Road traffic accidents involving taxis are very common source of accidents and if you or a member of your family are involved in an accident in a taxi it is important that you seek legal advice and contact us in relation to your accident at the earliest opportunity in order to ensure that you receive your just and adequate compensation.
Accidents in taxis usually occur in cities or urban areas. The issue as to who was responsible for the accident is of little concern to the occupant of a taxi because as a passenger that has been injured in a road traffic accident, you will always succeed in your claim for compensation and the amount of compensation depends upon the extent of your injuries.
It is important that you acquire as much information at the scene of the accident in relation to all vehicles involved etc and in this regard we would advise as follows:
STEPS TO TAKE IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT IN A TAXI
1. Get medical attention.
It is important for you to assess immediately the extent of your injury and as soon as is possible thereafter to seek medical attention as to maintain your health must be a number one priority. In addition, going to the local A & E Department of the nearest hospital will also provide a record of the fact that you were in an accident and the extent of your injuries etc. which will be necessary in a subsequent legal case should you decide to pursue one.
2. Report to the Gardai/Police.
When you have gathered all available information it is important for you to contact the Gardai as soon as possible after a road traffic accident occurs. The Gardai may well attend the scene, particularly if there are serious injuries to any of the parties involved in the accident.
However, owing to finite resources, the Gardai do not always attend the scene of road traffic accidents and it is important that you gather all the available information and report the matter to the nearest Garda Station where the accident occurred at your earliest convenience.
Where serious accidents occur, the Gardai may require statements from the parties involved. It is important to remember that you are not obliged to give a statement, but it may well be in your interest to do so.
3. Collect the Necessary Information.
As soon as the accident has occurred and you have assessed your injuries, it is important for you to collect as much information in respect of the accident as possible. If you are in a position to move around, then you should do all or as many of the following steps as possible:
(a) Take photographs of the scene on your mobile phone;
(b) Get the name of the driver of the service provider.
(c) Get the name of the driver/drivers of the other vehicles involved;
(d) Get names and addresses of any witnesses;
(e) Get the registration numbers of the vehicles involved;
(f) Get insurance particulars to include policy numbers in respect of the vehicles involved;
(g) Details of the name, number and station if the gardai attended the scene of the accident;
(h) If an ambulance is called, request details of the ambulance personal, which department they come from i.e. Fire Service or HSE.
(i) Contact Quinn Solicitors Experts in Personal Injuries Claims if you are interested in pursuing a claim for Personal Injuries arising out of your motorcycle accident, to discuss your case as soon as possible for you after your accident. It is important to remember that you only have two years from the date that you were injured to bring a claim for personal injuries and accordingly it is important that you act reasonably quickly following your road traffic accident as it is necessary to gather in quite a lot of information before the matter can be progressed in a meaningful way.