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Taxi Accident Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Taxi Accident?

By Marlon Redding. Last Updated 5th August 2022. In this guide, we discuss what to do if you are hurt in a taxi accident and your injuries were caused by the negligence of another party. We’ll explain how taxi accident claims work and in what circumstances you may be able to start such a claim.

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.

Taxi accident claims

Taxi accident claims

Several different potential scenarios could lead a person being eligible to make a taxi passenger accident claim or a minicab accident claim if they are hurt by negligence while using the services of such vehicles. Potential scenarios which may lead to taxi accident claims can include the following:

  • The driver of the vehicle made an avoidable mistake.
  • The vehicle itself was faulty and not maintained or repaired properly.
  • A third party, such as the driver of another vehicle, caused 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 by 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. This guide will answer important questions such as “can you claim as a passenger in a car accident?” and “can I claim if a taxi driver caused an accident?”

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A Guide to Making a Claim for Compensation Following a Taxi or Minicab Accident

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. Providing sufficient evidence proving the driver’s or third party’s negligence is crucial when making taxi accident claims.

What is an Accident Compensation Claim Following a Taxi or Minicab Accident?

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. You could receive more compensation from taxi accident claims depending on the extent of your injury.

How Common Are Taxi Accidents?

In Britain, taxi and minicab services are a popular form of short-distance public transport. Since they are so common on the roads, taxis and minicabs are more likely to be involved in road traffic accidents than certain other types of vehicles.

In 2021, there were a total of 251,100 licensed vehicles in England. Of these, 77% were Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs). There were 58,300 licensed taxis in England in 2021. This is important when considering the road traffic accident statistics from this time period. 

The Department for Transport shows that, in the year ending June 2021, in Great Britain, there were 1,390 people killed in road traffic accidents. Furthermore, there were 23,140 people who were seriously injured and 95,320 who were slightly injured. 

While we can’t confirm how many of these injuries led to successful taxi accident claims, it’s a possibility that some of these injuries were caused by a taxi driver’s or another road user’s negligence. An example of this would be, for instance, a taxi driver causing a car accident on the bend of a road because they were not paying full attention.

Taxi or Minicab Accident Compensation Claims on a No Win No Fee Basis

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.

Who Can Sue for a Taxi or Minicab Accident Compensation Claim?

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.

What About Compensation Claims Against Ride Sharing Services such as Uber?

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.

What Types of Circumstances Can Result in Claiming Taxi or Minicab Accident Compensation?

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.

Taxi or Minicab Driver Negligence Claims

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.
  • Speeding.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

This also answers questions such as, “If a taxi driver caused an accident, can I claim?” The answer is yes provided that you have sufficient evidence to show that their negligence caused your injury.

Taxi Accident Claims Against the Controlling Company

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. You can claim if the driver is uninsured.
  • Failure to ensure that all legal compliance issues are covered.
  • Failure to perform adequate background checks and verification of new drivers.

Taxi Accident Claims Against a Third Party

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.

What You Should Do If You’re A Taxi Passenger Injured In A Car Accident

If you are unlucky enough to be the victim of an accident whilst riding in a taxi (or similar kind of transport), then seeking any medical attention you require should be the first priority. If you are considering pursuing legal action, then it’s important to secure evidence that can support a potential claim as soon as possible. Make sure, however, that you’ve sufficiently recovered from any injuries you’ve experienced before you start collecting evidence.

We recommend the following actions to give any claim the best chances of success:

  • Seek medical treatment, even if you have sustained only minor injuries so that there is a documented record of them.
  • Make sure your driver knows that you have suffered an injury as a result of the accident.
  • Take the name, address, telephone number, car registration details and, if possible, the license number of the driver.
  • Make note of 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.
  • Contact a qualified legal representative to help you with your compensation claim. We are happy to help you in this capacity.

Performing these actions could increase your chances of receiving compensation for taxi accident claims. To learn more about this, please contact our friendly team of advisors completely for free using the above details.

How To Claim Compensation After Minicab Or Taxi Accidents

The very first thing you should do when you are considering making a claim for compensation if you’re 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.

Special Damages in Taxi Accident Claims

There are two types of compensation you could receive from taxi accident claims: general damages and special damages. General damages compensation is awarded based on aspects such as the nature of the injury, the negative impact of it and if any permanent health issues were caused. It takes into account the pain and suffering of any injuries you experienced.

