Taxicabs traveling to or from Westbury provide transportation to many people throughout the area on a daily basis. Many people don’t even notice taxis on the road, as they are so common. However, the prevalence of these vehicles does not make them less dangerous or less likely to cause an accident.
Accidents involving taxis are often very serious. It is frequently difficult to get compensation after an accident with a taxicab because of the liability issues with the taxi company. Fortunately, help is available from the team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. Call us at (516) 932-0400 to find out how our taxicab accident attorneys can help you.
Accidents Involving Taxicabs Occur All Too Often
Taxicabs are considered “livery vehicles.” Livery vehicles are vehicles that are available for hire and although by law this classification can even include boats that are rented, taxis and limousines are the most common examples of livery vehicles in the state of New York.
Of course, livery vehicle accidents can happen anywhere, including in Westbury. These accidents occur for a variety of reasons and should always be treated seriously. Accidents in taxicabs in our area often result in injuries sustained by:
- Other drivers
- Passengers in the taxi
- Pedestrians or bicyclists
If you were hurt by a taxi driver, an attorney is standing by to hear the details of your accident. We are prepared to begin working on your case right away, so do not hesitate to contact us.
For a free legal consultation with a taxicab accidents lawyer serving Westbury, call 516-932-0400
Steps to Take After a Taxicab Accident in Westbury
If you were hurt in a taxicab accident in Westbury, there are several steps you should take right away. Make sure that you:
Contact the Authorities
You should inform law enforcement officers about your motor vehicle accident in or with a taxi. This applies if you were a passenger in the taxi when it struck someone else or if you were driving a vehicle hit by a taxicab. You should also contact law enforcement if a taxicab strikes you as you are walking along the side of the road, crossing the street, or were injured as a pedestrian in any other way.
Record the Scene of the Accident
It is important to gather as much information from the scene of your accident as possible. Make sure that you take pictures of your injuries, any damage to your vehicle and the other vehicles involved, and the place where the accident occurred. Get contact information from the driver of the taxicab, any other drivers involved in the accident, and any witnesses. Photographs of the license plates of all involved vehicles and even of the window registration stickers can, in some cases, be especially helpful, so please collect these as well. Ideally, the police will come the scene and prepare a Police Accident Report (link to F&S page on “How to Obtain a police accident report,) which should contain a great deal of information, but gathering the additional information mentioned above, if you can do so safely, won’t hurt and may be very helpful.
Seek Medical Treatment for Your Personal Injuries
It is important that you see a doctor if you were hurt in a taxicab accident. Injuries in an accident can include broken bones, lacerations, burns, and internal injuries. While treatment is obviously greatly important for your health and well being, from a legal perspective, it provides objective, professional documentation of your injuries that will support your claim for monetary compensation.
Contact an Accident Attorney
Take steps to get legal help on your side after you are hurt in a taxicab accident. An accident attorney will take charge of your injury case and work to bring you compensation for your losses. Begin working with a member of our dedicated legal team by calling (516) 932-0400.
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Allow a Taxicab Accident Lawyer to Help You
You do not have to try to fight for compensation after a taxicab accident on your own. The legal team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. is standing by to assist you with your legal challenges. We are prepared to:
Provide You with Updates Regarding Your Case
We know that it could feel stressful to wait for information about the state of your case. Our legal team provides clients in your situation with detailed status updates. This ensures that you know where your case always stands.
Identify the Party At-Fault for Your Accident
Liability is important in cases involving taxicabs. Taxi drivers often cause these accidents, especially if they are driving while under the influence of alcohol or breaking traffic laws. Taxi companies typically bear responsibility for an accident as the owner of the taxi-vehicle, and the company can also be responsible if they hire drivers whom they knew, or should have known, were in some respect unqualified to drive their taxicab.
Handle Legal Communication for You
Our legal team will take over all legal communication in your accident case. We’ll speak with insurance agents, the taxi driver, and representatives for the taxi company. This allows you to focus on recovering from your personal injuries.
Collect Evidence Regarding Your Accident
Our personal injury law firm will focus on determining exactly what happened during your accident. We will speak with eyewitnesses, work with expert witnesses, review the scene of the accident, and more. We will use this information about your accident to build a claim on your behalf, to secure you compensation for your losses.
Determine the Value of Your Claim
In addition to determining who caused your accident, your lawyer will work to assess the losses you sustained in the collision. This will involve your lawyer carefully analyzing your medical records, auto repair bills, and more. Pursue compensation for all your losses by working with a Westbury taxicab accident lawyer right now.
Pursue Compensation After a Taxicab Accident
Take proactive steps to get compensation for your losses after an accident. Work with a lawyer to pursue damages to cover your:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages at work
- Vehicle repair costs
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
Sometimes, a lawyer will work to settle your case after you are struck by a taxi driver. Taxi companies are required to carry insurance for their drivers. A lawyer could help you pursue compensation for your losses through the taxi company’s insurance, as they are required to have minimum insurance levels in third party liability coverage on their vehicles.
However, in other situations, a lawyer will seek compensation by advising you to file a personal injury lawsuit. In this situation, you would rely on a personal injury lawyer to stand up for you in court to secure a verdict in your favor.
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Contact a Taxicab Accident Attorney for Help Today
The accident attorneys at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. are prepared to help you handle your legal matters after a taxicab accident. Begin working on your claim right away by contacting us. To reach us, you only need to call for a free consultation at (516) 932-0400 or fill out our online contact form.
To learn more about your legal options, contact a Westbury taxicab accident lawyer today.