I just finished a trial against "Yellow Cab", they should be sued as Irving Holdings, Inc and the driver. They claim the driver is an independant driver, but you should be able to defeat this claim. In Dallas-Ft Worth Irving Holdings, Inc. self insures the first $250k in damages then they have coverage for the next $250k.
The city requires the coverage and the cab company relies on the City to inspect the vehicles. These are more complicated caes than a standard car wreck, and you should consult/hire an attorney familiar with the cab business. The Cab company has very safisticated lawyers and adjuster. Max Romero jusr retired from the company. Good luck.
If you have that serious of an injury--you need a personal injury attorney on your side. This is not the kind of case you want to venture through alone. Call one of us who do personal injury in Texas for a free consultation. Hope this helps.
You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statement to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com dealing with many of the issues you are now facing. The Guides can be accessed through my profile page on Avvo.com.
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Most cab companies self insure their independent contractor cabdrivers. These are tricky cases, and you must typically sue the cabdriver as well as the correct cab company. Cab cases are not do-it-yourself matters. Hire a lawyer.
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There is no limit. If you do not get an attorney, you will probably get very little. If you get a board certified personal injury lawyer, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Taxi cases are tricky for technical reasons.
This is not legal advice. You should always discuss the specifics of your issue in person with an attorney. Be aware that there are time limits on all claims that depend on the kind of claim, so do not delay in seeking an attorney.
If you have not already done so, retain a local personal injury. He/she will be able to obtain insurance omits through discovery or even just by contacting the insured's insurance company. In my past experience, taxi cabs usually carry minimum liability policies, so you may want to consider a under insured motorist claim if that is the case (provided you insurance coverage allows for same). In any event, make sure you see an attorney and make sure you get to the right doctors and follow their treatment plans for you.
First, I am very sorry to hear about your injury and possible disability. You are about to interact with the civil justice system and for that reason I strongly encourage you to hire a personal injury specialist to assit you in this matter. Second, your question is very vague as to the details of the collision, so it is hard to give you any real advice about settlement opportunities. However, generally speaking you will need to keep the following things in mind:
1. Most cabs are self-insured so you will be dealing with the cab company directly if that is the case. Cabs get sued often and they normally have a law firm on retainer that will defend the cab driver, despite the fact that they will maintain that the cab driver is an independant contractor and that there is no liability against the owner/operator. Texas law provides that drivers have 30K in liablity insurance, minimum.
2. Since you mention a disability claim, if you were working at the time of the collision, you may have been in the course and scope of employment. If so, you need to find out if your employer had worker's compensation insurance or any other alterntaive defined benefit plan that may be used to cover your medical bills, lost wages and other damages.
Finally, if your collision occurred in Texas, you have two years from the date of the incident to file a a lawsuit or your case will be time barred regardless of the merits. Best wishes for your recovery and this claim.
I will be glad to consult with you free of charge. I actually used to work for an insurance company here in the Dallas area that insured many of the cab companies in town. I regularly worked on accident claims involving cabs. I will tell you this: Cab companies tend to be very unscrupulous in car accident cases. I would advise that you DO NOT handle this matter yourself. You should, at least, consult with a lawyer and hire the one that you feel most comfortable with.
Hi. There's some good news and bad news here. First, the bad news. Cab companies are notoriously difficult to deal with. I would always recommend hiring a lawyer in a personal injury case, but in your situation it is an absolute must. The good news is that there is no cap on damages in a case like this. Above all else, hire a reputable personal injury lawyer. Let us know if we can help.
You have received good advice from my colleagues. Please make sure you continue to care for and treat your injuries. I suggest you also immediately retain an attorney who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization to pursue your claim. Cab cases can have many pitfalls because of how the cabs are insured and other issues. Please do not attempt to handle this case on your own. Good luck. www.urhurt.com
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Can cases require you to sue the driver and can company. There are some tricks to getting more than the minimum self insurance that most cab companies have. I recommend you stop talking to the cab company immediately and call a lawyer. If you have Any other questions ease add a call or simply ask. Thank you.
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