Taxi Accident Claims | How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Taxi Accident? | 2021 Update
By Olivia Fitzpatrick. Last Updated 13th July 2021. Welcome to our personal injury claims guide on how to make taxi accident claims.
Both taxis and minicabs are classed as public hire vehicles, and therefore must be covered by full private and public hire insurance. This means that if you were injured in a taxi or suffered some form of loss, you should be able to make a compensation claim.
Several different key scenarios can lead to a person having a right to claim compensation following a minicab or taxi passenger accident. Road users include the driver making a mistake, the vehicle itself being faulty, or a third party such as another vehicle causing the accident.
No matter how the taxi or minicab accident actually occurred, as long as it was not your fault, you could have a good reason to claim compensation. And so we can help with any road traffic accident claims.
Discerning who was at fault for the accident and determining just what you can make a compensation claim for following a taxi accident is complicated. You will need legal advice and the assistance of a solicitor to press your compensation claim.
We recommend you contact us to discuss how we can help you with this. Please have a read of this guide and get in touch with us when you’re done finding out more or arranging to work with a solicitor.
You can reach us by calling 0800 073 8804 or filling in a contact form to request a phone call back from our team of advisors. And it’s free to get a consultation from our team of experts about your potential case for compensation.
Time Limits for Taxi Accident Claims
Did you know that taxi accident claims have time limits within which they can be made?
The usual time limit for personal injury claims is 3 years, which would be effective from the date of your taxi accident or the date that you realised that you suffered as a result of it.
However, exceptions can be made to this limitation period in cases where the claimant was unable to make legal proceedings themselves. For example, if your child is under 18 but they have grounds to claim compensation, you could do so on their behalf by acting as a litigation friend. In this case, the time limit would be frozen until you assume this role and be effective from that point onwards. Otherwise, they can wait and claim for themselves once they turn 18.
If you wait too long before commencing legal proceedings for your case, you run the risk of missing out on the compensation that you deserve. Therefore, if you’d like to make a claim for a taxi accident, you should get in touch today for a free consultation to see if you could be entitled to compensation. If we believe you have a valid claim, we can even connect you to a personal injury lawyer from our panel to get to work on your case right away.
In the meantime, please read on to learn more about taxi accident claims.
Select a Section
- A guide to making a claim for compensation following a taxi or minicab accident.
- What is an accident compensation claim following a taxi or minicab accident?
- Taxi and minicab accidents are common.
- Taxi or minicab accident compensation claims on a no win no fee basis.
- Who can sue for a taxi or minicab accident compensation claim?
- What about compensation claims against ride-sharing services such as Uber?
- What types of circumstances can result in claiming taxi or minicab accident compensation?
- Taxi or minicab driver negligence claims.
- Taxi accident claims against the controlling company.
- Taxi accident claims against a third party.
- What you should do if you are involved in a taxi or minicab accident.
- How to claim compensation after a taxi or minicab accident.
- Compensation you can claim following a taxi or minicab accident.
- Taxi and Minicab Accident Compensation Amounts
- Why choose us as your solicitor?
We believe in making the process of pursuing personal injury compensation following a taxi or minicab accident as easy as possible. Because of this, we have designed a service that begins with a free legal consultancy session.
We use this session to find out all of the facts that pertain to the taxi or minicab accident. We then use these facts to develop a plan on how to move your claim forward. We will offer to pursue a compensation claim on your behalf under a No Win No Fee agreement in almost every case. This means that you don’t pay any legal fees at all unless we actually manage to make a successful compensation claim on your behalf following your taxi accident.
Something we should make clear, though, is that due to the complexity of these types of compensation claims, we will not be able to give you an estimate of just how much you can expect to claim during this free consultation.
What happens if you get in an accident in a taxi?
If a taxi collides with your car, you can make a compensation claim, But you must have the evidence to prove the taxi driver’s responsibility. And note that they will put up a fight, as being liable for an accident could affect their future career.
When considering making a claim following an accident occurring whilst riding in a taxi or minicab, two driving factors will affect the claim.
Firstly, who is to blame? Was the taxi accident caused by negligence on the part of the driver? Was the vehicle at fault? Or perhaps a third party caused the accident? Discerning the facts that lead up to the accident is an important part of the claim process.
Secondly, we need to discern what compensation you may be eligible to claim. This will include evaluating any injuries you sustained, loss of earnings due to the accident, and any long-term factors such as ongoing health issues.
Taxi or minicab services are the most popular form of short-distance public transport in the United Kingdom. And as we would expect, due to this, the number of accidents that members of the public are involved in whilst riding in a minicab or taxi is quite high.
In 2019 there were almost 291,800 registered taxi and private hire vehicles in the U.K. 76% of these licensed vehicles were minicabs, not taxis. So overall, there were almost 362,600 licensed taxi or minicab drivers in the U.K. These numbers are records; there have never been as many licensed vehicles on the roads as there are today in Britain. In 2019. You can see more details about the number of registered PHV’s and taxi’s here.
