Can I Claim For A London Taxi Accident?

If you found have sustained an injury in a London taxi accident, you might be entitled to claim. However, you would need to show that the accident happened because of a third party (either another vehicle on the road or the driver of the car you were in).

In this guide, you’ll find out all you need to know about London taxi claims and how to get the injury compensation you could be owed. We’ll also look at the duty of care you’re owed and how this could be breached. 

You might also be interested in seeking free legal advice from our team of advisors, who can support you with any queries. They offer a free consultation with no obligation to make a claim with us afterwards. 

However, if you do work with our panel of solicitors, you could be represented with a No Win No Fee agreement in place. We’ll explain what this means as we progress in this guide. 

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Guidance On Making A Taxi Accident Claim In London

Like with any other personal claim, when making a taxi accident claim you must consider three important questions:

  • Were you owed a legal duty of care? If you are on the road, other drivers and riders owe you a duty of care under the Road Traffic Act 1988. The Highway Code outlines the steps that all road users should take to safeguard one another. 
  • Did a third party breach a duty of care they owed you? 
  • Did you experience physical or psychological harm due to their negligence?

If you could answer yes to the above questions, you could have a valid claim. When you make a road traffic accident claim as a driver, you would typically make it against the third-party driver’s insurance company. However, if the driver of the taxi you were travelling in was at fault, then you could launch a claim against them. 

Our advisors could connect you to a solicitor from our panel. They could help you put together a London taxi accident insurance claim. 

Calculating Compensation For A London Taxi Accident

Legal professionals use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to value general damages in personal injury claims. This head of the claim relates to any physical or mental injuries inflicted by your accident.

Legal professionals use the JCG to estimate settlements for taxi accidents. Therefore, we have taken compensation ranges from the 16th edition to give you an idea of what you might receive for a London car accident involving a taxi.

InjuryCompensation RangesNotes
Severe (i) Back Injuries£91,090 to £160,980The most severe injuries, including damage to the spinal cord and injury to the roots of the nerves.
Severe (i) Neck InjuryIn the region of £148,330Your neck’s movement will be limited, even if you wear a collar 24 hours every day for a number of years.
Severe (ii) Neck Injury£65,740 to £130,930Injuries within this range might fall short of more serious bracket, but nevertheless cause disabilities that are significantly severe.
Severe (iii) Neck Injury£45,470 to £55,990Injuries such as fractures, dislocations or severe soft tissue damage that cause chronic conditions and
Severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder£59,860 to £100,670Symptoms include being unable to cope with all aspects of your life, including work, education and relationships with others.
Severe (ii) Back Injuries£74,160 to £88,430There might be a loss of sensation in your back or impaired mobility due to the injury.
Severe (iii) Back Injuries£38,780 to £69,730Your bladder, bowel and sexual function may be impaired because of disc lesions or fractures.
Other Arm Injuries £39,170 to £59,860Injuries resulting in disability that is permanent and substantial.
Moderately Severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder£23,150 to £59,860Significant disability will be an ongoing problem.
Moderate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder£8,180 to £23,150The injured person will have largely recovered. There will be some ongoing symptoms but they will not cause gross disability.

When you are involved in a London taxi accident as an adult driver or passenger, if you sustain a whiplash injury that is valued at £5,000 or less, then under the Whiplash Reform Programme, you must claim through the government’s online portal. 

However, if you have suffered whiplash injuries that are worth more than £5,000, or if you’re under 18, you won’t need to claim through the government’s online portal.

Special Damages

Any financial loss or harm you suffer as a result of a London taxi accident could be compensated under the special damages head of your claim. For example, you could claim back fees for your prescriptions or the cost of hiring someone to cook and clean for you if you couldn’t do this yourself.

As such, we would strongly recommend keeping hold of evidence that could prove your expenditures. This could include receipts or bank statements.

For a more accurate estimate of what you might receive in compensation for a taxi accident, get in touch with our advisors. They may be able to connect you to a solicitor from our panel. 

What Are Taxi Accidents?

Below, we’ve included some example scenarios in which you could be eligible to claim taxi accident compensation: 

  • If you are travelling on public transport, such as a bus, a taxi driver may crash into the bus because they were driving under the influence of alcohol.
  • Your taxi driver may drive over the speed limit when turning into a junction. As a result, they could hit a car travelling at the correct speed who has right of way.
  • A HGV accident could occur if a lorry driver, who is playing on their phone and paying no attention to the road, pulls out unexpectedly into a road that your taxi is driving in

If you are unsure who is at fault following a London taxi accident, an advisor could offer some insight and verify if you are able to pursue a settlement for a taxi accident. If so, they could connect you with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel. 

What Evidence Could Lead To You Getting Compensation For A London Taxi Accident?

A necessity for all London taxi claims is evidence. Upon sustaining your personal injury, we would suggest you seek medical attention. Not only could this be useful in ensuring you get the appropriate treatment promptly, but hospital records are useful forms of evidence for your injury.

A solicitor from our panel could arrange a medical assessment to determine the extent of your physical and psychological harm. They may be able to do this in your local area to reduce the amount you need to travel. 

Our panel of solicitors can also help you gather evidence, such as:

  • CCTV or dash cam footage
  • Witness details
  • Photographs of your injuries

To find out if we could help you pursue a claim, speak to an advisor using our live chat function.

When Can I Use A No Win No Fee Lawyer?

If you choose to work with a lawyer when making your London taxi accident claim, then you might want to do so with a No Win No Fee agreement in place. This is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement.

A No Win No Fee lawyer will only take a success fee from you if you win compensation for a cab accident. This fee is legally capped. 

Furthermore, your lawyer would not ask for an upfront fee. They also won’t take anything for their services as they work on your claim. 

If you lose your claim, then there’s nothing for you to pay your lawyer for their services.

Get Advice On Making A London Taxi Accident Claim

Our panel of personal injury solicitors may offer you a No Win No Fee claim, but you must have a valid claim. Check your eligibility by calling an advisor. They are available 24/7. Otherwise, you may:

  • Contact us to request a callback. We aim to get back to you as quickly as possible.
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More Information On Making A London Taxi Accident Claim

We hope you have enjoyed this article on making a London taxi accident claim. Here are some additional resources for further reading.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents provides information on road safety.

Request CCTV footage of yourself – Government advice on requesting CCTV footage.

Whiplash – More information about whiplash from the NHS

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Please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We could arrange a free consultation of your London taxi accident claim.

Writer Lewis Jackson 

Publisher Fern Stewart