What Is The Average Settlement For A Taxi Cab Accident?

By Danielle Newton. Last Updated 27th April 2023. This guide explores the average taxi cab accident settlement and how compensation is calculated by taking into consideration different factors.

Average Settlement For A Taxi Cab Accident

Additionally, we will discuss when you could be eligible to make a road traffic accident claim, the evidence you could gather to support your case and how a No Win No Fee solicitor could benefit your case.

All road users owe one another a duty of care. If they fail to fulfil this, it could lead to you sustaining harm in an accident on the road. We will explore the different ways a taxi accident could occur and the harm you could sustain as a result.

Furthermore, we will examine the changes brought in by The Whiplash Reform Programme and whether they could affect how you make your claim.

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  1. The Average Settlement For A Taxi Cab Accident
  2. Who Could Claim For A Taxi Cab Accident?
  3. Who Do You Claim Against In A Taxi Passenger Accident?
  4. Evidence To Support Road Traffic Accident Claims
  5. Injuries Caused By Taxi Cab Accidents
  6. Make A No Win No Fee Claim For A Taxi Accident
  7. Learn More About Road Traffic Accident Claims

The Average Settlement For A Taxi Cab Accident

So, what is the average settlement for a taxi cab accident?

It can be difficult to provide a definitive figure relating to the average taxi cab accident settlement as several factors are considered when valuing claims, including the severity of injuries sustained and the future prognosis. As such, each road traffic accident settlement is unique.

Generally, though, the road accident compensation payout you could be entitled to if you are injured in a taxi cab accident may be split into two heads of claim. You could receive a payout for any pain and suffering that is sustained due to your injuries under the general damages head of claim. This accounts for both physical and psychological injuries. 

We have compiled a table using guideline compensation amounts from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a document that legal professionals use to assist them when valuing general damages. 

While all the entries in the table come from the JCG, the last two entries in the table come from the tariff set out in the Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021. We have provided further guidance on this piece of legislation in the following section.

Injury Notes Compensation amount
Head Very severe (a): There may be some ability to follow basic commands as well as recovery of eye opening and return of sleep and waking patterns. However, the person will need full time care. £282,010 to £403,990
Neck Severe (a) (i): A neck injury connected to incomplete paraplegia or causing incomplete spastic quadriparesis. In the region of
£148,330
Arm Severe (a): An extremely severe injury that is shy of amputation but leaves the injured party little better off than if one had taken place. £96,160 to £130,930
Chest (b) A traumatic injury to the chest, lungs and/or heart which causes damage of a permanent nature. £65,740 to £100,670
Chest (d) An injury that causes some permanent damage to tissue with no considerable impact on long-term lung function. £12,590 to £17,960
Leg Severe (b) (ii): Very serious injuries that lead to mobility issues. £54,830 to £87,890
Hand (e) An injury that reduces the injured hand to around 50% capacity. £29,000 to £61,910
Ankle Severe (b): An injury leading to a an extensive period of treatment and or a prolonged period in plaster or where pins and plates have been inserted. £31,310 to £50,060

One or more whiplash injuries Symptoms last between 18-24 months. £4,215
One or more whiplash injuries with one or more psychological injuries Symptoms last between 18-24 months. £4,345

Moreover, special damages could also be included in your payout. This head of claim aims to reimburse you for any financial losses that are sustained due to your injuries. This could include losses, such as: 

  • Loss of earnings 
  • The cost of home adaptations 
  • Care costs 
  • Medical expenses 
  • Travel expenses 

For a better idea as to how much compensation you could be entitled to, please speak with an advisor from our team. 

The Whiplash Reform Programme

The Whiplash Reform Programme has changed how road traffic accident claims for whiplash and soft tissue injuries valued at £5,000 or less are made. As of the 31st of May 2021, any passenger or driver over the age of 18 with whiplash injuries valued at £5,000 or less is required to claim via the government’s Official Injury Claims portal. 

If this applies to you, your injuries will then be valued in line with the tariff established in The Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021. Furthermore, these tariff amounts will still be used to value whiplash injuries in claims that do not need to be made via the government’s official portal. 

For example, in cases where you have sustained other injuries in addition to whiplash that take the total value of the claim over £5,000, you would not need to claim through the government’s official portal. However, the whiplash tariff would still apply to your whiplash injuries. This is because the tariff applies to all vehicle occupants. Any other injuries not included in the tariff will be valued in the traditional way.

