If you suffered injuries in a car accident caused by a Plantation taxicab driver, you may be able to hold the driver or their employer liable. We can help you file an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit and fight for the payout you need to cover your medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
A taxicab accident lawyer in Plantation, FL from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine offer free case reviews and can explain your legal options for compensation after a Plantation crash. We can help you understand how these cases differ from a typical accident claim and navigate the claims process for you. Call our office today at 1-800-747-3733 for a complimentary consultation with a member of our team.
Available Damages in a Plantation, Florida, Taxicab Accident Case
Because of Florida’s no-fault accident laws, you must first turn to your personal injury protection policy after a typical car accident. However, because taxicabs are commercial vehicles, this is not necessary when the driver who caused the crash is a cab driver.
Instead, we can help you hold the cab driver accountable through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit without needing to meet any other criteria. If we can win a payout for you in your case, you may be eligible for a wide range of damages. This may include:
- Medical care and related costs
- Ongoing care and future care expenses
- Lost wages, including commissions and bonuses
- Diminished earning capacity and lost benefits
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle
- Property damages for other personal property
- Related miscellaneous costs
- Pain and suffering damages
Liability in a Plantation, Florida, Taxicab Accident
Even in cases when it is clear the taxicab driver acted negligently, it is not always obvious who is liable after a crash. Structures of cab companies vary. Possibilities include:
- The driver owns the cab and operates independently.
- The driver works for a larger company.
When the driver works for a larger company, the legal doctrine comes into play. This doctrine allows us to hold employers liable for the negligent acts their employees commit while on the clock. If the driver operates independently, they must still carry the state minimum liability insurance for cabs.
Florida Statute 627.733(1) (b) requires all for-hire vehicles to carry a minimum liability policy that provides at least:
- $125,000 per person for bodily injuries
- $250,000 per accident for bodily injuries
- $50,000 for property damage
All taxicab drivers should have this type of coverage, no matter if they work for a large taxi company or operate on their own. We can help you understand who is liable for your accident-related damages and help you file a claim.
Getting Compensation in a Plantation, Florida, Taxicab Accident
A taxicab accident lawyer in Plantation, FL from our team will assess your case and can advise you about whether we believe you have a valid claim for compensation. If so, we will accept your case and handle every step of the claims process for you. This includes:
Investigating Your Case
Before we can file a claim for compensation, we need to know exactly what happened and the role the taxicab driver played in your crash. To this end, we fully investigate every case we handle. As a part of our investigation, you can expect us to:
- Obtain copies of the police report and other documents.
- Enlist a survey team to survey and document the scene of the accident.
- Inspect all vehicles involved in the accident.
- Identify and collect all available evidence.
- Review witnesses statements.
- Work with an accident reconstruction specialist.
- Review your medical records.
- Interview experts about your prognosis and ongoing medical needs.
- Collect your bills, receipts, and other documentation of your damages.
Proving Negligence and Liability
We need to prove the cab driver acted negligently, causing your accident and injuries. This is the only way we can win a taxicab accident insurance claim or lawsuit. To prove negligence, we must meet four elements:
- The taxicab driver had a duty to act or not act in a particular way.
- They failed to uphold this duty.
- Their failure led to the accident and your injuries.
- You suffered financial losses because of the accident.
Filing an Insurance Claim
The process to file an insurance claim in this type of case begins when we send a demand letter to the taxicab driver’s insurance company. While we outline your full range of damages in our letter, the insurance company will most likely respond with a counter-offer that is much too low to cover your expenses and losses. However, we can usually parlay this into aggressively negotiating, and often reach a fair settlement agreement at this point in the process.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
In some cases, we may need to litigate your case to recover the payout you deserve. This includes:
- When the insurance company denies liability
- When they deny your claim
- When they refuse a fair settlement agreement
When possible, we settle personal injury cases without resorting to litigation. However, if presenting your case to the judge and asking for a fair payout is necessary we will not back down.
Talk to a Taxicab Accident Lawyer in Plantation, FL, About Your Case Today
The Plantation car accident team from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine offers free case evaluations and consultations. If we believe you have a strong case for compensation, we will handle the claims process for you and fight for the payout you need after a Plantation taxicab accident. Call us today at 1-800-747-3733 to discuss your case with a member of our team.