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Protecting Yourself After a Car Accident Involving a Taxi

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Libertyville taxicab accident attorneyOn Saturday, September 2nd, 2018, multiple pedestrians were injured after a taxicab collided with a SUV ride-share service vehicle near Navy Pier. The accident, which occurred around 4:30 p.m., was the fault of both drivers, as the ride-share driver was cited for running a red light, and the taxicab driver was issued two citations. In all, eight people suffered injuries that required hospitalization. Fortunately, none of the injuries proved fatal. 

While this latest taxicab accident may come as a surprise to some, taxicab collisions are fairly common throughout the United States. Here in the state of Illinois, taxi accidents occur at an alarmingly high rate. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there were approximately 5,271 taxicab accidents throughout the state of Illinois in 2015 alone. While only three people ultimately suffered fatal injuries in collisions involving taxicabs in 2015, more than 1,000 people (including over 150 pedestrians ) were injured to the extent that they required hospitalization. If you or a loved one is injured in a collision involving a taxi, it is critically important to find a trained legal team to represent your best interests. 

Ensuring Justice for You and Your Family 

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle collision involving a taxi, it is likely that either the taxi collided with your vehicle or you, as a passenger within the taxi, were struck by another vehicle. In both cases, there are a few simple steps you can take to help ensure that you and your family receive the legal compensation you deserve.  

In the event that your vehicle collided with a taxicab vehicle, it is likely that the taxi company will attempt to point to your negligence as the cause for the accident. The taxi company will be looking to avoid steep insurance hikes, as well as liability and damage payments. If a taxi company attempts to claim that your negligence was the reason for the accident, an experienced attorney can work with you to help determine who was at fault, and you may be able to receive compensation even if you were partially responsible for the collision. 

In the event that a taxicab you were riding in was involved in a motor vehicle collision, it is important to gather as much information as possible. If you did not suffer severe injuries during the accident, it is critical to document witnesses’ contact information, take photographs of the location of the accident, and take note of the damage done to both vehicles. This evidence can help establish liability and ensure that you are properly compensated for your damages.

In the event of an accident involving in a taxicab, it is always key to act quickly to receive medical treatment and determine your options for pursuing compensation. Injuries suffered in a motor vehicle collision can result in loss of work hours, costly physical therapy sessions, and potentially life-changing disability. 

Contact a Lake County Car Accident Lawyer 

At Salvi and Maher, L.L.C., our team of personal injury attorneys know just how difficult a car accident can be for the entire family, and we understand the complications that can arise when a taxi driver is involved in a collision. Fortunately, our legal team has years of experience representing those involved in motor vehicle collisions. If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, it is critically important to find the legal representation you and your family deserve. To set up a free consultation with a Waukegan personal injury attorney, call us today at 847-662-3303. 

Sources:

http://www.idot.illinois.gov/Assets/uploads/files/Transportation-System/Resources/Safety/Crash-Reports/crash-facts/2015%20Crash%20Facts%20with%20cover.pdf

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-navy-pier-crash-20180901-story.html

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