If a taxicab driver caused your Florida car accident injuries, you are likely eligible to file an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit and hold the driver and/or their employer liable for the damages you suffered. This is true if the taxi driver hit your car or if you were a passenger in the taxi at the time of the crash.
A taxicab accident lawyer in Fort Lauderdale, FL from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you understand your rights and file an accident claim. The way you proceed with this type of claim differs from a typical car accident claim. Call our team today at 1-800-747-3733 for your free case evaluation.
Damages Available in a Fort Lauderdale Taxicab Accident Case
After most car accidents, you may only be able to recover compensation from your no-fault insurance policy. This is true even if the other driver caused the accident. When the liable party is a taxicab driver, though, the rules are different.
You do not need to rely on your injury protection policy. Instead, we can help you file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against the driver and/or the cab company. While damages differ depending on your losses and expenses, some of the most common types of damages in these accidents include:
- Medical treatment costs
- Other health care costs
- Ongoing care and future care costs
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle
- Property damages for other personal property
- Related out of pocket costs
- Pain and suffering losses
Understanding the Florida Insurance Laws That Apply in a Taxicab Accident
The laws that apply to a taxicab accident claim in Florida are somewhat complex. A taxicab accident lawyer in Fort Lauderdale, FL can help you understand these laws.
Identifying the liable party can be difficult. There are a number of different ways taxi companies work in Florida. If the driver is an employee of a larger cab company, vicarious liability laws allow us to hold the driver and their employer responsible. If they operate independently, they should carry at least the state-mandated liability insurance, and we can hold them liable through this policy.
Under Florida State Statute 627.733(1)(b), any for-hire vehicle such as a cab or limo must carry liability insurance that will payout at least:
- $125,000 per person for bodily injuries
- $250,000 per accident for bodily injuries
- $50,000 for property damage
No matter if we file your claim against a large cab company or an independent driver, we should have access to at least this minimum amount of coverage to help you recover your expenses and accident-related losses. We can help you identify the liable party, and will manage the entire claims process for you.
Getting the Compensation You Deserve After a Crash
We offer free case evaluations, and can usually determine the validity of your case against a taxicab driver during this complimentary consultation. We can help you understand the strength of your case and your legal options. We may offer to handle your case based on contingency, meaning you owe us nothing until we win a payout on your behalf.
We will explain every step of the process in a way that you understand and so you know what to expect. In most cases, this begins with a full investigation into the accident and your resulting damages. As a part of this investigation, we may:
- Survey and document the scene of the accident
- Inspect and analyze all vehicles involved
- Request copies of the police report and other documentation
- Identify and collect any other available evidence
- Interview witnesses
- Call in an accident reconstruction team
- Request copies of your medical records
- Hire experts who can help us understand your prognosis and medical care needs
- Collect your bills, receipts, and other proof of damages
Establishing Negligence and Liability
A key part of our investigation centers on proving the cab driver caused your accident and the resulting injuries. All Florida car accident cases rely on our ability to prove a driver acted negligently. There are four elements we must prove to win your case. This includes:
- The cab driver had an obligation to act a certain way, such as to stop at a red light.
- In this example, they failed to do so, running the red light.
- This failure led directly to the accident and your injuries.
- You suffered physical injuries as well as financial losses.
Filing Your Claim
Once we build a case against the taxicab driver, we will send a demand letter to their insurance company and ask them to pay out the full value of your damages. This usually leads to settlement negotiations.
Pursuing a Personal Injury Lawsuit, If Necessary
If the insurance company denies their policyholder’s liability, denies your claim for another reason, or refuses to agree to a fair settlement, we can file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. Settling this type of case without going to court is preferable, but sometimes litigation is the only way to get the compensation you deserve.
Talk to a Taxicab Accident Lawyer Today
The personal injury team from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you file a claim and get the compensation you need and deserve after a Fort Lauderdale taxicab accident. We offer free case reviews. Call us today at 1-800-747-3733 to get started.