Calling for a taxi in a thriving city like Washington DC is convenient. It is reliable and easy transportation. Plus, it saves you money since you don’t have the costs of owning and maintaining your own car. And a smart way to stay safe if you’ve been out on the town and don’t want to drive after having a few drinks. Throughout DC, taxis and rideshare services take thousands of people where they need to go every day. With so many taxis and rideshare services on the road, it is more likely that you will be involved in an accident. According to the District Department of Transportation, there are more than 20,000 car crashes in Washington DC every year. Two of the most dangerous intersections are at New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road, and Firth Sterling Avenue and Howard Road SE.
When a taxi driver or taxi company in DC causes an accident that injures you or a family member, you may be entitled to compensation. Victims can receive money for medical bills and expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. The skilled Washington DC car accident lawyers of Regan Zambri Long will provide a free, no obligation legal assessment of your case. If you would like us to answer your questions and discuss your legal options, contact us at (202) 960-4596 for a free consultation.
Types of Serious Injuries Commonly Suffered in Taxi Accidents:
The types of injuries that may result from a taxi accident are similar to car accidents and may include:
- neck and back injuries
- soft tissue injuries, trauma to tendons, muscles, and ligaments
- lacerations, cuts, and bruises
- broken bones
The parts of the body most often injured are the head, neck, back, and spine.
Some injuries can be minor and some can be very serious, even fatal. Many injuries suffered in Washington DC taxi accidents have long-term consequences, ranging from discomfort to full disability. If you or a loved one were injured a Washington DC car accident lawyer can help you understand your rights and receive the compensation you deserve.
What to Do if You Are Injured in a Taxi Cab Accident
If you were involved as a passenger, pedestrian, taxi driver, or driver of another vehicle, report the incident as soon as possible to the police and the taxicab company. If the taxi was a rideshare program, like Uber and Lyft, accidents need to be reported using their apps.
You should also seek medical attention, even for injuries that seem minor. Many injuries seem minor at first, but become worse over time.
You can report the taxicab accident to your insurance company, but you do not have to speak to the cab driver, taxi company, Uber, Lyft, or their insurance. In fact, insurance companies often try to obtain information from victims to reduce any amount that you may be entitled to receive. This is one reason it is best to speak with an experienced Washington DC car accident attorney first, and let your lawyer speak with the insurance companies for you.
Why Should I Choose Regan Zambri Long?
The accomplished lawyers of Regan Zambri Long have over 100 years of collective experience representing victims of car accidents. We have recovered over $500 million for our clients. Our mission is to secure justice for people who have suffered harm. Once we accept a case, we commit to fighting for your rights.
We are respected throughout Washington DC by judges, lawyers, hospitals, doctors’ offices, and insurance companies for our ethical representation of clients. Our skilled attorneys are able to help victims throughout DC receive the compensation they deserve to cover medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
What Makes Regan Zambri Long Different From Other Washington DC Personal Injury Attorneys?
The lawyers of Regan Zambri Long are passionate about helping injury victims and their families put their lives back together and move forward in the best way possible. We have received many awards for our extensive personal injury negotiation and trial experience. Based upon decades of handling cases, our attorneys have been named as some of the best lawyers in the country. Regan Zambri Long attorneys have received the following accolades, among others:
- Listed in Best Lawyers for Washington DC for over 10 years
- 2020 Trial Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers
- “Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers and the National Law Journal
- 2021 Best Lawyer by Best Lawyers
- Top 10% Super Lawyers (out of 80,000 lawyers)
- AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Board certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a certification that less than 1% of lawyers have obtained
- Board-certified as a “Senior Specialist” in Civil Pretrial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
How Much Time Do I Have to Seek Compensation?
Do not wait. You must file your claim within a time period called the statute of limitations. In D.C., the statute of limitations for taxicab accidents is three years from the date of the accident. If you wait more than three years, you cannot file a lawsuit in court and the at-fault party will no longer be required to compensate you. There are exceptions to this rule, so you need to discuss your case with our car accident attorneys as soon as possible.
Who Is Required to Pay for Injuries Suffered in a Washington DC Taxi Accident?
