Whether you’re going out for drinks or you need a ride to the airport, taxis and ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are a convenient way to get around when you don’t want to drive yourself. Still, when you get into a cab, you put another driver in charge of your safety. And just like any time you travel by car, accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. With this in mind, our Bucks County taxi cab injury lawyer is here to tell you exactly what to do if your cab is involved in a collision:
- Your most pressing concern after a taxi cab accident should be your own well-being. Once the shock of the incident subsides, check that you don’t have any injuries that require immediate medical attention. And even if your body seems unaffected by the crash, we still advise taking a trip to the hospital just to make sure. You should also keep in mind that injuries from a car accident may not pop up until days or even weeks after the event.
- No matter how minimal the damage from the accident may seem, ask the driver to pull over if he/she has not already done so. You’ll want to stick around for two reasons. First and foremost, fleeing the scene after an accident is illegal. Secondly, taking the time to exchange information with the other parties involved and any witnesses is necessary in case you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit.
- To help you structure your injury case should you choose to file one, you should collect the following information from the other driver(s): name, phone number, address, date of birth, driver’s license number and expiration date, insurance carrier and vehicle information such as make, model and VIN number. It’s also a wise idea to get all of this information from your taxi cab driver just in case it’s not available publicly.
- Your next step is to take photos of the accident scene just as you would if you got into a crash yourself. To help you remember the details of the incident, you may want to jot down notes about how fast the cars were going, whether your driver seemed distracted, etc.
- If the police arrive on the scene, listen to the statements that your cab driver and other involved drivers provide and make a note of anything you disagree with. Then, ask an officer where you can get a copy of the accident report.
Hopefully you’ll never have to deal with the stress of being involved in a taxi cab accident, but these tips will help you manage the situation if you ever do.
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In the event that you suffer minor or severe injuries as the result of a taxi cab accident, the Heslin Law Firm will be on your side. As the taxi cab injury lawyer Bucks County has relied on for more than three decades, we’ll help you get the full amount you are owed for your injuries. In other words, we won’t let an insurance company cheat you out of the compensation you deserve.
So if you’re thinking of filing a personal injury claim, contact our taxi cab injury attorney in Bucks County today by calling (215) 332-0300. And if you’d like to learn about four free apps that will help you drive more safely, check out last week’s post. We look forward to providing you with expert legal advice and assistance.