Did you or a loved one sustain injuries in an accident involving a taxi in Los Angeles, CA? The at-fault party may owe you compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. An experienced Los Angeles taxi accident lawyer at M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers can help you secure the fair financial compensation you deserve.
Collectively, our lawyers have over 100 years of experience. We’ve helped countless clients recover the money they need and deserve over the years.
It’s never too early to start exploring your legal options. Call our law offices in Los Angeles, California at (877) 300-4535 to schedule a free consultation to get started today.
How M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Taxi Accident in Los Angeles
Even in the age of Uber and Lyft, taxis are a common way to get around Los Angeles. While most rides go off without a hitch, taxi cab accidents can and do happen.
It’s important to understand how taxi accident claims differ from typical car accident cases. Taxi drivers don’t always own their cabs. The insurance rules are also different when an accident involves a taxi. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney can help you navigate these complexities.
At M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers, we’ve helped clients recover over $400 million in compensation over the years – and counting. We’ll do everything possible to maximize your settlement or verdict.
Hiring us means you’ll have a lawyer to:
- Investigate the crash
- Find out who is responsible for paying your damages
- Hire expert witnesses to support your case
- Defend you if you’re blamed for the crash
- Negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf
Our lawyers were selected as the top 100 trial lawyers in the country by the National Trial Lawyers and as “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers Magazine. We’ve also won the Avvo Client Choice Award for excellent client service.
Call for a free consultation today to learn more about creating an attorney-client relationship with our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers.
What is My Los Angeles Taxi Accident Case Worth?
Lawsuits can be stressful and overwhelming. Many clients wonder how much their personal injury case is worth before taking action.
There’s no simple answer to the question. Every personal injury claim is different. It’s important to examine the unique ways that your injury impacted your life before putting a dollar value on your case.
In the most general terms, the following factors will be relevant in calculating your case value:
- The cost of your medical treatment
- The severity of your injuries
- Whether you’re expected to suffer any long-term or permanent disability
- How the injury will impact your work and quality of life
- The cost of repairing your vehicle and damaged property
The amount of insurance coverage can also impact your case value.
Taxis in the state of California are required to carry insurance that covers:
- A minimum of $1 million for personal injury, death, and property damage per accident
- $100,000 in bodily injury coverage per person
- $50,000 in property damage coverage per person
These limits are typically higher than the individual auto insurance that applies in traditional car accident cases. Further, you’re entitled to seek damage under the taxi driver’s coverage even if you weren’t a taxi passenger. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and third-party motorists are all covered if a taxi cab driver causes a crash in Los Angeles.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Taxi Accident Victims?
The cost of treating a serious injury might shock you. Even if your injuries were mild, the medical bills start to pile up quickly. It only adds insult to injury if you can’t work while you recover.
California personal injury laws are designed to make victims whole again after an accident. You can seek compensation for your economic damages and your non-economic damages.
Economic damages compensate for your direct financial expenses, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and income
- Diminished future earning capacity
- Nursing care
- Property damage
Non-economic damages compensate for non-financial losses, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD
If you lost a loved one, you may be entitled to seek damages for wrongful death. Surviving family members are often entitled to damages for funeral costs, burial expenses, loss of financial support, loss of consortium, and more.
Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Taxi Accident in California?
Getting into an accident can be frustrating. You may become even more frustrated if the insurance company tries to blame you for causing the accident. However, this is a common insurance tactic – and it’s important not to panic. Instead, call an experienced Los Angeles taxi accident attorney who can protect you.
California follows a pure comparative negligence law. Liability for damages is divided between all parties who share responsibility for an accident. That can include injured victims.
Once liability is apportioned between everyone who shares the blame, your compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation For All of Your Taxi Accident Injuries
Taxi accident victims often suffer serious injuries. In fact, new studies show that backseat passengers often sustain even more severe injuries than front-seat passengers.
At M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers, we’ll fight to recover fair compensation for all of your injuries, including:
- Soft tissue damage, including damage to muscles, tendons, and ligaments
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Nerve injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Back injuries
- Internal injuries
- Amputation injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
No personal injury case is too complex for our team. After you seek medical attention, don’t hesitate to reach out for the legal advice you deserve. We offer a free case review, so there’s no risk to you.
What Causes Most Taxi Accidents in Los Angeles, California?
Taxis are regulated in Los Angeles County. Even though rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have become much more popular in the city, cab drivers have to follow strict regulations and purchase a medallion to operate a taxi in L.A.
Despite the strict rules, taxi drivers are often stressed and overworked. They’re also usually in a hurry. It’s no surprise that cab accidents often happen because of speeding, aggressive driving, and other traffic violations.
Our lawyers have found that some of the most common causes of taxicab accidents include:
- Drivers who are distracted by smartphones, GPS, and other devices
- Fatigued driving
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Stopping in unsafe locations
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Drunk driving
- Aggressive driving
- Unsafe passing
- Changing lanes without checking for other vehicles
- Dangerous turns
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Failure to maintain the taxi
- Defective taxi parts
You deserve to know why you were injured. Our attorneys can help you get to the bottom of it. Call our Los Angeles personal injury law firm to schedule a free initial consultation today.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Taxi Accident in California?
Most motor vehicle accidents happen because someone was careless. To successfully recover damages, the victim typically must prove negligence.
The four elements of a negligence claim are:
- The at-fault party owed you a duty of care
- A breach of duty occurred
- The breach caused your accident
- You suffered damages because of the crash
While simple to list, these elements are often difficult to prove. Taxis are common carriers in the state of California. Because they’re entrusted with carrying passengers for a profit, they’re held to a higher standard of care.
Still, it can be tough to prove the cause of your accident. To add an extra complication, someone else may ultimately be financially liable even if the taxi driver caused the accident.
Examples of the parties who may be responsible for paying your damages include:
- The taxi company
- Government transit agencies
- Manufacturers of defective taxi components
- Taxi maintenance companies
- Third-party drivers
- The cab driver
If the taxi driver was an employee, the cab company may be responsible for damages caused by their employee. That’s because employers are liable for negligent acts committed by employees on the job.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Taxi Accident in California?
The statute of limitations in California is usually two years. Accident victims get two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit.
However, it’s always a good idea to speak with a lawyer sooner rather than later. You could have less time to act. For example, if a government agency is somehow liable, you’ll only have six months to file a claim with the city.
Without legal representation, an accident claim can become more complex than necessary. If you’re struggling with painful injuries, call M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers to schedule a free case evaluation with a Los Angeles taxi accident lawyer today.
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