Find out whether you can claim compensation if your are injured in a taxi accident whilst not wearing a seat belt.
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 seat belt?
Taxi injury 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 vehicle driver.
The fact that you were not wearing a seat belt 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 seat belt will have resulted in your suffering worse injuries. Failure to wear a seat belt can result in a reduction in your compensation payments typically of up to 25%.
If the taxi driver – was aware you were not wearing a seat belt 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 seat belt at all times.