This can involve physical or psychological injuries and, if several injuries were caused by the same act of negligence, you could claim for all of them as part of the same personal injury claim. 

If, for instance, you have been injured as a passenger in a taxi, you may also be able to claim for the financial losses caused by the injury. This is referred to as special damages compensation. Potential losses you could claim for as part of a taxi passenger accident claim include:

  • Care costs – The injury could result in you needing to hire a private nurse as part of the rehabilitation process. 
  • Medical bills – This can include prescription costs and healthcare costs if they are considered necessary. 
  • Loss of earnings – If the injury leaves you unable to work, you could suffer financial losses due to this. You could also claim for future loss of earnings if the injury you’ve experienced is long-term or permanent. 
  • Travel costs – If the injury has resulted in you being unable to drive, you could claim back the costs of public transport.
  • Home adjustments – If you’ve suffered a serious injury, you may need adjustments to your home, such as a care bed or stairlift. 

You would need to evidence any losses, so it is beneficial to keep documentation such as receipts or payslips.

Compensation Payouts For A Taxi Passenger Accident Claim

All claims are unique, and a wide range of factors will influence the amount of compensation you will receive if your own claim succeeds. Therefore, there are no standard set figures for how much compensation you could receive from taxi accident claims.

To help provide some guidance on potential compensation amounts, we’ve included a table below with compensation brackets covering different injuries you may claim for following a taxi passenger accident. Note that these brackets apply to general damages only and do not include any potential special damages.

The compensation brackets below are based on the 16th edition of the Judicial College guidelines, published in April 2022. Solicitors may refer to these brackets to help work out the value of your injuries if you can make a taxi accident claim. You can contact our team for more advice on what you may be entitled to.

Very severe brain damage£282,010 to £403,990
Moderately severe brain damage£219,070 to £282,010
Moderate brain damage (i)£150,110 to £219,070
Less severe brain damage£15,320 to £43,060
Severe neck injury (i)In the region of
Moderate neck injury (i)£24,990 to
Severe shoulder injury£19,200 to £48,030
Serious shoulder injury£12,770 to £19,200
Moderate shoulder injury£7,890 to £12,770

Why Choose Us as Your Solicitor?

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. This means that there would be no legal fees to pay at the start of the claim or during the process. You would only have to pay us if we are successfully able to claim compensation 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.

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One of our advisers could help you begin your claim for accident compensation today. They have experience with dealing with taxi accident injury claims, could value your claim and potentially put you through to a No Win No Fee solicitor.

Taxi accident claims

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  • Understand the process of a claim
  • Gain insight into the evidence that could help your claim
  • Receive an estimate for the compensation you could be awarded
  • Decide if making a claim is the right decision for you.

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  • Using the live chat feature and speaking to one immediately
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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.

What are some top tips on proving a taxi crash claim?

When making accident claims as a taxi passenger, or claims for taxi accidents were you have been hit by a taxi, there are certain steps you could take. One of the most important steps is the process of acquiring evidence. This is done to establish negligence. In other words, you need to prove that your injuries were the result of a taxi driver not upholding their duty of care.

The more evidence you have, the greater chance your taxi accident claim has of success. Below, we have included some examples of what evidence can be helpful to acquire.

  • Witness details – By gathering the contact information of those who saw the incident, a solicitor, such as ours, could potentially gather official witness statements.
  • Visual evidence – This includes both video footage and photographs. Proof of your injuries and of the incident itself can both be very useful.
  • Medical records – When you’re treated by a medical professional, your injuries and treatments will be recorded in official documentation. This can be helpful to show the severity of your injuries and your treatment plan.

For more information on this step in the claims process, get in touch today.

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. However, there are instances where you may be able to claim outside of this time period. Contact us to learn more.

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.

Can you claim as a passenger in a car accident?

In most instances, you would be able to claim compensation if injured whilst being a passenger in a car accident. This is because you would normally not be considered liable for the accident as you had no control or influence over the vehicles involved.

If, after reading this guide, you still have any questions about taxi accident claims, you are welcome to contact Legal Expert. You can reach us on the phone or online using the contact details mentioned above.

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