People take taxis all over the state of New Jersey. They are generally seen as an efficient and reliable means to get from place to place. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and taxi drivers are sometimes negligent. Very often, this leads to an accident, and if you have been injured as a result, there is a good chance you are looking into recovering financial compensation. This compensation may cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, and more. If you have been injured in a New Jersey taxi accident, here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the most common causes of taxi accidents?
Several factors may contribute to taxi accidents, such as poor weather conditions. Additionally, poor road conditions, such as potholes, or even negligent road design sometimes contribute to taxi accidents. However, the most common cause of taxi accidents, is, unsurprisingly, driver negligence. Some examples of driver negligence include, but are not limited to:
- Texting while driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Eating or smoking while driving
- Unsafely changing lanes
- Failing to yield
- Navigating directions or programming a GPS while driving
- Driving while drowsy
- Failing to comply with traffic lights and signs
- Disregarding other rules and regulations of the road
Who is the negligent party in a New Jersey taxi accident?
Determining liability in a taxi accident is sometimes more challenging than doing so in other personal injury claims. This is primarily because when a taxi driver does not own or rent his vehicle and is instead employed by a taxi company, both he and the company may be held liable. Unfortunately, you usually will not know the taxi driver’s relationship to the company until after the investigation has already begun. Hiring an experienced attorney can help you determine who was at fault for the injuries you have sustained.
How do I prove I was injured due to another party’s negligence?
To prove another party’s negligence, the most important thing you can do is hire an experienced personal injury attorney. From there, he or she will help you gather all the evidence needed to prove your claim. For example, an attorney may help recover security camera footage, witness testimony, and more. You should also promptly seek medical attention following your accident, as a medical professional will treat your injuries and provide you with medical documentation, which you may also use as evidence.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt because of the negligence of another party. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, contact our firm today.