Car Accident Claims

Taxi Accident Claims

When using a taxi or private hire vehicle, the actions of those responsible for our safety are outside of our control.

If you’ve been injured in a taxi accident, our solicitors may be able to help you claim taxi accident compensation. Taxi accident claims can be made if you were a passenger in a taxi, and either the taxi driver or another road user was to blame.

Our lawyers and specialist road traffic accident team have over 30 years of experience helping people claim compensation for accidents caused by a variety of factors, including but not limited to:

  • Unsafe vehicles
  • Driver incompetence or negligence
  • Whiplash

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a taxi accident, contact us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about your case. You’ll be given clear, straightforward advice focused on helping you and your family access the support and rehabilitation that you need.

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Taxi Accident Claims - More Information
    • How Much Compensation Can I Expect?
    • How much compensation you can expect to receive following a road traffic accident will depend on a number of factors related to your injury, its circumstances, and the support and rehabilitation you require as a result.

      The amount of compensation you could claim is based on:

      • Current and future loss of earnings
      • Medical and travel expenses you have incurred
      • Your care and support needs – both now and in the future
      • Modifications to your home
      • Mobility aids
      • Your pain and suffering

      Find out more about guide compensation amounts following road traffic accidents or call us on 0800 056 4110, and we'll be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case, we'll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household and car insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you're best supported by a No Win No Fee* agreement, we'll explain the process clearly. There’s no financial risk to you as you'll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful, at which point your opponent will pay most of our fees, with any remaining costs coming from your compensation settlement.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You normally have three years from the date of an accident to begin a compensation claim – or three years from the date of turning 18 if the incident happened when you were a child.

      However, there is no time limit for people who don't have the mental capacity to make legal decisions, which often applies to those who have suffered serious brain injuries.

      In fatal cases, the family of the deceased has three years to make a claim, starting from either the date your loved one died, or the date you received the post-mortem results.

      If your accident happened outside of the UK, then the time limit can be shorter. In this instance, it's vital that you contact us as soon as possible.

      If you have any concerns or questions about the time limit for claiming compensation, call our team today on 0800 056 4110 for free initial advice and to talk through your options.

    • Can I Get Early Compensation Payments?
    • Early compensation payments, also known as interim payments, are made in advance of any final settlement. They’re only made in an agreement with your opponent, if they admit that they're responsible for your injuries.

      Interim payments can be used to replace lost earnings, so you can afford to pay essential bills if your injury has meant you’ve been absent from work, as well as covering the cost of specialist medical care or mobility equipment.

      We'll work hard to get an early admission of fault, and also to obtain early compensation payments to relieve any immediate pressures you’re feeling.

I would certainly recommend Irwin Mitchell to friends and family. The support I’ve received has been fantastic.”

Stewart, client
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Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Claim Compensation After A Taxi Accident, And Who Is The Claim Against?

If you or a loved one has been in an accident while in a taxi or a minibus, you could make a claim for compensation.

You could be able to claim if either the taxi driver or the driver of another vehicle was to blame. However, these are not the only circumstances in which you could claim.

When you claim following a taxi accident, who you claim against will depend on the circumstances of your accident. It could be:

  • The taxi driver, if they have driven recklessly or negligently
  • The taxi company, in certain circumstances
  • Another driver, if they have caused your accident
  • A local authority, if poor road maintenance has led to your accident
  • A car manufacturer, if a fault in the car itself has caused your accident

If you are unsure about whether or not you can claim, and who you would be claiming against, please call us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation.

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What If I Wasn't Wearing A Seatbelt?

By law, a taxi driver doesn't have to wear a seatbelt while driving, but passengers do need to wear one when travelling in a taxi. Despite this, you can still claim compensation if you weren't wearing a seatbelt at the time of an accident.

However, because wearing a seatbelt is a safety measure required by law, your compensation could be reduced if you suffered an injury as a result of an accident while you weren't wearing a seatbelt.

In some cases the medical expert assessing your claim may decide that you would have received the same injuries even if you had been wearing a seatbelt. If it can be argued that a seatbelt would have made no difference to your injuries, then it might not affect the compensation you receive.

If you have any questions about this, or any other aspect of your claim, please call us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation.

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What Happens When You Make A Taxi Accident Claim?

When you make a compensation claim for an accident involving a taxi or private hire vehicle, we'll let you know exactly what we're doing at each stage – and what we need from you. Below is how a typical claim works:

Stage One: Information Gathering

With so many groups involved – the driver, the taxi company and other road users – establishing who’s responsible may be more complicated than in other car accident claims. We have helped many clients to claim compensation following taxi accidents, so we have the expertise needed to work out who was to blame.

We'll investigate every aspect of your crash to establish who is responsible for your injuries. This could involve our specialist road traffic accident investigation team, which includes a former police accident investigator and an advanced driving instructor.

We're one of the only law firms in the UK with a specialist team carrying out these investigations, so by working with us you can be sure that we'll leave no stone unturned in our efforts to help you get the compensation you need.

The investigation could involve interviewing witnesses or staff at the taxi or private hire firm, carrying out site inspections, or reconstructing the accident.

You'll also undergo an examination with a medical expert to assess the full extent of your injuries, as well as identifying any medical care you might need.

Stage Two: Rehabilitation

If your accident has left you in need of ongoing medical treatment, we’ll identify what care you need, both now and in the future.

Rehabilitation support is one of the most essential aspects of our service. We believe access to medical treatment, therapy or equipment to be equally as important as financial compensation.

Depending on the severity of your injury and the length of the claims process, it may be possible to secure early compensation payments to assist with your rehabilitation costs.

Where needed, our client liaison managers will work with you to understand what support you need, and how best to help you access it, from the beginning of the claim process.

Learn more about how we can help you gain access to rehabilitation support.

Stage Three: Compensation

We’ll work out how much compensation you’ll need for your injuries, financial losses, and for any medical care you require now and in the future. The compensation amount will either be agreed with your opponent as a settlement, or determined through court proceedings.

The majority of cases settle out of court, so pursuing court proceedings is rare. However, if you do have to go to court, our team will be there to support you.

Stage Four: Conclusion

Your claim is concluded, and you’re awarded compensation if you’re successful. If you are making your claim under a No Win No Fee* arrangement, then you won't need to pay anything if you lose the case, while the opponent will pay most of our fees if you win.

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Awards & Recognition

We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

"They are forensic and analytical as well as campaigning and careful. All of the lawyers work tirelessly for the smaller cases as well as the bigger cases."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven previous occasions.
"One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."

What Our Clients Say

We truly value and appreciate the feedback we receive from our clients, as we look to improve the services we offer on an ongoing basis.

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Proudly supporting vital charity work.

We're registered as approved solicitors with a number of leading national charities, including:

  • Brake – the Road Safety Charity
  • RoadPeace – the Road Crash Victims Charity
  • Headway – the Brain Injury Association
  • The Brain and Spine Foundation
  • The Spinal Injury Association
  • The Child Brain Injury Trust
  • The UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum

We consider rehabilitation to be as important as financial compensation - a commitment that has seen us win Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven occasions.


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