When we correlate these numbers with the statistics on road accidents in the U.K., we find that there were 153,158 casualties of all severities in reported road traffic accidents in 2019 which 25,945 resulted in serious injury and 1,752 resulted in death. So again, you can see these numbers at their source in this government annual report.
So, we can clearly see that the risk of being involved in a road traffic accident when riding in a taxi or minicab is quite high.
Making a personal injury claim following an accident while riding in a taxi or minicab is a complicated process. Discerning who is to blame for the accident (and who to claim against) can take some time. As can the actual claim itself. In most cases, this can mean that the victim will need to pay ongoing legal fees until their claim is completed. And if unsuccessful, they will be out of pocket to the value of these legal fees.
We offer an alternative option, and we can arrange a Conditional Fee Agreement, more commonly known as a No Win No Fee agreement. This means you don’t pay a thing until our claim is complete and only pay if your claim was successful. The maximum we can legally charge once you receive your compensation payout is 25% of the amount you were awarded.
In most cases, following an accident that occurs in a taxi or minicab, the actual victim will make the claim. However, in some cases, such as where the victim is unable to make their own claim (due to ill health) or in extreme cases was killed due to the accident, there may be other parties who can be sued for compensation.
In cases where the victim cannot press their own compensation claim, then the dependents of the victim will be able to sue. Additionally, extended family members who have suffered hardship due to losing a loved one can also claim. Finally, the estate of a person who was killed in a taxi or minicab accident can also sue.
In 2011, Uber opened the first consumer-focused ride-sharing service in the U.K. Since this time, several competitors have also begun operating. So, where does a person stand legally if they are victims of an accident whilst riding in an Uber or another ride-sharing type of service?
The situation here is quite complex. Uber (and other ride-sharing providers) do not see itself as a taxi/minicab firm. A tech company operates as a bridge between the driver and the passenger in a taxi. Uber sees its drivers as individual private contractors. And whilst Uber does require that its drivers maintain a proper level of insurance, it does not check on the vehicle’s condition, and it does not monitor the conduct of its drivers.
In a standard taxi/minicab firm, we directly route to responsibility, starting with the driver and then on to the company itself. Ride-sharing services offer no such clear route to responsibility.
Therefore, if you are involved in an accident whilst riding an Uber or another ride-sharing type of service, you really must seek legal advice as soon as possible. Uber has made it very difficult to sue the company itself for compensation. Therefore, it would be wise to ensure that any claim made against them is handled by a personal injury lawyer.
There are three main sets of circumstances that can lead to a person having the right to make a claim following an accident whilst riding in a taxi or minicab. These are driver negligence, negligence on the part of the operating company, and accidents caused by a third party.
In this category, we are talking about all of the reasons an injury can occur due to a person riding in a taxi or minicab being involved in an accident caused by the vehicle’s driver. This could include situations such as:
- Loss of concentration.
- Use of mobile telephone.
- Dangerous driving.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
In this category, we are discussing reasons for making a compensation claim against the taxi or minicab firm after suffering an injury due to an accident that occurred whilst riding in one of their vehicles. Examples of these reasons include:
- Failing to ensure the car was properly maintained.
- Failing to ensure the driver held proper insurance.
- Failure to ensure that all legal compliance issues are covered.
- Failure to perform adequate background checks and verification of new drivers.
In this category, we are talking about all of the reasons a person may have a right to claim compensation following a taxi or minicab accident that a third party caused. Examples of these reasons include:
- Another vehicle causes an accident involving a taxi or minicab.
- The taxi or minicab crashing after the driver has been forced to take evasive manoeuvres to avoid the actions of another vehicle.
- Collision with some static object that has been left in a place where it is causing an obstacle.
If you are unlucky enough to be the victim of an accident whilst riding in a taxi, minicab or ride-sharing service, then you must capture all of the key facts right away and take certain actions to ensure that the driver knows you were injured.
We recommend the following actions to give any claim the best chances of success:
- Make sure your driver knows that you have suffered an injury as a result of the accident.
- Take down the name, address, telephone number, car registration details and, if possible, the license number of the driver.
- Take contact details for anyone else involved in the accident.
- Take contact details for anyone who witnessed the accident.
- Take as many photos as possible if you have a camera (or a phone with a camera). This includes the accident scene, the vehicle itself, and key registration documents.
- Make sure that the accident has been reported to the police.
- Go to the hospital, even if you have sustained only minor injuries so that there is a documented record of them.
- Contact a qualified legal representative to help you with your compensation claim. We are happy to help you in this capacity.
The very first thing you should do when you are considering making a claim for compensation following being the victim of an injury sustained as a result of an accident whilst you were travelling in a taxi or minicab is to get some legal advice.
This is where we come in. We offer a completely free legal consultation, during which we will ask you all of the pertinent questions about the factors leading to the accident. These questions will likely include:
- Where was the accident?
- When did the accident happen?
- How did the accident happen, e.g. was anyone not wearing a seatbelt?
- Details of any injuries that you sustained.
- What was done to assist you after the accident?
- Are you going to suffer any long-term health issues or lose earnings as a result of the accident?
