Taxi cabs are a great way to get around, especially if you don't have a car or you don't want to fight traffic. I was recently in New York City and I had to take cabs to get around. I was scared to death because I wasn't sure where I was. I was putting my life in their hands. Having said that, I still believe it can be an easy and convenient way to get around a city.
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What causes taxi accidents?
While Louisville is not New York City, we still have taxis around town. Since taxis drive around so much, they are likely to get into an accident from time-to-time. Now, the majority of taxi drivers are experienced, skilled drivers, but accidents still happen. Causes of taxi accidents include:
- Driver distraction
- Greater financial pressure causing longer work hours to earn more money
- Drivers failing to follow the rules of the road
- Ignoring stop signs
- Unsafe passing
Victims in a taxi accident
Just like other vehicle accidents, victims of taxi accidents can suffer from either non-life threatening injuries or life threatening injuries. Unfortunately, some of these injuries will result in expensive medical bills. They could also include loss of income because the victim can't work with their injury. However, no matter what type of injury the victim receives, they should go see a doctor right away.
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What to do if you're involved in a taxi accident
If you are a passenger, a taxi accident is never your fault. You have the right to recover for your injuries. You need to know some important things in order to help preserve and collect the evidence of the accident so you can pursue your claim. Here is some important information that you should know after being involved in a taxi accident:
- Get the name and contact details of the taxi driver who was in the accident
- Get the name and contact details of the other party/driver involved in the collision
- Get the name and contact details of the witnesses
- If possible, prior to leaving the scene, take pictures of the accident, as well as pictures of your injuries and any parties in the accident
It is important to know that if you have a claim against a cab company in Louisville, Kentucky there is a good chance that the case will be litigated. This is company policy. Many cab drivers are required to call their company before they call the police. The cab company’s investigators are on the accident scene collecting evidence within minutes. They will use this evidence to defeat your injury claim. It is important to get an experienced Kentucky personal injury attorney to help you with your taxi accident case.