If you suffered injuries in a taxicab accident in Shreveport, you may be able to take action against the cab company. This may be possible if you were a passenger in the taxi or if the cab collided with your vehicle.
If the Morris Bart law firm believes you have a viable case against the cab company, a Shreveport taxicab accident lawyer from our firm may offer to represent you throughout this process. We can file your claim while you focus on healing from your injuries.
Call the Morris Bart law firm today at (318) 553-5470 to learn more. A member of our team can answer your questions and provide you with a free consultation on your case. We may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payments due.
The Taxicab Company Could Be Liable for Your Injuries
Taxicab accidents work in a somewhat different way than most car accident claims. Even when a taxicab driver causes an accident, the primarily liable party in this type of case can be the taxicab company. In Louisiana, the common law doctrine that allows this type of vicarious liability, also known as respondeat superior, is found in Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §2320.
A Shreveport taxicab accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm will not shy away from filing a civil suit against a company or business if the law allows us to hold them vicariously liable for the injuries and damages you suffered.
For a free legal consultation with a Taxicab Accident lawyer serving Shreveport, call (318) 553-5470
Permits and Insurance for Vehicles for Hire in Shreveport
The City of Shreveport requires permits for all vehicles for hire, such as taxicabs, per Chapter 102 Code of Ordinances. This application process includes requiring proof of insurance, such as a certificate of liability insurance.
This insurance coverage plays a central role in your efforts to recover compensation for your accident-related damages. If the taxicab’s insurance company denies your claim or refuses to agree to a fair settlement based on your actual expenses and losses, you have the option to name the cab company as a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit and take them to trial.
The Morris Bart law firm can investigate your accident to determine who is liable for your injuries when we represent you. To discuss your case for free with a member of our Shreveport team, call us at (318) 553-5470 today.
Pursuing Damages Following a Taxicab Accident
There are typically two ways to secure compensation for damages following any type of Louisiana traffic accident, assuming you qualify to do so. This includes:
- An insurance claim based on the responsible party’s liability insurance
- A personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party company
Both of these options require making a list of your expenses and losses, gathering proof of them, and putting a fair value on them. Doing so can help you understand the fairness of a settlement offer or demonstrate the value of your case to a judge or jury.
If we represent you in your case, the Morris Bart law firm can take steps to identify and seek evidence of your losses. Depending on the specifics of your case, the recoverable damages may include:
- Current and future treatment and care costs
- Lost income and benefits, and reduced ability to earn
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle, if involved, or other property damages
- Pain and suffering
- Other non-economic losses
Our attorneys may also be able to help you pursue wrongful death damages if your family member passed away in this type of traffic accident. The damages in a wrongful death case may include funeral and burial costs, loss of earnings, and more.
Only certain immediate family members qualify to recover wrongful death damages, so the Morris Bart law firm will need to evaluate your options before we can accept your case. This evaluation is free to you and your family.
Time Limits for Taking Your Case to Court
While many traffic accident cases settle outside of court, some require victims to file personal injury lawsuits against the liable party or parties and bring their case to trial. If this occurs in your case, and we are representing you, we can take this step on your behalf. However, there are time limits we must adhere to in order to protect your right to sue.
Under CC §3492, Louisiana imposes a general one-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits. Missing this deadline could cause you to be barred from holding the taxi company accountable for your accident injuries via a lawsuit and recovering compensation via a court award.
Speak with a Member of Our Team Today
If you qualify, a Shreveport taxicab accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can handle all aspects of your case while you focus on your recovery. We can manage all communications, deadlines, and paperwork in your case when we represent you, and our staff will be accessible to answer your questions and provide you with updates during our work together.
The Morris Bart law firm represents our clients on a contingency-fee-basis. We charge nothing upfront for accident victims. Instead, our clients only pay us attorney fees if they recover compensation via a settlement offer or court award.
Call (318) 553-5470 now to discuss your case in a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our Shreveport team.
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