Bicycle Accident Lawyers Handling Taxi Crashes
If you were hurt in Chicago, our attorneys can help
There are thousands of taxis operating on the streets of Chicago. It only takes one act of negligence to cause a bicycle crash that leaves a bicyclist with serious injuries. Recovering financial compensation after a taxi or cab crash can be complicated. The experienced bicycle accident attorneys at Keating Law Offices, P.C. can help.
The taxicab business is very competitive and has only gotten more competitive with the emergence of Uber and Lyft. Taxi drivers feel pressured to take on as many fares as possible and to get customers to their destinations as quickly as possible. As a result, they may drive too fast, or drive recklessly. They may be distracted. The result is often a crash that leaves bicyclists hurt.
No matter how much pressure taxi drivers are under, there is never any excuse for driving negligently. Under Illinois law, taxi companies are “common carriers” and must use the highest level of care to protect their passengers. Part of this care always involves driving responsibly and following the rules of the road.
Attorneys who fight for the rights of the injured
In a taxi accident, bicyclists can suffer a wide range of injuries. These include head and neck injuries, concussions, nerve damage, a dislocated collarbone, broken bones, and cuts and bruises. Recovery may take months or even years. Some crash victims never fully recover and are left with a permanent disability.
One of the reasons why recovering financial compensation after a taxi accident is complicated is because there are many different parties involved. These can include the driver, the taxi company, and drivers of any other vehicles in the crash. Each can have their own insurance company and their own lawyers.
That is why you need a bicycle accident attorney with experience handling complicated cases. Our firm knows how to hold negligent parties accountable. We’re proud to have helped hundreds of injured bicyclists in Chicago and throughout Illinois recover the financial compensation they deserve.
We start by investigating your crash ourselves. Our legal team gathers evidence, such as traffic camera footage and taxi company records. We carefully review accident reports, medical records and other documentation. We identify and interview witnesses. If needed, we consult accident reconstruction experts and other specialists.
Lawyers with the experience that gets results
Our attorneys identify the negligent parties. This often includes the driver, for operating the taxi irresponsibly. It could also include the taxi company, for failing to hire qualified drivers, for example. We help you take legal action against all negligent parties and demand financial compensation for the injuries you suffered.
This includes compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to your injury. It includes lost wages if your injuries left you unable to return to your job. Depending on your situation, we may also seek compensation for other damages, such as disability, loss of future earnings, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
If you were injured in a taxi accident, it’s important to get legal advice as soon as possible. You generally have two years from the date of your bicycle accident to take legal action to seek financial compensation. It is only one year if it is a state or local municipality. While there are some exceptions for minors and disabled people, in any event, it is important that you act quickly. Over time, evidence can be lost or destroyed, and the memories of witnesses can fade.
Our goal is to help you recover maximum compensation, either through a negotiated settlement or a jury verdict. Learn more about how we can help you with your case. Talk to one of our bicycle accident attorneys during a free consultation. Contact us today.