Tampa Taxi Accident Lawyer
Any car accident will leave victims feeling confused and helpless. When an accident involves a taxi in Tampa, it only compounds these feelings. Whether you were another motorist on the road that a taxi crashed into, or you were a pedestrian or cyclist hit by a taxi, the aftermath of the accident is going to be very difficult. A Tampa taxi accident lawyer can advise on the next steps to take, and can help you determine who is liable for paying damages.
Our Tampa Taxi Accident Attorney Knows Regulations Taxis Must Follow
Most drivers on the road in Florida are expected to carry no-fault auto insurance, which allows them to file a claim with their own insurance company after a crash. Taxis, though, are exempt from this law, which can make it more difficult for accident victims to obtain the quick compensation they deserve. Other regulations that govern taxi companies are as follows:
- All taxis are required to register with the state
- All taxis must be covered by bodily injury liability coverage, and
- All taxi companies are required to carry proper insurance
With the emergence of ridesharing programs, such as Lyft and Uber, many taxi companies have changed their operations. Now, many of these companies classify their drivers as independent contractors. The taxi driver rents the cab, but they must carry their own insurance and they operate as a separate entity from the taxi company. This approach can make the time after an accident even more difficult for victims, as the insurance the driver carries may not be enough to fully cover the cost of injuries.
Our Tampa Taxi Accident Attorney Can Determine Who was Liable for the Crash
Determining liability is always difficult after any crash involving a taxi. If the taxi driver acted negligently by speeding excessively, driving while impaired, or otherwise acting negligently, they can be held liable. However, the taxi company may also be partly liable for your injuries.
Taxi companies are responsible for following proper hiring practices, such as ensuring they are only hiring experienced and competent drivers. Taxi companies may also not train their drivers properly, which could also result in an accident. Or, the taxi company may not properly maintain their vehicles. All of these are just a few acts of negligence on the part of the taxi company. If the company is partly liable for an accident, they will also have to pay a portion of the damages, which can help ensure there is enough to fully cover the cost of your injuries.
Our Tampa Taxi Accident Attorney Can Advise on Your Case
If you have been hurt in an accident caused by a taxi driver or company, do not file a claim on your own. At The Matassini Law Firm, P.A., our Tampa taxi accident attorney can determine who was liable for your crash, and will hold them responsible for claiming the maximum damages you deserve. Call us today at 813-217-5715 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation.