Many people in and around the Cape Cod area take taxis to get from one place to another. While a special license is needed to operate a taxi, taxis are as likely as any other vehicle to be involved in a collision, and many taxi accidents are caused by the reckless operation of the taxi. If you sustained injuries in an accident caused by a negligent taxi driver, it is prudent to consult legal counsel to discuss your options for pursuing compensation for your damages. At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, our zealous Cape Cod car accident lawyers have more than fifteen decades of joint experience representing injured parties in the pursuit of damages, and we will work tirelessly to help you assert your rights. Our skillful advocacy has enabled us to recover several multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients.Damages Recoverable Following a Taxi Accident
If you were injured in a collision involving a taxi, you may be able to recover compensation for your economic and noneconomic harm. Economic harm includes the cost of any hospitalization, adaptive devices, therapy, or any other medical treatment you need due to your injuries. Economic damages also include any lost wages caused by your inability to work due to your injuries. Noneconomic damages, which are based on the intangible harm caused by the accident, such as mental anguish, suffering, and pain, often include a large portion of the damages awarded.Theories of Liability in a Taxi Accident Case
Whether you were injured while riding as a passenger in a taxi, or suffered injuries when a taxi collided with you or your vehicle, you can pursue damages for your harm in a civil lawsuit. Generally, lawsuits arising out of car accidents allege a negligence claim against the defendant. In Massachusetts, a plaintiff seeking damages via a negligence claim must first establish that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty.
The precise duty a defendant owes a plaintiff will depend on the circumstances out of which the accident arose. For example, taxi companies are common carriers, which means that they are held to the highest standard of care. Thus, taxi companies have a duty to protect their passengers from injuries caused by the negligent acts of their employees. As such, if the plaintiff was injured while riding as a passenger in a taxi owned by a taxi company due to the careless acts of a driver that was employed by the company, both the driver and the company may be held liable for the plaintiff’s harm. If the plaintiff’s harm arose under other circumstances, such a while the plaintiff was walking or riding in another vehicle, the standard of care will most likely be the care that a reasonable person would exercise under similar facts. A dedicated car accident lawyer can help you determine which standard of care applied in your case.
Once a plaintiff establishes the standard of care, he or she must then use evidence to show that the defendant’s acts or omissions constituted a breach of the duty and that the defendant’s breach was both the legal and proximate cause of his or her harm. In other words, the plaintiff must show that the accident would not have occurred without the breach and that the breach was one of the main factors that brought about the accident. It does not have to be the sole cause of the accident, however, and often multiple forces will combine to cause the accident. Thus, in many taxi accident cases, there will be more than one defendant.Meet with a Knowledgeable Car Accident Lawyer in Cape Cod
Taxi drivers should be held liable for any harm caused by their careless acts. If you sustained injuries in a collision involving a taxi, it is wise to meet with a knowledgeable attorney to discuss your potential claims. At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, we have the skills and experience to help you seek the full amount of compensation you may be owed. Our zealous representation has allowed us to maintain a record of favorable outcomes, including many verdicts that exceed one million dollars. We assist people seeking damages for injuries in Cape Cod and are available to meet for conferences in Plymouth and Hyannis. You can reach us through our form online or at 888-262-6664 to set up a conference. Nós Falamos Português.