To find out how much your claim could be worth, please get in touch with our team. They can provide an estimate and assess whether you would need to claim through the government portal. Call on the number above for more information.

Who Could Claim For A Taxi Cab Accident?

The duty of care that is owed by road users is outlined by the Road Traffic Act 1988. There is also guidance for different road users provided by The Highway Code, as well as rules, some of which are backed up by law. If another road user failed to uphold the duty of care they owed and you experienced injuries as a result, this is known as negligence, for which you could make a road traffic accident claim.

Additionally, you must begin your claim within the 3-year time limit that is set out by the Limitation Act 1980. This could start from the date of the accident or when you connected your injuries to the breach of duty of care. 

Examples of how an accident could occur on the road include:

  • Your taxi cab driver does not check that the road is clear before pulling out at a junction. Consequently, a van t-bone’s your vehicle. As a result, you endure a shoulder injury and a hand injury
  • Another road user is intoxicated while driving. Due to this, they swerve into your lane and collide with your taxi cab. Subsequently, you suffer a head injury
  • Another road user does not see you stopped at a red light because they are not concentrating. As a result, they rear-end the vehicle, and you sustain a neck injury. 

For more information on when you could be eligible to seek compensation, get in touch on the number above. An advisor can also discuss the average taxi cab accident settlement in more detail.

Who Do You Claim Against In A Taxi Passenger Accident?

If you suffered injuries in a road traffic accident, you may wonder who you make your taxi passenger accident claim against. As we discussed above, you are owed a duty of care as a passenger in a taxi. If you suffer injuries in a taxi cab accident due to a breach of this duty of care, your claim will be made against the road user who breached their duty of care. This could be against the taxi driver or other road user.

For example, if your taxi driver was distracted and not paying attention to the road due to texting and driving, and they crash into another car, causing you to become injured, you would make your claim against the taxi driver.

However, if another driver failed to check if a junction was clear before pulling out, causing them to crash into the taxi you were in and you suffer an injury, you would make your claim against the other driver.

Call our advisors to learn more about car accident claims. They could also give you free advice for your potential claim.

Evidence To Support Road Traffic Accident Claims

Gathering evidence is an effective way of proving that negligence occurred. You can do this in the following ways:

  • Seeking medical attention for your injuries and keeping hold of medical records 
  • Acquiring CCTV footage of the incident 
  • Taking photographs of your injuries or the scene of the accident 
  • Gathering contact details of witnesses for statements to be taken 
  • Keeping a diary of injuries and symptoms as well as information on your mental state 
  • Recording any financial losses through receipts, or bank statements 

A road accident solicitor from our panel can help you gather evidence. Please get in touch with our team of advisors to find out more. 

Injuries Caused By Taxi Cab Accidents

Depending on the severity of the road traffic accident you are involved in, you could sustain many different types of injuries. Examples of the injuries you could sustain in a taxi cab accident include:

  • Breaks and fractures
  • Sprains and strains
  • A head or brain injury
  • Nerve damage
  • Dislocations
  • Tendon or ligament injuries
  • Scrapes, cuts and similar wounds

The nature of your injuries is taken into consideration when valuing your payout. Therefore, it is difficult to provide an average taxi cab accident settlement as the compensation you receive can depend on your unique circumstances. 

Call our team to discuss how your settlement could be calculated and the factors that may be considered.

Make A No Win No Fee Claim For A Taxi Accident

Whilst it can be difficult to provide an average taxi cab accident settlement, a solicitor from our panel can help to accurately value your claim. Furthermore, they can help you through the different stages of the claims process.

Generally, the solicitors from our panel work via a No Win No Fee agreement. There are different types, including a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) which they could offer you.

This means you won’t have to pay for the services that are provided by them upfront or during your claim. Additionally, you typically do not have to pay for the services provided by your solicitor if your claim is lost.

If your claim is won will you be required to pay a success fee from the compensation you are awarded. This is legally capped, which ensures you receive the majority of your compensation. 

If you would like to find out whether you are entitled to be represented on this basis, please get in touch with our advisors. 

Contact Us

As previously mentioned, our advisors can assist you with a free consultation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you would like to find out whether you have an eligible road traffic accident claim, please get in touch. You can do so by: 

  • Calling 0800 408 7825
  • Using our live chat feature at the bottom of the screen 
  • Filling out our ‘contact us form online 

Learn More About Road Traffic Accident Claims

We have included some of our own guides relative to road traffic accident claims below: 

Moreover, we have provided you with additional external resources that might be helpful: 

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