The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the state of Connecticut has over 3,800 taxi drivers. Most cabs provide a relaxing, enjoyable and safe way to travel . But if you are injured in a taxi accident, you may find yourself overwhelmed with questions about how to seek appropriate medical care and receive compensation for your injuries. For those seeking the advice of a taxi accident attorney, Bridgeport offers an experienced advocate who can guide you through every step of the legal process.
A Well-Established Record for Safety
Everyone has heard the advice that if you have had a few drinks, or even if you’re just emotionally distraught, calling a cab is the safest way to get home. Statistics show that this advice remains sound. A major New York Times study found that taxi drivers are over 30% less likely to be involved in a vehicle crash than other drivers. But not even the best drivers can avoid every possible accident. In spite of the excellent safety record of most cab companies, taxi accidents are a fact of life in major cities across the U.S.
Issues That Arise in a Taxi Accident
In an ordinary traffic accident, all the people involved are on more or less equal footing. Each driver, at least each law-abiding driver, has insurance, and every passenger involved has a relationship with the driver of a vehicle. The situation is very different in an accident involving a taxi. A taxi driver is insured through the cab company, which is represented by a sizable team of lawyers. Other drivers involved in the accident may feel intimidated by the situation, and injured passengers in the cab may feel utterly alone.
You Have Rights
Nevertheless, if you are injured in a taxi accident, you have the same rights as you would have in any other vehicle accident. You have the right to speak to the police at the accident scene and tell your side of the story if you know you were not at fault, or to not make any statement until you receive advice from an attorney. Most importantly, since Connecticut is a comparative fault state, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries from the driver responsible for the accident, even if a major cab company represents that driver.
The compensation you are entitled to receive includes:
- Compensation for lost wages due to reduced ability or inability to work
- Payment of your medical bills (those already incurred and those to come in the future)
- Reimbursement for the cost of hiring household help if you are unable to do chores
- Reimbursement for mileage costs associated with medical treatment
- Compensation for mental and emotional anguish often called pain and suffering
Seek Help Promptly to Preserve Your Rights
Connecticut has a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims, including most vehicle accident cases. It is, therefore, a good idea to seek the advice of a qualified lawyer as soon after the accident as you are able to do so. Jim Miron is an experienced, supportive advocate who understands the unique challenges of a case involving a cab. When they need a taxi accident attorney, Bridgeport area residents can turn to Jim for sound, helpful advice. Call today, (203) 339-5991, to set up your free consultation and begin the recovery process.