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Taxi Cab Accidents

Taxi CabTaxi accident lawyers at Ellis Law handle claims arising from livery cabs, airport shuttles, yellow cabs, limousines and party buses. Our firm has successfully represented dozens of injured taxi accident victims in legal actions throughout Southern California, and during a complimentary consultation our attorneys can quickly determine who is at fault and the approximate value of your case.

Los Angeles taxi accident lawyers

Accidents involving taxis or other forms of public transportation often leave victims with disabling injuries, and when such a tragedy occurs, knowing who to ask for legal help is of tremendous importance. If your life has been turned upside down following a taxi cab collision, you need the services of a Los Angeles car accident lawyer to get fairly compensated for your damages.

Injured passengers or motorists should never operate under the assumption that the person at fault and their insurance company will comply by doing the right thing. Insurance companies are more interested in their own bottom line than they are with the rights of injured victims.

Whether you were a passenger in a cab or shuttle that was struck by another vehicle, or your own car was in a collision with a taxi, we at Ellis Law are here protect your rights and pursue the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.

Pursuing damages in a taxi accident lawsuit is no different than any other personal injury claim arising from a car crash. However, by choosing a law firm with more than twenty years experience attaining multi-million dollar settlements and judgments on behalf of their clients, you know you’re enlisting the assistance of capable professionals – a team dedicated to helping the injured on their road to physical and financial recovery.

If you retain an Ellis Law taxi accident attorney in Los Angeles, you can be assured you will secure far more compensation than by dealing with the insurance company on your own.

What to do after a taxi accident in Los Angeles

The immediate aftermath of any motor vehicle accident is fraught with anxiety, stress and confusion. A hundred questions may be racing through your mind during this nerve-racking time, but there are a few crucial steps you can take to ensure your legal rights are protected.

What to do if you are involved in a taxi cab accident:

  • Get the drivers license numbers and proof of insurance of all drivers involved in the collision.
  • Write down the limo, shuttle or taxi cab driver’s name, the taxi registration number and the contact information of their employer.
  • Take detailed photos of the accident scene and property damages with your camera or phone.
  • Ask for the contact information of any witnesses at the accident. Their testimony may prove invaluable for establishing who was at fault.
  • Call the police and be sure to request a copy of the officer’s accident report.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible; inform the doctor you’ve been in a vehicle accident as it may prompt tests for internal injuries.
  • Set up a consultation with a car accident lawyer who can review your case, explain your rights and determine liability.

While the accident may seem like an obvious case of negligence, without competent legal representation from attorneys at Ellis Law, you may find it difficult to prove who was to blame. And since talking with an insurance company could negatively affect your case, it’s imperative to speak to a lawyer before you offer an official statement, sign papers, or accept a settlement offer.

Taxi cab liability under California law

Cab drivers in LA County are infamous for speeding, making illegal lane changes, failing to yield and running red lights. Time equals money in the city’s congested streets and freeways and sadly, reckless or negligent behavior causes needless accidents every day. Known as common carriers by California law, taxis are legally obligated to carry black boxes that trace speed, velocity and time – critical data which can be used to pinpoint how and when an accident occurred.

Taxis, limos, shuttles and other common carriers must be maintained in proper condition, so as not to place occupants in harm’s way. Drivers may be held liable for an accident that was caused by their own inattentiveness, negligence, a failure to yield the right of way, excessive speed during inclement weather, or intoxication from alcohol or substance abuse. Distracted driving caused by cell phone use/texting is another source of liability, as such activity has been banned in California.

Financial compensation available to victims

If you were involved in a taxi accident in the greater Los Angeles area – as a pedestrian, passenger, bicyclist or occupant in a separate vehicle – you don’t have to suffer alone. Whether you sustained whiplash, lacerations, spinal cord trauma or other head and neck injuries, you need to focus on your recovery, not battling with insurance companies or worrying about litigation.

By reviewing police reports, investigating eyewitness accounts and reconstructing the moments leading up to the accident, our attorneys will build the strongest case possible, and will fight to recover equitable compensation on your behalf.

If the taxi driver or common carrier was at fault, we can pursue monetary damages for:

  • Past, present and future medical expenses
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Permanent disability

Legal advice from Los Angeles car accident attorneys

Don’t settle for less than you deserve. If you have suffered injuries stemming from the negligence of a taxi driver in California, Ellis Law attorneys are well-equipped to handle your case with personal attention and skill, promising steadfast advocacy during your time of need. Our firm is proud to represent LA residents on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay if we settle or win your claim.

To schedule your free case evaluation with one of our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers, please call 1.800.INJURED.

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  2. Taxi Library.org, Regulation of Taxicabs, http://www.taxi-library.org/regulation.htm
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