Taxi Crash Injury: Passenger Compensation Claim Despite No Seatbelt?

Find out whether you can claim compensation if your are injured in  a taxi accident whilst not wearing a seatbelt

Taxi accident crash victim question

I was in a taxi when it crashed causing long term damage to my back, can I still claim compensation even though I was not wearing my seatbelt?

 Road traffic accident solicitor response

As you are a passenger in a vehicle, which was involved in a road accident, which was not your fault you would be entitled to claim compensation from the driver who caused the accident – which would either be the taxi driver or other vehcile driver.

The fact that you were not wearing a seatbelt will not stop your entitlement to claim compensation, but could result in a reduction of the amount of compensation you could claim for what is known as contributory negligence.

In other words – your failure to wear a seatbelt will have rersulted in your suffering worse injuries. Failure to wear a seatbelt can result in a reduction in your compensation payments typically of up to 25%.

If the taxy driver – was aware you were not wearing a seatbelt and did not require you to do so and the crash was considered his responsibility – it is possible that you could receive all of your compensation without deduction as it could be argued he should have ensured that you were properly wearing your seatbelt at all times.

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