Were you or a loved one hurt in an accident involving a taxicab in Miami, FL? You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A Miami taxi accident lawyer at Shaked Law Firm can fight to hold the driver, taxi company, and other at-fault parties accountable for your losses.
Since 2007, we’ve committed our legal practice to fight for injured clients across South Florida. We’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars to help those clients get back on their feet.
How Shaked Law Firm Can Help After a Taxi Accident in Miami
Uber and Lyft are a common sight in modern-day Miami. Still, taxis offer a convenient service–and many people prefer them to rideshare companies. Taxi accidents happen all the time in South Florida.
However, taxi crashes are different from most motor vehicle accidents. Taxicab drivers don’t always own their vehicle or medallion. The insurance rules are also different. Accordingly, you may need a Miami injury lawyer to handle your taxi accident claim and get you the full compensation you deserve.
At Shaked Law Firm, we have a combined 100 years of experience. We’ve helped countless clients recover the money they need to move forward after an accident. Our team includes board-certified civil trial lawyers, a designation that only a handful of Miami personal injury attorneys receive. You can count on us to put in the hard work to maximize your financial recovery.
We can help by:
- Investigating to identify all responsible parties
- Finding the cause of your accident
- Assessing the fair value of your claim
- Defending you if the insurance company blames you for the accident
- Handling all insurance negotiations
We’re ready to get started today. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss how we can help you.
What is My Miami Taxi Accident Case Worth?
Personal injury lawyers hear this question all the time. Unfortunately, we can’t give you a solid answer without learning more about your specific case. However, there are some common factors that tend to be relevant in most claims.
Factors that could impact the value of your personal injury case include:
- The severity of your injuries
- The cost and duration of your medical treatment
- Your out-of-pocket costs and the value of your lost wages
- The pain and trauma caused by your injuries
- Whether you’re expected to make a full recovery
The amount of available liability coverage can also impact the value of your claim. Taxis are subject to different insurance requirements than private vehicles.
Taxis in the state of Florida are required to have insurance coverage in the amounts of:
- $125,000 in bodily injury liability coverage per person
- $250,000 in bodily injury liability coverage per accident
- $50,000 in property damage liability coverage
These coverage limits are higher than the personal injury protection (PIP) coverage requirements for private vehicles.
You don’t have to be a passenger in a taxi to file a claim under the taxi’s insurance. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and other drivers are all entitled to seek compensation after an accident involving a taxi.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Taxi Accident Victims?
The cost of medical care adds up quickly. When your other expenses are factored in, you can soon find yourself struggling financially. Fortunately, accident victims are entitled to recover fair compensation under Florida personal injury laws.
Damages are divided into two primary categories: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages reimburse you for all past and future costs associated with your accident and injuries. Examples include:
- ER visits and hospitalization
- Ongoing medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning potential
- Physical therapy
- Property damage
Non-economic damages cover non-financial “costs,” such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Anxiety, depression, and PTSD
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Physical disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of consortium
Do these losses seem difficult to value? Calculating the value of your non-economic damages can be one of the more complex aspects of your claim. Our lawyers can help by bringing in experts and specialists.
It’s important to recover all of the damages you deserve after a serious taxi cab accident in Miami or Fort Lauderdale. To learn more about how we can help, call for a free case review.
Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Taxi Accident in Florida?
Sustaining a serious injury can be overwhelming. The situation can become even more frustrating when the insurance company turns around and blames you for causing the accident.
Florida comparative fault laws divide financial responsibility between all parties who play a role in an accident. In some cases, that includes the accident victim. While you won’t be barred from seeking damages, your compensation can be reduced to account for your share of fault.
How can you stand up for yourself? An experienced lawyer can help. At Shaked Law Firm, we know these insurance tactics inside and out–and we’ll stand up and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Taxi Accident Injuries
Even taxi passengers who are seated in the back seat can suffer severe injuries. Sometimes, those injuries occur because many back seat passengers don’t wear a seatbelt. However, new studies show that back seat passengers can suffer even more serious injuries than front-seat passengers.
At Shaked Law Firm, our Miami taxi accident attorneys can help you recover compensation for all of your injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Sprains, strains, and other soft tissue damage
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
If you were hurt, make sure you seek medical attention quickly. Once your injuries are stable, call our lawyers in Miami to schedule a free case evaluation.
What Causes Most Taxi Accidents in Miami, Florida?
Miami-Dade County regulates taxicabs in Miami. The owner must purchase a medallion to legally operate a taxicab-for-hire. That doesn’t necessarily mean that all taxi drivers are safe drivers.
Taxi drivers are often in a hurry. After all, they’re paid by the ride. The faster they get passengers from point A to point B, the more money they earn. Because of this, taxi crashes are often caused by speeding, aggressive driving, and other traffic violations.
In other cases, taxi accidents can occur because of:
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Failure to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, bicyclists, and other drivers
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Dangerous turns and lane changes
- Drunk driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Failure to maintain the taxi in safe condition
- Vehicle defects
- Poorly maintained roads
- Unqualified taxi drivers
- Negligent hiring practices or failure to ensure drivers are properly licensed
Multiple factors might contribute to the cause of a crash. Careless pedestrians, bicyclists, and third-party drivers may also be partly to blame. Regardless of the circumstances, you may deserve compensation if you were hurt because of someone else’s actions.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Taxi Accident in Florida?
Taxis are considered common carriers in the state of Florida. A common carrier is a party that transports people or goods for compensation.
What does that mean? It means taxi drivers and cab companies are held to a heightened standard of care. Or that they’re required to be extra careful on the roads. This “common carrier” status can make it easier for you to prove that you deserve compensation after an accident.
That’s because most taxi crash cases are based on negligent driving. To prove the at-fault party was negligent, you need proof to establish:
- A legal duty of care
- A breach of duty
These four elements (duty, breach, causation and damages) are key to any successful negligence claim. It’s also important to determine who will pay your damages.
Examples of responsible parties might include the:
- Taxi company
- Cab driver
- Taxi mechanic or maintenance company
- Manufacturer of a defective taxi component
- Third-party driver
- Government agencies
The presence of multiple responsible parties can complicate your claim. For example, the taxi company may be responsible for the driver’s negligent acts under employment law theories.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Taxi Accident in Florida?
Typically, the statute of limitations is four years under Florida law. Most car accident victims have four years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit.
That doesn’t mean you should wait to speak with a lawyer. We can start building your case before your injuries have fully healed. Your lawyer will need time to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company.
Contact Miami Taxi Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Do you need help after a taxi accident? Accident claims can be complicated without legal representation. Call a Miami taxi accident lawyer at Shaked Law Firm for a free consultation today. We’ll do everything we can to help you recover the fair compensation you need and deserve.