The popularity of taxi cabs has waned in the face of ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t still taxis on the road, though. Taxi drivers, like other motorists, are required to take essential precautions to protect themselves, their passengers, and you from undue harm. Even so, there are still some taxi drivers who will forgo their duty of care.
Taxi cab accidents can be particularly stressful to deal with when you feel like you have to contend with a driver, passenger, and parent company on your own. When you contact a taxi cab accident lawyer in West Valley City, though, you can both avoid unfounded accusations and fight for loss-based compensation. The 1Law team is prepared to lend you a hand.
If you get into an accident with a taxi cab driver, you need to determine who you want to hold liable for your losses upon taking your case to court. This is not always the taxi’s driver. In some cases, the taxi driver’s parent company may bear the legal responsibility for their oversight.
To determine whether or not a driver bears the responsibility for your accident, you need to determine if they were on duty at the time of your accident. The definition of “on duty” can vary between taxi companies. However, most companies acknowledge that a driver in the middle of ferrying passengers to or from a location falls under their protection.
Taxi companies may put up a fight, though, if a taxi driver causes an accident without passengers in the car. In these cases, you may have to bring your complaint up against an individual instead of an institution. Our taxi cab accident lawyers in West Valley City, UT, can help you distinguish between these circumstances.
The best way to contend with your post-taxi accident bills is to file a taxi accident complaint. A civil complaint, otherwise known as a claim, allows you to bring your losses to the attention of a civil court. If a court approves your right to pursue compensation, you can request payment for all your losses from the party you believe to be responsible for your accident.
In most cases, the compensation you can receive for a taxi cab accident can include coverage of your:
We can base our estimate of your possible compensation on the bills you’ve had to contend with since your accident. Furthermore, we can account for the economic value of intangible losses, like the aforementioned emotional distress. By adding a multiplier to your economic compensation, we can help you fight for the support you need to facilitate a full recovery.
In the eyes of Utah’s civil courts, taxi accidents qualify as personal injury accidents. With this in mind, you need to file your taxi accident complaint within Utah’s personal injury statute of limitations.
This statute, Utah Code § 78-12-25, allows you to take four years to bring your losses to the attention of a civil court. Any injured party who is unable to file a complaint within this four-year period will default on their right to civil compensation.
That’s why it’s important to act on your losses as quickly as you can after an accident. When you connect with a taxi cab accident attorney in West Valley City, UT, you can still file a complaint while recovering from physical and/or financial losses.
If the taxi company whose driver hit you recognizes the possibility of a civil suit, they may reach out to you with a settlement offer before you have the chance to connect with an attorney. Taxi cab car accident settlement offers can provide you with the means to financially recover from an accident. However, taxi companies tend to undersell their initial offers.
Should you receive a settlement offer from a taxi company, contact our office. We can compare your settlement offer against our own estimate of your possible compensation. From there, we can help you with legal negotiations. Throughout this process, we can reference the estimated value of your losses and ensure that you receive the best shot at comprehensive compensation.
Taxi accident trials allow you to put your right to compensation into the hands of a judge and jury. You can work with us to present the story of your losses and argue for your right to compensation. In turn, you can respond to the defendant’s arguments claiming that you may not deserve the compensation that you’re requesting.
Your trial will break down into five sections: discovery, opening statements, examination and cross-examination, and deliberation. You’ll be expected to contribute the most information during the discovery and examination stages.
All the while, our team can use our expertise to analyze available evidence. West Valley City, UT, taxi cab accident attorneys can convince attending parties of your right to financial support.
When you move to file a taxi cab accident civil complaint, you’re not on your own. Our legal team has years of experience that we’re prepared to leverage behind your case. This knowledge lets us effectively parse Utah statutes to build your case and defend your right to financial support.
Our team is prepared to offer you full access to our suite of services, including:
You can discuss what kind of services you want from us during an initial case consultation. In every case, we put our all into fighting for the financial support you need to ease your way through accident recovery.
Recovering from a taxi accident often requires you to take on a litany of expenses that you didn’t budget for. The cost of your recovery doesn’t have to stop you from pursuing legal action against a liable party, though. In many cases, taking legal action can actually make it easier for you to contend with your accident-related expenses.
For more information about what your approach to a taxi cab accident lawsuit can look like, contact a West Valley City taxi cab accident lawyer with 1Law. We’re available to discuss the possible compensation associated with your case over the phone or through our online chat feature.