If you were a passenger of the car or taxi cab that had a car accident, you do not need to prove that you were not responsible for the accident. Passengers are not considered responsible for any accident.
If you suffer an injury from a car accident, you can file a claim with the negligent driver’s insurance company or with your insurance company. However, if you were riding in a taxi cab at the time of the accident, your claim for compensation may be affected by a number of things. Let’s take a look at some of those factors.
If you were a passenger of the car or taxi cab that had a car accident, you do not need to prove that you were not responsible for the accident. Passengers are not considered responsible for any accident, because someone else was driving the car. The passengers have no control over how another person drives the car. Only drivers involved in the accident could be at fault for the accident. Lawyers and insurance companies determine which driver was at fault. If more than one driver was responsible for the accident, each driver involved will share negligence.
Fault or No-Fault State
In the state of Missouri, which is a fault state, it is mandatory for all drivers to carry third-party liability car insurance of up to $50,000. This means that if you get injured as a passenger in Missouri, the negligent driver’s insurance company is liable to pay your medical bills.
If there were more than one passenger in the car and if many of them suffered injuries, each passenger may claim compensation from the driver’s insurance company. However, the amount available from the driver’s insurance coverage may not be enough to cover all injured passengers’ medical bills. In such a situation, you may be asked to settle for a lump sum amount, which may not cover all your medical bills. If you disagree, you have the option to file a lawsuit against the negligent driver or the cab company.
Recovering Compensation After a Taxi Accident
Recovering compensation from a taxi-cab accident is not usually cut and dry. The driver could be working on his own or as an independent contractor renting from a fleet. He may even work for a taxi company; however, they may still list him as an independent contractor. Whatever the case may be, speaking with a qualified St. Louis car accident attorney is the first step towards receiving compensation for your injuries and losses.
After figuring out whom, if anyone, the taxi driver was working for, a car accident attorney will likely take a hard look at the driver’s record. Many taxi cab accidents are the result of distracted driving or a driver who was exhausted from working too many hours. The state of Missouri requires that cab drivers have a Class E license, so that will also be verified. No stone should be left unturned as your attorney investigates the cause of the accident and the driver who was responsible for it.
If the drivers of two or more cars were at fault for the accident, you as a passenger can claim compensation from each of the negligent drivers’ insurance companies. However, these types of cases could be complicated, because each insurance company may try to pass the responsibility to the other driver’s insurance company in an attempt to pay less compensation amount.
If both your car’s driver and another car’s driver are found guilty of negligent driving, your driver’s insurance company may refuse to pay you the full compensation amount. You may need to claim the remaining amount from another driver’s insurer. Here again the other car’s insurance company may refuse to pay more than a certain amount. In such a situation, you have mainly two options. You can accept a lump sum settlement amount from each driver’s insurance company or file a lawsuit against the insurers.
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