Were you injured in a car accident involving a taxi in Jacksonville, FL? You might be able to pursue compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more. An experienced Jacksonville taxi accident lawyer at Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers can help you navigate the complexities that often arise in cases involving taxis.
Our lawyers have helped our injured clients recover tens of millions of dollars since we opened our doors in 2012. Between us, we have over 69 years of experience in personal injury law–so we know the ins and outs of the legal system.
You don’t have to handle your case alone. Call us at (904) 396-1100 or contact our law offices in Jacksonville, Florida for more information about how an experienced lawyer can help you recover the maximum compensation you deserve.
How Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers Can Assist After a Taxi Accident in Jacksonville
Once the shock of an accident wears off, you may quickly become overwhelmed. Medical bills are almost always expensive. You might quickly start to feel the financial strain even while you’re struggling with painful injuries. A prolonged insurance battle is the last thing you need.
That’s where our Jacksonville personal injury lawyers can help. We’ve been helping accident victims fight big insurance companies for decades. We’ve been recognized by Super Lawyers every year since 2009 and earned an AV-Preeminent rating. Our lawyers have also been named among the Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Florida by National Trial Lawyers.
Hire us, and you’ll have a lawyer to:
- Investigate to determine who caused your accident
- Identify all forms of insurance coverage and compensation
- Gather and analyze the evidence needed to prove your case
- Hire experts and specialists as needed
- Stand up for you if you’re blamed for the accident or for failure to mitigate damages
- Handle all negotiations with the insurance company on your behalf
Taxis are common carriers. They’re held to a higher standard of care. They’re also much more experienced in fighting accident claims. Our Jacksonville personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way we can, so call for a free consultation today.
What Is My Jacksonville Taxi Accident Case Worth?
Putting a dollar value on a personal injury case is never easy. Your case value will depend on facts that are unique to your accident and injury. That’s because your injury can impact you in unique ways–and your circumstances are different from anyone else’s.
Our lawyers will carefully examine your case to find out how much your claim is worth, considering factors such as:
- The nature and severity of you injuries
- The cost of your medical treatment and need for future care
- Your lost wages
- How the injury is expected to impact your future work and lifestyle
- Whether the doctors think you’ll fully recover
- The cost of repairing your damaged vehicle and property
- The strength of your negligence case
Some insurance companies try to use a cookie-cutter approach to valuation. They might even compare your injuries to someone else’s. While that can be helpful, many different factors could increase your case value.
What Kinds of Damages Can Taxi Accident Victims Receive?
Your financial losses are called economic damages. Examples include:
- Property damage
- Past and future medical expenses
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning potential
Your non-financial losses, or non-economic damages, are often much more difficult to value. Examples of common non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering during your recovery
- Ongoing emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
- Chronic pain
- Anxiety, depression and PTSD
- Loss of consortium
Many accident victims ask about punitive damages. Florida courts rarely award punitive damages. However, our lawyers may have grounds to seek punitive damages if the defendant’s acts were intentional or amounted to gross negligence. For example, punitive damages are often available in cases involving drunk driving.
May I Still Recover Damages Even If I’m Being Blamed After My Taxi Accident in Florida?
In many cases, yes. If you can prove that someone else contributed to your accident, you can recover a portion of your compensation even if you also share blame. However, you cannot recover damages if you share most of the blame (51% or more).
Florida follows a modified comparative negligence law. Liability is apportioned between all parties who contributed to an accident. Injured parties are entitled to recover compensation, but their compensation is reduced by their own percentage of fault.
If some of the blame is allocated to you, you could take home less than you need. Further, you could be held liable for a portion of someone else’s damages. If you’re being blamed for an accident, we highly recommend calling an experienced lawyer who can defend you from those allegations.
We’ll Work Hard To Recover Compensation for Each of Your Jacksonville Taxi Accident Injuries
Taxi wrecks can cause all types of injuries. Of course, unrestrained passengers tend to suffer the most severe injuries.
At Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers, we handle all types of taxi accident cases, including those involving:
- Broken bones
- Nerve injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Eye injuries
- Facial injuries
- Wrongful death
- Internal organ damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Back injuries
If you were injured due to someone else’s actions, you deserve to be compensated. Our Jacksonville taxi accident attorneys are well-equipped to help you fight for every dollar you deserve.
What Causes the Majority of Taxi Accidents in Jacksonville, Florida?
Taxi drivers aren’t known for being the most cautious drivers. Speeding, aggressive driving and even fatigued driving are all common causes of motor vehicle accidents.
Still, taxi cab drivers are perhaps even more likely to engage in these dangerous driving behaviors. That’s because they’re often in a hurry to maximize the number of rides they complete.
Some of the most common causes of taxicab accidents in Jacksonville include:
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Talking on the phone while driving
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Stopping in dangerous locations to pick up passengers
- Unfamiliarity with the roads and road patterns
- Aggressive driving
- Unsafe passing
- Dangerous turns
- Failure to obey traffic signs and signals
- Intoxicated driving, whether alcohol or drugs
- Failing to property maintain the taxi
- Dangerous road conditions
Many auto accidents occur because taxi companies fail to maintain the taxi in safe condition. Worn tires, faulty brakes and other mechanical failures can easily contribute to the cause of an accident.
How Do I Establish Negligence After a Jacksonville, Florida, Taxi Accident?
Before you can recover compensation after an accident, you’ll have to prove negligence. That means proving that your accident happened because someone else failed to exercise reasonable caution under the circumstances.
The four elements of negligence are:
Taxi accident cases can be complicated if multiple parties share blame for the accident. For example, if the taxi driver’s careless driving caused the accident, someone else may actually be liable for your damages (or a portion of your damages).
Examples of responsible parties include:
- The taxi cab company
- The taxi driver’s employer
- Maintenance companies
- Manufacturers of defective taxi parts
- Government agencies
- Another at-fault driver, pedestrian or bicyclist
Proving causation and establishing liability can be difficult. If you’re recovering from a serious bodily injury, let our lawyers take the lead. We’re always available to discuss your case, so give us a call for a free case evaluation today.
What Types of Evidence Do I Need To Establish Negligence?
You can count on our lawyers to gather the strong evidence that will be relevant to your case.
Examples of the types of evidence we’ll search for and analyze include:
- Police and accident reports
- Statements from eyewitnesses and bystanders
- Evidence about the taxi driver’s qualifications
- The taxi company’s inspection and maintenance records
- Evidence of past safety violations
- Video surveillance footage from dash cams, red light cameras and nearby businesses
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
- Medical records
- Evidence from the crash scene
Some cases are more difficult to prove than others. Fortunately, our lawyers have decades of experience handling even the most complex personal injury matters. Get the legal advice you deserve today by calling our law firm in Jacksonville for a free consultation.
How Much Time Is There To File a Lawsuit After a Florida Taxi Accident?
The statute of limitations is a deadline for taking legal action. In the State of Florida, if you fail to file your taxi accident lawsuit within either two years (for accidents on or after 3/24/2023) or four years (for accidents that took place before that date) after the incident occurred, you lose your right to seek compensation entirely.
Contact a Jacksonville Taxi Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
You’re probably feeling overwhelmed if you were recently injured in an accident. An experienced Jacksonville taxi accident lawyer can help you navigate the personal injury process with as little complication as possible. Contact Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers to learn more about our legal services and skills.