Levin & Malkin is a well-respected law firm in Hackensack, New Jersey with a track record of successful outcomes in taxi accident cases. Over the years, we have won millions of dollars for victims of traffic accidents. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of those who have suffered severe injuries through no fault of their own. If you have been injured in a taxi accident, you are doubtless not only in physical pain and badly shaken emotionally, but overwhelmed by the thought of what you must do to recover damages.
Once you are receiving necessary medical attention, the best action you can take is to contact Levin & Malkin. Our experienced car accident attorneys will, at no cost to you, evaluate the elements of your case. Once you become our client, we will immediately take over all logistical matters, allowing you to relax and heal while we sue for damages and fight aggressively to obtain the compensation you deserve. Because we know that you are incapacitated and unable to work, we will charge you no attorneys’ fees until we win your case.
Taxi accidents occur more often than most people realize. Those who use taxis as a means of convenient, relatively private, transportation unthinkingly put their lives in the hands of a driver whose driving skills and character are unknown to them. Although most of the time these passengers arrive safely at their destination, there is always a chance that they will be in a taxi accident that may alter the course of their life. That is where the services of Levin & Malkin can be a godsend.
Who’s liable in a taxi accident?
This question may be more difficult to answer than you might suppose since the taxi you hail may be:
- Owned by the driver
- Rented by the driver from a taxi company
- Owned by a company of which the driver is an employee
Assuming your taxi driver was at fault for the accident, liability is largely determined by which of the above categories the driver fits into:
- If the driver owns the vehicle, he or she will be held responsible
- If the driver rents the vehicle, both the driver and the company may be liable
- If the taxi company owns the vehicles and employs the taxi driver, the company may be liable for the accident
Of course, there is always the possibility that the driver of the other vehicle (or some other party) was responsible for the collision. In any case, as your attorneys, our goal is to win you appropriate damages. As you can imagine, there may be squabbling between the cab driver and taxi company if they are connected in a business arrangement.
It may be possible to prove the company was at fault for improperly vetting the driver if, for example, the driver’s intoxication or distraction caused the crash. In such cases, the owner may be held liable according to the principle of “vicarious liability.” It is even possible that the manufacturer of the car is responsible because the taxi had defective brakes or steering that led to the crash, or that the state, city, or county may be liable due to their improper maintenance of the roadway.
What Levin & Malkin Can Do for You After a Taxi Accident
You will find our taxi accident attorneys well-prepared to:
- Handle all communications with insurance companies and opposing attorneys
- Draft and review all necessary documents
- Investigate accident scene and all forensic evidence
- Examine police records and medical reports
- Investigate the background of the cab driver and/or taxi company seeking evidence of previous negligence or misconduct
- Interview witnesses
- Consult with any necessary experts who may testify in court on your behalf
You can depend on our outstanding legal team. We will use well-honed strategies both in and out of the courtroom to get you the compensation you need
Why Taxi Accidents May Result in More Severe Injuries than Other Car Accidents
Because taxis are typically used for short rides on urban streets, and because they are not usually carrying families, passengers and drivers tend to be more lax about safety measures. Although New Jersey law requires seat belts in the rear of taxicabs, many (or even most) passengers do not use them, putting themselves at increased risk of harm.
The partition between driver and passenger, when present, also presents a danger to the rear passenger, especially if he or she is unbelted. Also, the fact that taxi drivers drive for long hours daily, makes their chances of becoming fatigued to the point that their judgment and reaction time are negatively affected far greater than those of the average driver. Because taxi owners, whether individuals or companies, keep a close eye on their profit margin, taxis are less likely to have working seat belts, airbags, and other safety devices than private vehicles.
Serious Injuries You May Suffer in Taxi Accidents
In any vehicular accident, passengers, depending on the angle of impact, may be more severely injured than drivers. Even in slow-moving traffic on urban streets, it is possible to suffer:
- Bone fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neuromuscular damage
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Damages Our Team Will Fight to Win
We know that during your recovery you are faced with mounting medical bills and diminished income. That’s why we will use our legal prowess to fight for you to receive damages for:
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- Lost income, present and future
- Replacement costs (housekeeping/dog walking/landscaping)
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If You’ve Been Injured in a Taxi Accident, Contact Levin & Malkin Today
Our taxi accident attorneys are not only highly skilled professionals, they are compassionate people. We understand how difficult your life can become in the few seconds it takes an accident to occur. We are also aware of how devastating your injuries can be to your loved ones as well as to you. That’s why we will make it our mission to get you every dollar of compensation you are entitled to so that you and your family can move forward into a secure and comfortable future. Contact our Hackensack taxi accident lawyer today for a free consultation!