the loss of earnings
- Invoices to show the cost of home or vehicle adaptations
- Public transport tickets to show the transportation costs
Having evidence will be significant to the success of your claim. To learn more about compensation in relation to taxi passenger injury claims, please contact our advisors, who can offer free legal advice.
If you choose to utilise the services of a solicitor, they may offer you a No Win No Fee agreement. A popular type of these arrangements is a Conditional Fee Agreement.
If your claim is unsuccessful, you will not pay for your solicitor’s services. However, with this agreement in place, your solicitor will take a success fee in the event that you have a successful claim.
The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013 legally caps this deduction, and the amount will most likely be discussed prior to you entering into the agreement with your solicitor.
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Talk To Us About Your Claim
If you want further information about taxi passenger injury claims, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of advisors has access to a panel of solicitors who could help you with your claim.
To get in touch with us, please do so using the following methods:
- Call us on 020 3870 4868
- Complete our online form to contact us
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