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What is the time period to sue the negligent taxi driver who caused my taxi accident?
If you were injured in a taxi cab accident, you may not know what to do or who to turn to in order to obtain the compensation you need to pay for your mounting medical bills and the wages you are losing while you are off work recovering from your injuries. This could be especially true if you are in Dallas or Fort Worth on business or a vacation. Your first step should be to contact a local experienced taxi accident attorney who can explain your legal rights and knows the statute of limitations to sue the negligent taxi driver and the taxi cab company.
What Is the Statute of Limitations?
The statute of limitations is the time period you have to file a lawsuit against the taxi driver and taxi cab company. In Texas, there are different statutes of limitations for different legal claims. For example, the time period to sue for a breach of contract claim could be different than for a personal injury case. You must file your lawsuit within the statute of limitations or you would lose your right to pursue your claim for compensation. If you tried to sue after the statute of limitations expired, it is likely that the judge would dismiss your complaint.
The Statute of Limitations in Texas Taxi Cab Accident Cases
The time period to sue for your taxi accident case is the same as if you had been involved in another type of vehicle accident. You must file your lawsuit within these time limits:
- Personal injury. Two years from the date of your accident.
- Property damage. Two years from the date of your accident.
- Wrongful death. Two years from the date of your family member’s accident.
What happens if you did not realize you suffered injuries for a long time after your taxi crash? In some cases where a person suffers back, neck, or head injuries, he may not experience symptoms for months after the wreck, and his condition could worsen over time. If this is your situation, you may fall into an exception to the strict time limit to sue. You could have two years from the date you should have reasonably discovered your injuries to pursue your claim.
Do not delay in contacting an attorney after your accident. Even if you are afraid you waited too long to sue, you want to discuss this with a local taxi accident attorney who can advise you on your legal options. Start an online chat today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our experienced taxi accident legal team.
If I was a passenger in a taxicab and was injured in an accident, who is liable?
Accidents involving taxicabs can result in serious injuries like paralysis, burns, loss of limbs, and internal organ damage. Common causes of these crashes include a driver talking on a cellphone or texting, speeding, being fatigued, and driving under the influence of alcohol. If the passenger in the taxi was hurt in the crash, he may be entitled to compensation for his injuries, and he may be able to pursue a claim against more than one party.
The Parties Potentially Liable in a Taxicab Crash
In a taxicab crash, there could be more than one party liable for the passenger’s injuries. Who is responsible will depend on the cause of the accident, but could include any combination of the following parties:
- Taxicab driver. If the driver of the taxi hit another vehicle, he could be responsible for the injuries of the passenger in his cab.
- Taxicab company. If the driver of the taxi caused the accident, the taxicab company could be liable for a taxicab passenger’s injuries.
- Other motorist. If another driver hit the taxi, he could be responsible for the injuries of the passenger in the taxi.
- Manufacturer. The manufacturer of the vehicle that caused the accident could face responsibility if a defect in the vehicle contributed to the accident.
In Texas, a taxicab company is required to have an accidental insurance policy with higher minimum limits of liability than required in a motorist’s automobile policy. It is important to contact an experienced accident attorney as soon as possible after a crash to help determine who the responsible parties are and what compensation they could have to pay.
Were you or a family member injured in a taxicab accident? Call us at (817) 380-4888 for a free consultation to learn about your legal options and how we can help you.