Once we have the answers to these kinds of questions, we can make some sensible recommendations on how to move your compensation claim forward.
Just how much compensation you might be able to gain from a claim due to sustaining an injury resulting from a taxi or minicab accident is far from straightforward. It will depend upon how bad your injuries are, what the long-term health and financial effects of your injuries will be, and also the level of negligence that caused the accident in the first place.
Typically, all compensation claims will be made up of one or more of these categories:
- The cost of additional care – if you had to pay out of pocket expenses to pay for care services, such as nursing visits or similar following your accident.
- Medical bills – to treat your injuries after the accident and ongoing treatment of long-term effects of injuries.
- General damages – covering items such as the physical pain of the injury, emotional trauma, and other conditions suffered due to the accident.
- The cost of travel – covering out of pocket expenses for public transport, the cost of fuel and the like for trips to and from appointments relating to the accident.
- Loss of earnings – if the injuries you sustained due to the accident result in your income becoming lower or even drying up altogether, you can make a claim for loss of earnings.
No two claims are the same, and a wide range of factors will drive the amount you will receive. However, as a rule of thumb, these are likely compensation amounts for a range of different injuries. Note that this doesn’t include special damages, with the financial loss of your injury coming into clearer focus. Also, that could mean your claim being worth even more once you agree on a settlement.
Updated July 2021.
|Very severe brain damage||£264,650 to £379,100|
|Moderately severe brain damage||£205,580 to £264,650|
|Moderate brain damage||£40,410 to £205,580|
|Less severe brain damage||£14,380 to £40,410|
|Minor brain or head injury||£2,070 to £11,980|
|Severe shoulder injury||£18,020 to £45,070|
|Serious shoulder injury||£11,980 to £18,020|
|Moderate shoulder injury||£7,410 to £11,980|
|Minor neck injury||From around £2,300 to £7,410|
|Moderate neck injury||£7,410 to £36,120|
|Severe neck injury||£42,680 to in the region of £139,210|
|Clavicle fracture||£4,830 to £11,490|
Making a successful claim following an accident while riding in a taxi or minicab is a complex process. However, we understand that it is a process they need as much help with as possible for most people. Therefore, we always work in a fully transparent manner, explaining the actions we are taking in full so that you always understand exactly what is happening.
Our No Win No Fee service has been designed from the ground up to be simple and efficient. We won’t over-complicate things, and we won’t offer you advice based on lining our own pockets. Instead, we will aim to get you the most compensation possible in the shortest amount of time.
Every client is important to us, and we treat each compensation claim case with the same importance. No matter how large or small. And all of this we are happy to do on a No Win No Fee basis. No legal fees to pay now, and you won’t pay any until we secure a claim for you. If we can’t, we won’t charge you a penny. So you really have nothing to lose, so contact us now to help you claim compensation following an accident whilst riding in a taxi or minicab.
Call Today For Expert Advice on a Taxi Accident Claim
Have you recently suffered an injury sustained due to being involved in an accident whilst riding in a taxi or minicab? Did you know that even a minor injury could be a valid reason to make a compensation claim?
If you have suffered an injury that anybody but yourself caused, you will probably have a valid grounds to make a personal injury claim.
Contact us right away. We will then arrange a completely free legal consulting session for you. During this session, we will take all of the key facts about the accident and your injury to decide if you have a right to claim compensation. If you do, we will almost definitely pursue this taxi accident compensation claim on your behalf under a No Win No Fee arrangement. You won’t pay a single penny unless your claim is successful.
Taxi Accident Claims FAQs
What is the average payout for pain and suffering in a car accident?
The amount of compensation you could receive for car accident claims and the like depends on the severity of your injuries. You could receive anything from a few hundred pounds for minor injuries to hundreds of thousands of pounds for life-changing injuries.
Additionally, your insurance company policy could have an impact on what you receive, depending on your accident cover allowance. After all, if the nature of the accident exceeds your limit, you could then factor this into special damages.
Can you sue a taxi company?
Certainly, if you have grounds to claim that the company and/or its driver were responsible for the accident that caused your injury. However, please note that personal injury claims have a 3-year time limit that you must make your claim within before you lose your eligibility.
Can you claim compensation for an accident that was your fault?
Unless there is a good reason to claim that another party shares some of the blame, you cannot claim compensation for an accident that you caused.
How can a taxi driver avert an accident?
This is achievable by performing an emergency stop within good time and good distance of another vehicle or pedestrian.
How long can I make a claim after an accident?
You can claim any time after the taxi accident for up to 3 years or 36 months.
How do I calculate my personal injury claim?
You should break down your claim into general damages and special damages, recording their overall value to calculate your claim.
How many personal injury claims are successful?
Those with undeniable strong evidence succeed more often than not. In fact, most claims reach an out-of-court settlement, with approximately 5% of claims actually getting to court.
How long should a personal injury claim take?
A typical personal injury claim takes between 6-12 months from start to finish. However, some claims could stretch up to 18 months, if not longer.
Edited by Billing/Yarlett
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