Did you suffer injuries in a Melbourne, FL, taxicab accident? The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine take the guesswork out of pursuing compensation from a taxicab company. We understand the complexities involved taxicab accident cases and know what it takes to recover compensation for your damages.
We can help you hold the cab driver or the cab company liable for your injuries. Our team will gather evidence, communicate on your behalf, and negotiate a claim for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other physical and emotional damages.
To find out how we can help you, call a taxicab accident lawyer in Melbourne, FL, today at 1-800-747-3733 for a free, no-risk case evaluation.
Determining Fault in Your Taxicab Accident
Before filing a claim, we must identify the at-fault party. If the taxi driver caused the accident, then the next step is to determine how the driver’s negligence contributed to your injury.
The cause for your taxicab accident might include:
- Aggressive driving
- Distracted driving
- Following too closely (tailgating)
- Impaired driving
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, the cab driver and the other driver may both be found at fault for causing your injuries. Regardless of who is at fault, you shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s negligence.
The Taxicab Company May Share Liability for Your Accident
Our investigation also involves determining who owns the taxicab. If the driver worked for a taxicab company, we may be able to hold the company responsible for its employee’s unsafe driving behavior.
We may also discover that the taxicab had defective tires or brake failure which caused the vehicle to malfunction during the accident. If the company fails to maintain its vehicles, it may be held responsible for injury accidents.
We help you recover damages from all liable parties.
Collecting Evidence in Your Taxicab Accident Case
To hold the taxicab driver liable for causing your injury accident, we must support our claim with evidence. During your case, we may gather the following evidence:
- A police report
- Photographs of the damaged taxicab
- Photographs of other vehicles at the accident scene
- Pictures of your injuries
- Eyewitness statements
- Your medical records
- Records from the taxi company including previous complaints against the driver, work hours on the day of the accident, and other information.
We may also work with subject matter experts, such as accident reconstruction specialists. These experts recreate accident scenes to determine how an accident happened and who was at fault.
Proving Negligence Against At-Fault Parties
To recover compensation in your personal injury case, we must prove the taxicab driver, another driver, or the cab company was negligent. The at fault parties are called defendants in a personal injury case.
The following are four elements of negligence that we must prove:
- Duty of care: The defendants had a duty to act in a manner that would not cause you harm.
- Breach of duty: The defendants violated their duty of care by acting carelessly or recklessly.
- Causation: The defendants’ negligent actions caused an accident.
- Damages: As a result of the accident, you suffered damages.
Filing an Insurance Claim for Your Damages
Once we gather evidence to strengthen your case and prove negligence, we may file a claim with the cab company’s insurance carrier.
Florida requires taxicab companies, as well as taxicab drivers who own their own vehicles, to carry a minimum liability insurance coverage of:
- $125,000 per person for bodily injuries
- $250,000 per accident for bodily injuries
- $50,000 for property damage
Filing a Claim When the Accident Involves Another Driver
If our investigation shows another driver was either partly or wholly at fault for your accident, we may also file a claim with their auto insurance company.
To recover compensation, we must also prove fault and negligence for the other driver.
This means we will investigate their role in the accident to determine how the driver’s negligent actions contributed to your injuries.
Using Your Own Auto Insurance if the Other Driver is Uninsured
If the other driver does not have auto insurance or doesn’t have enough insurance coverage to cover your damages, you may use your own Uninsured Motorist coverage or Underinsured Motorist coverage to pursue compensation.
If this is the case, we will help you file an uninsured motorist claim with your own auto insurance company to get reimbursed for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
If you do not have UM/UIM coverage, we can discuss other legal options to recover compensation from the other driver.
Determining the Value of Your Claim
We estimate the value of your claim based on the damages you sustained in the taxicab accident. The physical injuries you suffered are a major factor in calculating the worth of your claim.
You may be able to recover damages for your medical expenses, such as hospital bills, surgical costs, and physical therapy. You may also pursue compensation for your:
- Future medical bills
- Present and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Your taxicab accident attorney in Melbourne will negotiate your injury claim with insurers for the taxicab company and the other driver.
Let the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Help You Recover Damages in Your Taxicab Accident
Take advantage of our free, case evaluation with our taxicab accident lawyer in Melbourne, FL. We work on contingency which means you pay nothing unless we win your case.
Call us now at 1-800-747-3733 for a complimentary case evaluation.