In most cases, a taxi or limo ride is uneventful, but in rare cases, an accident occurs that leaves its victims with serious personal injuries. If you’ve been injured while riding in a taxi or limo in Arizona, or if a taxi or limo driver injured you while you were on the road, it is important to understand your legal rights and options.
There are various actions and events that can lead to a serious taxi or limo accident in Arizona, some of which can be attributed to the negligent conduct of another party. For example:
Liability in an Arizona taxi or limo accident is, unfortunately, rarely clear-cut. You will need to establish a claim for negligence, which requires you to prove that the driver or the company breached their duty of reasonable care to you, such as by driving unsafely or keeping the vehicle in a dangerous condition.
You will also need to prove that your injuries were a direct result of the driver’s breach of duty. While many taxi and limo drivers and companies in Arizona are conscientious about their duty to be safe on the road, some aren’t: some companies don’t maintain their fleet properly, causing the cars to be in poor condition. And, some taxi and limo drivers don’t adhere to their duty of safety, such as by speeding, cutting corners, or driving long hours, causing a danger to safety on the road.
There may be various types of claims involved, and it is possible to have various parties involved in an accident. For example, if the accident resulted from the taxi or limo driver’s conduct, such as speeding or driving distracted, you may be able to bring a claim against the driver. Additionally, you may be able to bring a claim against the taxi or limo company under vicarious liability, which would make the company liable for the negligent actions of its employee, as long as they were working at the time of the accident.
In some cases, you may be able to establish direct liability against the company as well, such as in cases where they failed to properly train or supervise their driver. It may even be possible to have a claim against a third party, such as the car manufacturer if there was a major safety defect in the vehicle.
Since multiple parties may be involved, and because Arizona negligence law can be complex, it is in your best interests to consult with a knowledgeable motor vehicle lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Insurance companies will likely be involved, and you will need to negotiate with them toward a fair and reasonable settlement.
Trying to handle those negotiations on your own can prove to be disastrous, as the goal of insurance companies is to minimize payout as much as they can. An experienced and knowledgeable Arizona personal injury lawyer can not only negotiate on your behalf but also put together a case for trial if a settlement does not result.
After a taxi or limo accident, your personal injuries may have left you with considerable financial losses. A successful claim may be able to compensate you for the damages you have suffered, including:
Our managing attorney, John Torgenson, has devoted 100% of his career to fighting against insurance companies. He believes those who are injured should be fully and fairly compensated, and he fights for clients who have been injured in serious accidents, including those that involve a taxi or limo crash. We understand the significant impact of a serious injury on a person and their family, and we want to help you get back on your feet.
A motor vehicle accident can leave you with significant injuries and losses, and Torgenson Law can help ensure you receive the medical care you need. Let us focus on your claim so that you can focus on getting better. Schedule a free initial consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys today and see how we can give you the support you deserve. Give us a call today at 602-726-0747 for a free case evaluation.