Can You Sue a Taxi Service?
Taxis are an essential part of many people’s lives. Whether you’re traveling to the airport or taking a taxi home late at night, they can be a great way to get around quickly. However, sometimes things go wrong with your taxi ride.
Thousands of people have to be taken to the emergency room every year after taxi accidents. Many victims wonder if they have any legal recourse and can sue a taxi service. This has gotten even more complex in cities like New York where Uber has partnered with Yellow Taxi.
If you get frustrated figuring out who to sue for a taxi accident and for how much, the lawyers of Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP can provide guidance.
When You Can Rightfully Sue a Taxi Service
The first step is proving that the taxi service was negligent. While many accidents are unpredictable, there are some that are caused by negligence on the part of the driver or owner.
This could include a driver speeding or making unsafe turns. Taxi services are also responsible for vehicle maintenance, such as ensuring the brakes are working properly.
Proving liability can be difficult, but our firm has years of experience helping taxi accident victims recover compensation for their suffering. We can help you formulate the proper legal strategy and recover damages that may include pain and suffering, lost wages related to your injuries, medical bills related to treatment after your injuries occurred, and more, depending on the circumstances.
How Policy Limits May Affect Your Claim
The taxi service should have insurance that covers passengers, but it may not always be enough to cover all your injuries and expenses. As an example, in New York City’s five boroughs, passengers are covered for up to $100,000 per accident or $300,000 per occurrence. However, in nearby Westchester County and Long Island, policy limits can exceed $1.25 million.
It is therefore critical to have a lawyer who is familiar with these limits and knows how to maximize your claim. In fact, we can often get our clients more money in damages than they initially expected.
If your injuries are not covered under these policy limits, you also have the opportunity to seek the funds you’re due through a lawsuit. Talk to your lawyer about taking your claim to court and getting your damages covered.
Get Legal Aid Suing a Taxi Service
Most taxi services have deep pockets and can afford to pay an army of defense lawyers to fight your claim. Oftentimes so-called expert witnesses are called in to provide testimony that your injuries are less severe than they indeed are.
In addition, claims adjusters sometimes try to downplay your injuries to benefit a taxi service that’s trying to avoid paying valid claims or outright deny them. Sadly, many victims just give up and settle for less than their case is truly worth.
With the right personal injury lawyer, you can successfully sue a taxi service and get the settlement you deserve. Please contact Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP for a consultation about your case. Fill out our online form or call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) to discuss your options.