Taxi companies are considered “common carriers” under Washington DC law. The taxicab company and taxi drivers must use reasonable care when operating their business and giving rides to passengers. The drivers must follow all traffic rules and drive safely. The taxi companies must maintain their vehicles so that faulty maintenance and equipment does not cause accidents. If the company or driver acts negligently or recklessly, they may be required to compensate you for any trauma you suffer.
In some cases, a third-party may cause the accident. This third-party could be the driver of the other vehicle involved. When a third-party caused the crash, they may have to compensate you for your losses and injuries.
Who Can Receive Compensation?
All injured parties are eligible to file a claim against the taxi company, the driver, or their insurance companies, including:
- taxi passenger
- other drivers involved
- motorcyclists, and
- family members of someone who died in the taxi accident.
How Much Money Will I Receive for My Injuries?
You may be entitled to recover damages for:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and future lost wages
- Damage to your vehicle
- Other expenses and costs incurred
The amount of money you might receive varies with the circumstances. Your lawyer can estimate the compensation you deserve by investigating the accident and conducting a financial analysis. Answers to these questions will help the lawyers of Regan Zambri Long to estimate the money you might receive:
- Bodily injury–how severe are your injuries?
- Did the accident lead to death?
- How long-lasting are your injuries?
- What was the cause of the accident?
- How much insurance coverage is available from the at-fault party’s insurance company?
What if I Was Injured in an Uber or Lyft Accident?
Uber and Lyft typically provide only one million dollars of insurance coverage for their drivers. This can sound like a lot of money, but if you or a loved one suffered serious trauma as a result of an Uber and Lyft car accident as a passenger or pedestrian or cyclist, costs for medical treatment, lost wages, and other expenses could be significantly more than one million dollars.
Uber and Lyft drivers also must have auto insurance. Unfortunately, many do not carry insurance that covers the business use of their cars because neither Uber nor Lyft requires it. If you are involved in an Uber and Lyft car accident, and the driver’s insurance policy does not provide business liability coverage, you may not be able to receive compensation for your injuries without an aggressive car accident attorney fighting for your rights.
These insurance issues can make it difficult to receive compensation from Uber or Lyft, or their drivers. If the companies offer no payment to you, or if they offer a payment too low to cover your medical and related expenses, the experienced attorneys at Regan Zambri Long can step in and help you get the help you deserve. Call for your free consultation.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Yes, especially if your medical bills are high and your injuries are serious or have lifetime consequences. Because of the three-year window for filing a claim in a Washington DC taxicab accident, it is crucial to discuss the accident with a Washington DC car accident lawyer as soon as possible. You must prove that the taxi driver or taxi company caused your injuries through negligence, driver error or recklessness. When you prove that, you will be proving who is the “at-fault party.”
You must also show that the at-fault party or the insurance company is required to pay for your losses under the circumstances of the taxicab accident. The experienced auto accident attorneys at Regan Zambri Long can help. We work to collect evidence and handle all discussions with witnesses, other attorneys, and insurance companies. Most importantly, we negotiate and advocate for you to obtain the settlement you deserve.
The sooner you hire a skilled local lawyer, the easier and more effectively your case can be resolved.
How Can I Afford the Lawyers at Regan Zambri Long?
When you or a loved one is suffering as a result of an accident, you may have mounting expenses and lost wages caused by your inability to work while you recuperate. Because of these challenges, we understand how difficult it is to carry on with normal life, both emotionally and financially, after an accident. That’s why the attorneys at Regan Zambri Long work for clients on a contingency fee basis. This means that we provide free case evaluation and once we take on your case, no attorney fees are charged to you until we recover funds in settlement or at trial on your behalf.
Consult with a Washington DC Taxi Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one were injured in a taxi accident, Uber or Lyft accident in Washington DC, or if a family member was killed in an accident, the experienced lawyers at Regan Zambri Long can explain your legal rights. We can talk to you about whether you can receive compensation. Obtaining the money you deserve for your injuries and losses after an accident can be complicated. Our lawyers will review the specifics of your accident, answer your questions, and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. Call (202) 960-4596 to contact Regan Zambri Long’s Washington DC car accident attorneys as soon as possible for a free, no-obligation free consultation to discuss your legal choices.