West Palm Beach Taxi Accident Lawyer
Experienced Attorneys Who Represent Victims Injured in West Palm Beach Taxi Accidents
As common carriers, taxi operators are held to a higher standard of care than ordinary drivers. In fact, taxicab companies have to adhere to certain laws, rules, and requirements as prescribed by the state of Florida. For example, they are expected to employ or contract with drivers who have a valid driver’s license. They are also expected to conduct background checks, as cab drivers should not have any convictions for felonies, violent crimes, sexual offenses, or drug offenses. Taxi companies are also expected to inspect and maintain their vehicles on a regular basis, to ensure they remain in good working condition.
Nevertheless, accidents do happen, and if you have been injured in a taxi accident anywhere in Palm Beach County you want a West Palm Beach taxi accident lawyer working on your behalf. At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., one of our dedicated attorneys can evaluate the circumstances surrounding your case and advise you of your options for pursuing legal action. Believe it or not, in many cases it isn’t readily apparent who liable for the damages—the driver, the insurance company, or the driver’s employer. Our attorneys have a combined 35 years of experience successfully advocating for our clients in taxi accident cases, and we can put our expertise to work for you to ensure that your rights are protected.
Duties of Taxi Drivers, Cab Companies in West Palm Beach Florida
As alluded to above, taxis must be registered with the state and comply with all relevant rules and regulations, not to mention federal and state traffic laws.
One of the main requirements that tax operators must satisfy concerns insurance. Specifically, a driver must have:
- A bodily injury liability (BIL) insurance policy that provides coverage of at least $125,000 per person.
- In addition, BIL coverage of at least $250,000 per accident.
Finally, a taxi driver’s policy also needs to include $50,000 in property damage liability (PDL) coverage.
It’s worth noting that many taxicab companies in Florida try to minimize their obligations by classifying their drivers as independent contractors, yet another reason why you want to have a qualified West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer representing your interests in any injury accident case.
Establishing Damages in a Florida Taxi Accident Lawsuit
Whether you were the victim of a rear-end collision, a side-impact collision, a head-on collision, or a distracted driving accident, Gonzalez & Cartwright can help you recover financial compensation for things like:
- Property damage
- Hospital bills
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Costs to modify your home following a severe injury
- Loss of past and future wages
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
We recognize how intimidating it can be to interact with an insurance carrier, especially if you do not speak English as a first language. At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we offer a safe, supportive environment, and many of our attorneys and staffers are bilingual. We also maintain an ongoing presence in the local Hispanic community. In fact, attorney Adriana Gonzalez devotes much of her free time to community service and is a past president of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association. She also serves on the Board of the Hispanic Education Coalition and the Palm Beach Coalition for Immigrant Rights.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a West Palm Beach Taxi Accident Lawyer Today
Best of all, it’s free to consult with one of the experienced attorneys at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. Simply contact our office by completing this online contact form to schedule an appointment. We are conveniently located in downtown Lake Worth, or we can travel to meet you in the hospital or at your home. Weekend and evening appointments are available as well.
Yes, if you were injured in a taxi accident you have four years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you are a family member of someone who died in a Florida taxi accident, you have two years from the date of the victim’s passing to bring a wrongful death suit against the “at-fault” party. Generally speaking, though, it’s best to contact a qualified attorney as soon possible after an accident, as an attorney can help to preserve important evidence and also help minimize many of the stressors associated with an accident.
Thanks to insurance—including your own insurance—there are often significant funds available to pay for medical expenses and to compensate you for lost income. However, insurance does not typically compensate you for pain and suffering. In fact, one of the potential advantages of filing a lawsuit is that it can expand the types of damages for which you may recover, including non-economic damages like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium.