With thousands of Calgarians using cabs to get around the city every day, taxis like Checker or Calgary Cabs are a regular feature of Calgary’s roads. Taxi drivers have the same responsibilities as other drivers when it comes to obeying the rules of the road and being alert to other drivers, possible hazards, and pedestrians. While taxis provide a smart and mostly safe way to get around, accidents do happen. If you were injured in an accident involving a taxicab, you are likely feeling frustrated and overwhelmed. And you probably have a lot of questions. What if my taxi driver is at fault? Will I get compensation for my injuries? Do I need to hire a lawyer? At Litwiniuk & Company, it won’t cost you a thing to get free legal advice from our experienced Calgary Taxi Accident Lawyers. And if you do choose us, you won’t have to pay us a cent until you receive your settlement. We understand the complex laws surrounding these types of accidents and we’ll handle the insurance companies, ensuring you get fair compensation for your injuries. In this article, we hope to provide some useful information that will help answer some of the questions you might have.
Injured in a Taxi accident? Here’s what you need to know.
The first and most important thing is your health – it’s important to get medical treatment right away and follow the advice of your doctor and any other medical specialists that are part of your recovery. Not only will these treatment providers get you back on the road to better health, they also write reports and take notes on your injuries which may be important in getting you the compensation you deserve. Even if you feel fine after an accident, it’s important to get assessed by a medical professional right away. It may take hours, days, or weeks to realize the full extent of your injuries. The longer you wait to see your doctor, the more difficult it can be to prove that your injuries are a direct result of the accident. Your family doctor will be able to provide a complete report. Don’t have a family doctor? Find one here.
Collecting information and gathering evidence – if you are able, be sure to get contact information from all drivers involved (including your taxi driver), take as many photographs as you can, talk to eyewitnesses, and file a police report. If you aren’t able to get this information at the time of the accident, that’s okay too. It is common for accident victims to be injured or in a state of shock at the scene and unable to gather evidence. The good news is that our experienced Personal Injury lawyers are experts at gathering information after the fact, and you can still make an injury claim. The sooner you talk to an experienced Taxi Accident Lawyer, the better. From a practical standpoint, it is a lot easier to gather evidence and locate witnesses in the days and weeks following an accident while memories are still clear.
The insurance company of the at-fault driver may contact you in the hopes of settling the claim quickly and for the lowest amount possible. You are under no obligation to speak to their insurance adjusters right away. Prior to talking with anyone from the at-fault person’s insurance company, contact a Personal Injury lawyer to find out exactly what you are entitled to receive for compensation. Do your research and make sure you choose a lawyer who understands how taxi accident claims really work. At Litwiniuk & Company, it won’t cost you a thing to speak with a lawyer. If you choose to pursue a claim, our fees are a percentage of your compensation and we’ll cover all the costs of collecting evidence until your case is resolved, meaning we don’t get paid unless and until you get paid. If we don’t recover money for you, you won’t owe us anything. Even if you don’t make a claim, by speaking with a Calgary Taxi Accident lawyer you may discover that you are legally entitled to accident benefits and compensation for lost wages, medical bills, physical therapy, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, or disability.
Whose fault is it anyway?
Victims of taxicab accidents are often left wondering about their rights and whether they will receive fair compensation for their injuries. In most cases, accidents that happen on the road are the direct result of someone’s negligence. These types of accidents can open a Pandora’s Box of possible scenarios. For example, if your taxi driver was clearly responsible for the accident, they will automatically be liable. Plain and simple. The same goes for the other driver if they were clearly at fault. But what happens if your cab driver was partially responsible for the accident? Let’s say your taxi driver was speeding and the other driver T-boned the cab after blowing a stop sign. In this case, you would be able to file a claim against both drivers. As a passenger, you can typically file a third-party Personal Injury claim against one or both drivers involved and let them sort out liability.
In Alberta, taxi accidents fall under the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Act (MVAC), so in the unlikely event that your taxi driver’s vehicle was uninsured, or your taxi was involved with a hit and run or hit by an uninsured driver, you still have an avenue for compensation. An experienced Calgary Taxi Accident Lawyer will ensure you get the maximum compensation for your injuries and distress. If you have questions about whether you are eligible to make a claim, or you’re unsure if your settlement offer was fair, give us a call or email to get free legal advice today.
In Alberta, you generally have up to two years from the date of a taxi accident to make a claim in court, or your right to do so is lost forever. But it’s important not to wait as there may be other important deadlines or other circumstances that may affect the deadline or your claim. If you have any questions about the limitation period for your claim, call or email us for a free consultation with one of our Calgary Taxi Accident Lawyers today.
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We hope this article provided you with some answers, reducing some of the stress you might be feeling about making an injury claim for your taxi accident. Still have questions? Get free personalized legal advice from a knowledgeable Personal Injury lawyer today. Even if you decide not to open a claim, you’ll get peace of mind knowing what your options are. At Litwiniuk & Company, it won’t cost you anything to speak to one of our Calgary Taxi Accident Lawyers. And if you do proceed with a claim, you’ll get an entire team dedicated to your case. We’ll take care of the legal work and do everything we can to take the burden off your shoulders and help you get your life back. Call or click here to speak with a lawyer today.