Taxi drivers can be some of the biggest dangers on the roads in cities. Many of these drivers spend hours upon hours in a car, and their driving skills, attention to traffic laws, and ability to focus may suffer because of it. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident involving a taxi, or you were hit by a taxi while walking or biking, talk to an attorney right away.
Fayetteville, Arkansas taxi injury lawyer Ken Kieklak represents people who have been injured by taxi drivers and helps them fight to get compensation for their injuries. For a free consultation on your case, contact our law offices today at (479) 439) 1843.
Suing a Taxi Company for Injuries in Arkansas
Many times, insurance is available to cover your injuries after a car accident. Every driver in Arkansas is required to carry car insurance, especially commercial drivers like taxi drivers. If a driver uses their car as part of their job, they may have a commercial insurance policy, which often carries more coverage than auto insurance for everyday drivers.
Many taxis have very strong insurance policies that cover up to $1 million per accident. Many of these policies cover up to a total of $1 million per accident, but lower amounts per injured individual. However, some taxi companies may opt for carrying lower insurance amounts in an attempt to save money. When this happens, insurance may not be enough to cover the costs of injury – or may not be willing to do so.
While filing through an insurance company may cover some damages, very serious injuries may be too expensive for insurance to willingly cover. In that case, you may need to file a lawsuit to enforce your claim. In a personal injury lawsuit in Arkansas, you can recover a broad range of damages that may not be covered by insurance.
After a car accident, you typically sue the driver of the other vehicle. The same is true in a taxi accident, since the driver was the one who actually caused the accident. However, you may also be able to bring the taxi company they work for to court as well. The taxi company is responsible for any problems that their drivers cause while on the job, under a doctrine called “respondeat superior.” This allows you to hold the taxi company “vicariously liable” for damages when their drivers cause an accident. Doing this can open a greater pool of resources to cover your injuries.
Taxi companies may also make their own errors. They can be held directly responsible for any errors they make that contribute to your accident. Things like failing to properly maintain their cars or failing to fire a driver with a history of DWI are the direct fault of the taxi company, and they can share in the responsibility for your injuries.
Damages for Injuries in a Taxi Cab Accident
Suing the cabby alone is often not going to cover your full damages. If you were severely injured, you may need substantial coverage for your injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other expenses. This means going after the insurance money and the taxi company the driver works for to ensure your full needs can be covered.
When you take anyone to court for your injuries in Arkansas, there are a variety of damages available. “Compensatory damages” all seek to pay you back for some harm you suffered. If you faced expensive surgeries, diagnostic tests, medical procedures, and rehabilitation, you could be compensated for all of these expenses if they stemmed from the accident. If you were forced to miss work or were unable to go back to work after the crash, you could have all of your lost wages (past and future) paid-for in court.
The last major area of damages is for your pain and suffering. The physical pain and mental suffering from an injury is something that Arkansas courts want to see you well compensated for. The amount of money you can receive is often higher for more serious injuries and lower for less severe injuries. However, Arkansas has no upper limit or “cap” for these damages. That means the money you receive for your pain and suffering can be as high as a jury determines it should be.
Proving these values often requires bringing in financial paperwork, such as hospital bills and bank records. Proving noneconomic damages, like pain and suffering, often requires more difficult proof, such as your testimony about how the pain affected your life. Always discuss damages with an attorney to understand what your case might be worth before you accept anything from the opposing party.
Arkansas Taxi Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one was injured in a taxi accident, or you lost a loved one to a crash involving a taxi cab, call our law offices today. Personal injury lawyer Ken Kieklak, helps individuals and families recover compensation for serious car accident injuries. For a free consultation on your case, contact our Fayetteville law offices today at (479) 316-0438.