Have you recently been injured in a taxi accident in Baltimore, MD? Contact William G. Kolodner, P.A., for immediate legal assistance. You may be entitled to compensation, and our Baltimore taxi accident lawyers can help you fight to get every cent you deserve.
Our Baltimore law firm represents injury victims in taxi cab accidents in seeking fair financial compensation and justice.
How William G. Kolodner, P.A. Can Help with a Taxi Accident Case
Any car accident can be a traumatic experience. Maybe you were using a taxi to get to the airport, safely get around the city while drinking and having fun with friends, or get home. The next thing you know, you’re left with overwhelming injuries and a painful road ahead of you.
When your accident was caused by someone else, you have the right to file a personal injury claim to seek fair compensation for the damages you have sustained. Sadly, it’s not always easy for taxi accident victims to recover the compensation you deserve. The at-fault parties may deny responsibility and their insurance companies will fight your claim at every step. The insurance company may downplay your injuries or try to shift the blame.
At William G. Kolodner, P.A., we have been standing up for accident victims and taking on insurance companies since 1977. Our family-run law firm brings more than a century of combined experience to fight for you and protect your rights.
When you choose a Baltimore personal injury attorney at William G. Kolodner, P.A. to represent you, you can expect us to:
- Listen to your perspective and your concerns
- Conduct a thorough investigation into your accident
- Gather evidence to prove the extent of your injuries
- Establish who was at fault for your accident and identify potential sources of compensation
- Work with medical and accident reconstruction experts for an in-depth analysis of your case
- Fight claims by the insurance companies that you are responsible for your injuries
- Handle the administrative aspects of your case
- Negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company for a fair settlement offer
At William G. Kolodner, P.A., we will work tirelessly to prepare your claim. If we cannot reach a fair settlement with the insurance company, we are not afraid to take your case before a jury.
The Baltimore taxi accident lawyers at William G. Kolodner, P.A. have represented countless clients in court with a reputation as successful trial lawyers. We are here to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact our law office today to schedule your initial free consultation.
What Causes Taxi Accidents in Baltimore?
Taxicab accidents have many of the same causes as other car accidents in Baltimore. While there are some outside factors that can cause an accident, such as dangerous road conditions or defective car parts, most accidents are caused by human error and negligence.
The following are some of the most common causes of Maryland taxi accidents.
Distracted driving is responsible for 27,000 injuries and about 180 deaths in Maryland every year. Distracted driving can be as dangerous or more dangerous than drunk driving, reducing a driver’s attention to the road and reaction time. Distractions like using a cell phone or chatting with vehicle occupants can be responsible for a life-changing injury on congested Baltimore roadways.
Every year, more than 900 people are hurt or killed by drunk drivers in the Baltimore area. While you are being safe and using a taxi to get around the city, an irresponsible driver can change your life.
Speeding is a common factor in traffic accidents and responsible for one-third of all traffic deaths across the country. Across Maryland, there are nearly 13,000 accidents involving speeding every year.
Other Factors That Contribute to Taxi Accidents
In addition to speeding, drunk driving, and distracted driving, other factors may contribute to a traffic accident such as:
- Hazardous road conditions
- Aggressive driving
- A driver running a red light or stop sign
- Failure to yield
- Defective vehicle components
Have you been seriously injured in a taxi accident? Contact William G. Kolodner, P.A. today to schedule your free consultation. We will investigate your accident to determine how it happened and hold the responsible parties accountable.
Common Injuries in Taxi Accidents
As with other car accidents, the injuries sustained in a taxi accident can be serious and life-changing. Even at low speeds on congested Baltimore roads, a crash can cause life-threatening injuries. Some of the most common injuries we see among victims in taxi accidents include:
- Facial injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
Have you been seriously injured in a taxi accident in Baltimore? At William G. Kolodner, P.A., we are here to fight for you. We understand how life-changing an accident can be and we are here to go up against the insurance company for you.
Taxis Are Common Carriers in Maryland
Under Maryland law, taxi cabs are considered common carriers along with trains and commercial buses. Common carriers owe a heightened duty to their passengers under the law.
This heightened duty means that taxicab drivers and taxi companies must exercise the most diligence and care available to safely transport passengers. This duty is in effect when the vehicle is in motion and when the vehicle is stopped. The duty to a passenger begins when a passenger has paid the fare or a prospective passenger enters the taxi, a waiting room, or facility maintained by the carrier.
Common carrier law means that not just the taxicab driver can be responsible for negligence; the taxi company may also be held liable for the negligence of their employees. This is crucial as it potentially gives you an additional avenue to seek fair compensation. While an individual usually does not have the insurance coverage for a very serious injury, a company’s larger commercial policy likely will.
In many cases, however, an accident is caused not by the taxi driver or the taxi company but a third-party driver. In this case, you can pursue compensation from the at-fault driver and their insurance company.
Damages Available in a Taxi Accident in Baltimore
A taxi accident can be emotionally, psychologically, and financially devastating. According to the National Safety Council, the average traffic accident with moderate injuries results in $27,800 in economic damages. An accident that results in disability causes an average of $96,200 in damages.
This is only an average economic cost and it does not consider the significant non-economic damages you may face like pain and suffering.
When your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you should not need to face these significant financial costs. Our Baltimore taxi accident injury lawyers are here to help you hold the responsible parties accountable. We will help you pursue all of the financial compensation you are entitled to receive.
There are two broad types of compensation you can recover after a taxi accident: economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages refer to damages with a clear financial value. This can include:
- Medical expenses including emergency treatment and transportation, diagnostic tests, surgery, follow-up care, and medication
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Lost wages during your recovery
- Reduced or lost earning capacity if you are left disabled
- Lost employment benefits
There are also non-economic damages you may recover. These are damages that do not have an intrinsic financial value. Non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In Maryland, non-economic damages are capped at $875,000. There is no limit on economic damages, however.
Contact a Baltimore Taxi Accident Lawyer Today
Have you been seriously injured in a taxi accident as a passenger? At William G. Kolodner, P.A., we will fight tirelessly for you to seek the full compensation you deserve for your injuries. As an innocent victim in an accident, you do not deserve an uncertain financial future and costly medical expenses.
Our family-run law firm has over 100 years of combined experience representing accident victims against insurance companies. We will work to identify the party or parties responsible for your accident and build your case to seek the compensation you deserve.
Contact William G. Kolodner, P.A. today to schedule a free case review with an experienced taxi accident lawyer in Baltimore so we can fight for you.