How To Make A Taxi Injury Claim

If you are looking to make a taxi injury claim, this guide may be able to assist you. Road users owe one another a duty of care and should act in a way that prevents injury. If it is breached and you are injured as a result, you could be entitled to compensation. 

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Taxi injury claim guide

This guide will look at the eligibility criteria to claim as well as provide specific examples of how a road traffic accident could happen. We will also explore the process of seeking compensation for your injuries. For example, we will look at gathering evidence, No Win No Fee agreements, and the benefits of working with a solicitor. 

Lastly, the ways in which compensation is valued will be examined. We will also take a look at the two “heads” that could make up a settlement.

If you have any questions or would like a personalised estimate of how much compensation you could be owed, please get in touch with an advisor from our team. They are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to offer your free legal advice. To get in contact:

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When Are You Eligible To Make A Taxi Injury Claim? 

As previously mentioned, road users owe one another a duty of care. This is established in the Road Traffic Act 1988. In addition, The Highway Code includes guidelines and rules that must be adhered to, some of which are supported by law.  

When you travel in a taxi, you’re owed a duty of care by other road users as well as the driver of the taxi you’re in. You could be entitled to claim even if your taxi driver was at fault for the accident.

You cannot make a personal injury claim just because you were involved in a taxi accident; you must have sustained injuries as a direct result. You could claim for physical and/or psychological injuries. If a pre-existing condition has been exacerbated by the accident, then this could be considered, too.

If you would like to see whether you can make a taxi injury claim, please get in touch with an advisor from our team. If your claim seems valid, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel. 

How To Make A Taxi Injury Claim

When looking to make a taxi injury claim, it would be useful to acquire as much evidence as possible. This can help to prove that you were injured due to a third party’s negligence, as well as demonstrate the extent of your injuries. 

Here are some examples of the type of evidence you could gather in support of your claim: 

  • CCTV or dashcam footage of the incident 
  • Medical records after receiving treatment 
  • A diary of your symptoms and treatments
  • Pictures of your injuries and/or of the scene of the accident 
  • Witnesses’ contact  details for statements to be taken at a later date 

If you need any help gathering evidence, our advisors can offer you free advice. Additionally, they could provide you with a solicitor from our panel who could help with the process of building a claim. 

How Could You Suffer A Taxi Injury?

There are a number of ways a road traffic accident could occur. Here are some examples of how negligence on the road could form the basis of a taxi injury claim: 

  • Another road user does not check their mirrors before changing lanes. As a result, they collide with your taxi, which leads to you sustaining an arm injury in the resulting crash. 
  • The driver of your taxi is not concentrating, which causes him to hit a pedestrian who is crossing the road. Subsequently, you endure whiplash injuries and a hand fracture. 
  • The driver of your taxi ignores a red light and continues to cross a junction. Due to this, they collide with someone crossing the junction on their bike. As a result, you injure your hand and the other party sustains a serious cycling injury to the spine. 

Please contact our advisors for more details on the circumstances that could entitle you to claim. If your case is valid, you could be passed over to a legal representative from our panel. 

Potential Compensation From A Road Traffic Accident Claim

The compensation for a successful taxi injury claim may comprise of two heads of claim. You could be awarded general damages compensation for any physical and/or mental pain and suffering that is caused by your injuries. 

We have drafted a table of compensation brackets that have been taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), a publication that legal professionals utilise to assist them when they value claims. 

That said, these compensation amounts should only be used as a guideline. Due to every personal injury claim being unique, this won’t reflect the amount you actually receive. Furthermore, we have included two whiplash injury tariffs at the bottom of this guide; please read on, as we explain these in more detail below. 

Compensation Amounts & Special Damages 

Injury Severity Notes Compensation amount
ArmLoss- Both Arms The loss of both arms that leaves the person considerably helpless. £240,790 to £300,000
ArmSubstantial Serious fractures to both forearms that causes continuing residual disability of a functional or cosmetic nature. £39,170 to £59,860
LegAmputation (i)- Both LegsThe amputation of both legs above knee level or one below the knee and the other above to a high degree. £240,790 to £282,010
LegVery serious (ii) An injury that results in continuing problems with mobility and the need for crutches or other mobility assistance for life. £54,830 to £87,890
Head Moderate (ii) An injury that causes moderate to modest intellectual harm with the ability to work being removed or considerably lowered. £90,720 to £150,110
BackSevere (ii) A back injury that has special features that take them outside any lower brackets, like nerve root injury or impairment to the bladder and bowel function. £74,160 to £88,430
Foot SevereInjuries that leads to significant impairment on mobility and major continuing pain, such as breaks to both feet or heels. £41,970 to £70,030
Wrist Loss of function The complete loss of functionality in both wrists, for instance when arthrodesis has been carried out. £47,620 to £59,860
One or more whiplash injuriesLasting between 18-24 months. With one or more psychological injuries
One or more whiplash injuriesLasting between 15-18 monthsWith one or more psychological injuries

Special damages could also be included as part of your compensation if you encounter any financial losses or expenses as a result of your injuries. 

This could include:

  • Loss of earnings 
  • Care costs 
  • Medical expenses 
  • Travel costs 
  • Home renovations 

You should consider gathering evidence to demonstrate the losses that you have incurred. This could include invoices, bills and payslips, for instance.

Claiming For Whiplash Injuries After A Taxi Accident

The way that claims for whiplash and other low-value soft tissue injuries has changed in recent years. Now, if you are a passenger or driver above 18 and are claiming for injuries that are valued at less than £5,000 in value, you must do so in a different way. 

This is in accordance with the Whiplash Reform Programme. This also states that these injuries will be valued using the tariff set out in The Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021. However, any other injuries will be valued in the traditional way. Furthermore, even if your claim is not made through the portal, your injuries may be valued using the tariff. 

For more details in terms of the Whiplash Reform Programme or how your claim may be affected, please get in touch with an advisor from our team. 

Use Our Solicitors To Make A No Win No Fee Road Accident Claim 

A lot of claimants find it beneficial to seek legal representation for their compensation claim, because of the advantages that the knowledge and experience of a lawyer offers. The solicitors from our panel could offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) which is a type of No Win No Fee agreement, if they agree to take on your claim. 

If you enter this type of agreement, you will not have to pay any legal fees upfront or while your claim is ongoing. Furthermore, you only have to pay for the services your solicitor provides in the event of a successful claim.

You will owe your solicitor a success fee if they help you achieve a successful claim. This is a percentage that will be deducted from your payout but is capped by law, which guarantees you receive the majority of your settlement. 

If you would like to find out whether you could be represented on a No Win No Fee basis, please get in touch with our team of advisors. If you do, they may set you up with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.  

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Thank you for reading this guide on how to make a taxi injury claim. If you still have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team of advisors, who can help you. 

Writer Beck Pint

Publisher Fern Spall