Fort Lauderdale Taxi Accident Lawyers
Skilled Personal Injury Lawyers Driven to Get Results for Taxi Accident Victims in South Florida
Taxis are a common sight in the Fort Lauderdale area—tourists and seasonal visitors often rely upon taxis as their primary mode of transportation around a relatively unfamiliar city or as transportation to and from the busy Fort Lauderdale airport. Unfortunately, taxi accidents occur on a relatively regular basis despite the fact that taxi drivers are professional drivers and should know to exercise a much higher degree of caution when carrying passengers. As with any other type of motor vehicle accident, taxi accidents can result in extensive injuries that require expensive treatment protocols.
Our skilled taxi accident lawyers at Lawlor, White & Murphey, P.C. understand the complications that often arise in pursuing a claim for compensation after suffering injuries in a taxi accident. Taxi drivers, taxi companies and insurance companies may all be involved in these cases, and frequently take all steps possible to disclaim their own liability following the accident. This makes the assistance of a strong and knowledgeable local lawyer particularly valuable in recovering fair compensation for your injuries after a taxi accident.
Florida Requires Taxi Drivers to Carry Specific Levels of Insurance Coverage
Florida requires every driver on the roadway to carry a certain level of insurance coverage under its no-fault insurance law, but taxi drivers, as commercial carriers, are subject to heightened requirements so that they must purchase much higher levels of insurance coverage. Under Florida law, taxi drivers must first register with the state and also carry insurance providing for a minimum of:
- $125,000 for bodily injury claims per person involved in an accident,
- $250,000 total in bodily injury coverage per accident, and
- $50,000 in property damage liability (PDL) coverage.
While these limits are much more generous than the typically available personal injury protection coverage carried by private drivers, actually obtaining the funds from the available insurance policy can be complicated by taxi companies and their insurance companies that are dedicated to minimizing their responsibility for payment. Further, taxi accident cases can be complicated when the taxi driver is not actually employed by the taxi company, but instead leases the vehicle and is treated as an independent contractor under applicable law.
Common Causes of South Florida Taxi Accidents
You can be injured in a taxi accident while riding as a passenger in the taxi, but injuries also commonly occur when the taxi actually hits your own vehicle while you are driving. Taxi accidents can also occur when a taxi hits a pedestrian or bicyclist. Unfortunately, taxi accidents are often caused by the taxi driver, who may spend excessive amounts of time on the roadways in order to earn a living. Common causes include:
- Driver fatigue,
- Driver distraction, often when the driver is using his or her phone while driving,
- Aggressive driving and speeding,
- Driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol,
- Driving in inclement weather,
- Disobeying traffic regulations,
- Vehicle malfunction, often because the taxi company does not maintain the vehicle in a safe condition to save on costs.
Taxi Accident Lawyers Lawlor, White & Murphey Committed to Formulating Strong Cases for Compensation
Taxi drivers have a duty to provide reasonably safe transportation for their clients and exercise the caution necessary to prevent accidents and injuries from occurring. Unfortunately, taxi drivers often breach these duties in an effort to maximize the number of passengers they are able to transport each day—thereby maximizing their own personal profits at the expense of both passengers and others on the roads.
At Lawlor, White & Murphey, P.C., we handle every aspect of your claim for compensation against the taxi driver and taxi company, including:
- Conducting a full investigation into your accident to uncover all available evidence to support your claim,
- Evaluating the taxi driver’s past safety record,
- Subpoenaing the taxi driver’s phone records to determine whether he or she was distracted by a phone at the time of the accident,
- Locating video surveillance and eyewitnesses to the accident,
- Preparing all necessary formal documentation in your case,
- Negotiating aggressively on your behalf with the insurance companies and defense lawyers,
- Preparing your case for a full trial if we are unable to reach a full and fair settlement outside the courtroom.
Schedule a Free Initial Case Evaluation Today
If you have been injured in a taxi accident in South Florida, whether as a passenger or otherwise, our taxi accident lawyers are here to help you recover the maximum amount of compensation possible for your injuries. To schedule a free initial case evaluation, you can call our offices or fill out this online contact form and we will get back to you promptly.
Frequently Asked Questions About Taxi Accident Claims in South Florida
FAQ: How do I file a claim for compensation if I was injured in a taxi accident?
The process for filing a claim will depend upon the circumstances at hand. For example, if you were driving your own vehicle and were involved in an accident caused by a taxi driver, you must prove that the taxi driver’s negligence was the cause of the accident in order to file a claim for compensation against the taxi company’s insurance policy (in other words, you must show that the taxi driver, and not you, was at-fault). If you were a passenger in the taxi at the time of the accident, you can file a claim with the taxi company’s insurance company and the other driver’s insurance company, depending upon which party caused the accident.
FAQ: Isn’t Florida a no-fault insurance state? How can I pursue a claim against the taxi driver under Florida’s no-fault rule?
While Florida is a no-fault state, meaning that drivers usually must look to their own insurance coverage for compensation, taxi drivers are exempt from the no-fault rule. This is because they are subject to a higher duty to drive safely, as common carriers responsible for the safety of paying passengers in their vehicles.