If you suffered injuries in a taxicab accident because of the cab driver’s or another motorist’s negligence, you have the right to hold that driver responsible for your injuries. We understand that this can be overwhelming, especially if you are still suffering and in pain from your injuries.
A New Orleans taxicab accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm is here to help. We handle many cases like this and know how to build a strong case to pursue compensation. We provide complimentary consultations for accident victims in Orleans Parish and nearby areas.
Damages Recoverable After a New Orleans Taxicab Accident
There are a wide variety of injuries that passengers suffer because of a taxicab accident in New Orleans. The nature and severity of the injuries depend on the speed of the crash, how the collision occurred, and other factors.
Some common car accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injuries and other head injuries
- Knee injuries and other joint injuries
If you experienced one of these injuries or otherwise required medical attention due to a New Orleans taxicab accident, our personal injury attorneys may be able to help you recover compensation for your costs and losses. Some of the most common types of damages that we recover for our clients after a taxicab accident include:
- Medical care costs, current and future
- Past and future wages
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Disfigurement or dismemberment
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Property damages
If you lost an immediate family member to injuries suffered in a taxicab accident in New Orleans, you may be able to recover:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of support and protection
- Medical costs left to the family to pay
- Wages and benefits previously provided by the deceased
The Morris Bart law firm also handles these claims, known as wrongful death actions. We can represent surviving spouses, children, and parents in these cases.
For a free legal consultation with a Taxicab Accident lawyer serving New Orleans, call (504) 613-4771
How a New Orleans Taxicab Accident Lawyer Can Help
The Morris Bart law office in New Orleans has worked for more than four decades to help our clients get justice after traffic accident injuries. We understand the unique aspects of taxicab accident cases and know what it takes to file a winning claim.
We protect our clients’ rights and can often recover cash settlements for them without going to trial. We will not back down and will sue when necessary. The insurance companies know this and are often more willing to negotiate to avoid court.
Our New Orleans office is located at:
Pan American Life Center
601 Poydras Street, 24th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70130
We are a contingency fee firm and provide complimentary consultations. For example, imagine you were in a taxicab collision in New Orleans East. We may be able to help you hold the driver or taxi company responsible for your injuries with no upfront costs for your family.
Some specific ways we help our clients with their cases include:
- Gathering evidence like police reports, eyewitness statements, and video surveillance
- Consulting with experts, including medical professionals or accident scene reconstruction specialists
- Calculating the value of your case to determine what a fair settlement would look like
- Negotiating with the insurance company to pursue fair compensation
- Fighting for justice at trial if we cannot reach a fair settlement
Ultimately, a taxicab accident attorney from the Morris Bart law firm can stand up for your rights and pursue compensation for your losses. At the same time, you will be able to focus fully on healing from your injuries.
Establishing Liability After a New Orleans Taxicab Crash
There are several ways that a passenger in a cab can sustain injuries. This generally comes down to if the cab driver or another motorist caused the collision. Our team knows how to prove fault in these cases, including working closely with accident reconstruction experts to demonstrate what happened that led to a crash.
To show that another driver – or possibly the taxicab driver and taxi company–is responsible for your losses, we must prove they breached their duty of care and behaved negligently. Four elements are essential for establishing negligence. They are:
- Duty of care: A taxicab driver is a commercial driver and, as such, owes a duty of care to the passengers they transport. Alternatively, all drivers must follow traffic laws to prevent accidents.
- Breach of duty: The driver behaved in a way that breached their duty.
- Causation: The breach of duty caused the collision and all resulting injuries.
- Harm: You suffered injuries, often including physical, emotional, and financial harm.
Breach of duty can be challenging to prove. The Morris Bart law firm investigates each case, gathering evidence to document what happened and who is legally responsible.
Common Causes of Taxicab Accidents
Many factors can lead to a taxicab accident. Some of the most common include:
- Drowsy driving: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowsy driving may cause up to 6,000 fatal accidents each year. Commercial drivers, including taxicab drivers, are among the most likely to drive while fatigued. Drowsy driving makes it difficult for taxicab drivers to pay attention to the road, slows their reaction time and affects their ability to make decisions.
- Distracted driving: The CDC reports that approximately eight people die in crashes involving a distracted driver each day. Distracted driving includes a variety of behaviors, such as talking to passengers, eating behind the wheel, or even getting lost in your thoughts. However, one of the most dangerous distractions is cell phone use, such as texting and driving. This type of distraction is particularly hazardous because it involves the driver taking their hands, eyes, and mind off driving.
- Impaired driving: According to the CDC, 29 people die in the United States every day because of accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver. The agency reports that the driver’s muscle coordination is poor, even with a blood alcohol content (BAC) at the legal limit of 0.08 percent. They may also have difficulty concentrating, experience short-term memory loss, and their perception is impaired.
- Speeding: In 2019, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 9,478 people died due to accidents where speeding was a factor. If your taxicab driver is speeding to get you to your destination more quickly and increase the number of trips they can make in a day, your risk of a crash increases.
How the Statute of Limitation Impacts Your Case
Under La. Civ. Code Art. 3492, Louisiana has a one-year limit on the amount of time victims have to sue based on a personal injury accident. In effect, this limits how long you can wait to pursue compensation after a taxicab collision.
If we need to sue to recover compensation in your case, we must file your lawsuit within one year of the date of the accident. The courts will typically bar you from any legal action after the deadline passes.
Additional deadlines may apply in some cases, so getting started early is a good idea.
Speak with Morris Bart, LLC About Your Taxicab Accident Case Today
You can discuss your collision case with the Morris Bart law firm traffic accident team for free today. We will assess your legal options and help you understand your rights. Call (504) 613-4771 now to talk to an attorney.
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