Often when taxi accidents * occur, the passenger can experience significantly worse injuries than the driver.
This can sometimes be due to the taxi driver having an increased awareness of traffic meaning they react to the surrounding road conditions immediately. In the event of an accident, this means that the driver has a moment to brace themselves directly before impact, leaving their body less exposed to injury. The passenger is much more likely not to be paying attention to the traffic, leaving their body exposed to the worst injury they could face. Taxi drivers have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of any passengers that they take on board. Any personal injuries * suffered due to the negligence of the driver may result in a claim against the driver instead of the taxi company. If you or a family member have been involved in a taxi accident it is imperative that you talk to a solicitor if you wish to pursue a claim.
A lot of accidents * occur due to the fatigue of the driver. Even though all registered taxi drivers are experienced and familiar with the routes, they work long hours through the night, often without taking a break. The tiredness affects the driving skills of the driver, causing delayed reactions to traffic and decreased awareness. Other causes of taxi driver accidents include:
Texting while driving,
Talking on a mobile while driving,
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs,
Running a red light.
Making a Claim *
The number one priority you should take directly after a taxi accident * should be for your own health and safety along with the taxi driver and any passengers if any. If the emergency services have yet to be called, it is recommended to ring An Garda Síochána no matter how minor the accident is. It is important that, if you have suffered a personal injury * that you book an appointment with your doctor as soon as you can after the taxi accident, regardless of how minor you think the injuries are, in some cases these minor injuries can develop rapidly into more serious threats to your health. If any additional examinations or medical advice are required make sure to keep all receipts for any out of pocket expenses you might incur. It is imperative that you collect all information in connection with your accident. This information includes:
Details of the taxi journey,
Details of any other driver/people involved: name, address, contact information, vehicle registration number and vehicle insurance information. You can also offer your own information to the others involved in the accident if confident to do so,
Name and contact details of any emergency service workers at the scene, paramedic/Garda/Fire brigade,
Take a picture of the scene, this will help your solicitor understand how the accident happened,
Time and Date of the accident,
Weather conditions at the time.
If you are to proceed with a claim * you may be entitled to claim compensation for the injury and added expenses you may have incurred, these claims are called damages:
General Damages: Non-financial damages such as pain and suffering and/or physical and emotional injuries following the injury.
Special Damages: Out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of the head injury * for example, loss of earnings (if you were out of work), medical bills, and added travel costs as a result of the injury, for example, travel to and from the hospital.
As well as the individual injury compensation, the following may be taken into account when assessing how much of a settlement you may receive:
Impact the injury has on your quality of life
Earnings you have lost, if you are absent from work
Future earnings lost as a result of the injury
Medical cost for treatment of the injury
Future medical costs, if long-term treatment is needed
Out of pocket expenses, like travel costs
With 30 years’ experience as specialist personal injury solicitors *, Tracey Solicitors, ensure not to overwhelm you with legal jargon and can provide you with legal advice and guidance with your best interest at heart, in a language that you can understand.
We give legal advices in Russian. If you need legal help contact Emilia 087 165 1564
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*In contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement