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Jersey City Taxi Accident Attorney

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Taxi cabs are very common vehicles that are seen all throughout Jersey City. Unlike ride-sharing services like Uber, taxi companies are liable for the safety and security of their customers. The reason is that the taxi drivers are not contract workers like Uber drivers are. Taxi drivers are employees of the taxi companies they’re working for. In the eyes of New Jersey law, this could potentially make both the driver and company liable if there is a taxi accident. The liability depends on the circumstances of the accident and the specific relationship between the company and the driver.

Taxi cabs are very common vehicles that are seen all throughout Jersey City. Unlike ride-sharing services like Uber, taxi companies are liable for the safety and security of their customers. The reason is that the taxi drivers are not contract workers like Uber drivers are. Taxi drivers are employees of the taxi companies they’re working for. In the eyes of New Jersey law, this could potentially make both the driver and company liable if there is a taxi accident. The liability depends on the circumstances of the accident and the specific relationship between the company and the driver.

As a passenger inside a taxi cab, you are putting your life and safety in the hands of the driver. If they were to get into an accident while you’re a passenger in the taxi cab, then you are entitled to full compensatory damages for any physical or mental injuries that you endured. You can be sure that the taxi company has plenty of insurance coverage on their vehicles. This will make it easier to recover compensatory damages for whatever your hospital and medical bills are. On top of that, punitive damages may be awarded in civil court if there is proof that the driver was purposely negligent and aggressive in their driving.

If you have been injured in a taxi accident, you need to schedule a free consultation with one of our Jersey City taxi accident attorneys by calling 201-798-8000. We are trained and experienced in all legal matters pertaining to taxi accident injuries and victim compensation. Our Jersey City taxi accident attorneys understand the New Jersey laws surrounding liability in such accidents. We will work tirelessly to fight for your rights as an injured victim and ensure that all liable parties pay you the maximum amount of compensation allowed under the law. This will typically involve talking with insurance adjusters and handling the claims that were filed by the taxi company. 

Personal Injuries from a Taxi Accident

Taxi accidents can cause any number of personal injuries to you as a passenger. These won’t always be just physical injuries either because emotional injuries can also result from these accidents. The exact injuries that you will endure are dependent on the seriousness of the taxi accident. A good Jersey City taxi accident attorney will be able to seek compensation on your behalf for any number of damages, including:

  • Emotional distress or trauma
  • Physical disabilities
  • Long-term recovery and rehabilitation
  • Home alterations for handicap accommodations
  • Punitive damages
  • And more

New Jersey law states that you have 2 years to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver and/or the taxi company they work for. If you fail to file this lawsuit within that timeframe, then you will lose the chance to be compensated for your medical, hospital, and other health-related bills. 

New Jersey Taxi Accident Liability

When it comes to liability in taxi accident cases in New Jersey, it can be different in each scenario. Obviously, the passenger of the vehicle will not be liable unless they did something purposely to distract the driver or cause the accident to happen. Sometimes the liability might fall on another driver on the road who may have caused the accident due to their negligence. In that case, the taxi company would probably sue the third-party driver to cover their damages and yours. However, if the taxi driver caused the taxi accident themselves, then it is a different story. 

Taxi companies operate their organizational structure in different ways. Although the taxi drivers are employees of these companies, the real liability may sometimes be dependent on whoever owns the vehicle. For instance, there are taxi companies which let their taxi drivers use their own personal vehicles to shuttle passengers around in. This vehicle may not always be owned by the taxi driver, though. Perhaps they are renting the vehicle from the taxi company instead. In other scenarios, someone may have let them drive their car. But, in most cases, the taxi company has ownership over all the taxi vehicles and they let their employees drive them. 

So, who is liable in a taxi accident under these circumstances? For starters, the fault of the accident will always be placed on the taxi driver if they caused the accident to happen. But this doesn’t necessarily mean they will be liable for damages, though. If the taxi company owns the taxi vehicle involved in the accident and the driver is guilty of causing it, the taxi company must still pay for damages. On the other hand, if the driver has full ownership of the vehicle, then the driver is the only one liable for the damages. In the rare case of the driver renting the vehicle from the company, this would put the liability on both the driver and the company. 

Contact a Jersey City Taxi Accident Attorney

When you hail a taxi cab or hire a taxi driver to come transport you somewhere, you have no idea whether they own or rent their vehicle. This will make things confusing for you in the event that you’re in a taxi accident. Since the accident does not involve a car that you own, you don’t have a personal auto insurance provider that you can call for help. Even if you file a report with the police, they are not going to assist you in getting compensation for your injuries. Your only option will be to call a Jersey City taxi accident attorney who knows the laws surrounding liability and compensatory damages in these cases. 

To get legal assistance in your tax accident case, give us a call at 201-798-8000. We have customer service operators available to take your call and schedule your appointment with one of our experienced Jersey City taxi accident attorneys. We will review all the police reports, medical reports, and insurance reports of this case. Based on our analysis of the accident and the extent of your personal injuries, we will know the right legal path for you to take. 

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