Can a Taxi Passenger Pursue a Whiplash Claim?

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If you are injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, you can pursue a compensation claim for the damage you have suffered. Remember, you do not have to be the person driving the vehicle to take legal action; even if you were a passenger in a taxi, you will be entitled to claim for any injury you have wrongfully sustained. It is in your best interest to speak to an attorney as soon as possible.

Taxi Passenger Whiplash Claims

Incidents of taxi passenger whiplash unfortunately happen all too frequently, and we often receive inquiries from injured passengers asking whether or not they are able to pursue a claim. The simple answer is yes: if you have suffered whiplash in an accident for which someone else is to blame, you will be considered a victim of personal injury. It is, therefore, your legal right to recover compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of finance you have incurred.

Furthermore, it does not matter whether the person at fault was your taxi driver or another road user. It will of course be necessary to establish which party is liable, as this will determine who you claim against. For example, if your taxi driver was driving erratically or without due care or attention, thereby causing an accident in which you suffer whiplash, your claim will be dealt with by his or her motor insurer. On the other hand, if another road user is responsible for your injury, you will need to obtain their details. These must include their name, registration number and contact number. If they fled from the scene of the accident or do not have a valid insurance policy, you will still be able to make a claim, but it must be taken through the Motor Insurance Bureau.

However, what happens if you were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident? It is not unusual for people to jump into the back of a cab and forget to put their seat belt on. But will you still be able to claim if your failure to wear a seat belt contributed towards your whiplash injury? Again, the answer is yes: as a passenger, you cannot be held responsible for the accident, even if you were not wearing a seat belt. Nevertheless, there will be a case of ‘contributory negligence’, meaning your injuries were partly caused by your failure to take the necessary safety precautions. Consequently the sum of compensation will be considerably less.

Seek Early Legal Assistance

If you have been injured while you were traveling as a passenger in a taxi, it is vital you seek early legal advice. A solicitor who specializes in whiplash claims will be able to advise you upon what action to take next. If this involves making a claim, you could stand to receive a significant sum of compensation for the physical, emotional and financial damages you have endured.

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High Stakes and Heavy Machinery: Avoiding Workplace Injuries on US Oil Fields

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Oil field jobs consistently rank among the most dangerous globally. In fact, over 4,000 oil field workers were hurt in 2007 during their daily routines, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s not a coincidence that oil field workers receive so many injuries because there are numerous hazards in their work environment including flammable substances, toxic chemicals, heavy machinery, high platforms, and more.  If you are injured, contact the personal injury lawyers at The Clark Law Office for more information and learn how to protect your rights. While exercising caution at all times should keep most workers out of the hospital, here are some specific ways to make oil fields safer for the good people who work there.

Make Wearing Protective Gear Mandatory

There is no excuse for not wearing protective clothing and equipment while working on an oil field. This is especially true when one must complete tasks in areas with many known hazards. Shielding oneself from head to toe with anti-flammable jackets and pants, hard hats, safety goggles, gloves, work boots, and other gear should be required at every oil field. Employees who come unprepared or unwilling to abide by safety protocols should be denied entrance to the field and sent home without pay. Keep a close eye on the functionality of machinery and equipment Mining for oil requires the use of various machines, vehicles, and tools. All of these things are shared between hundreds if not thousands of workers to get the job done. Since these machines see frequent use, they can degrade quickly to become less efficient, inoperable, or even dangerous. Always test to verify that the equipment is functional and in good working condition before using it. Look out for suspicious signs such as wear, breakage, improper fit, rattling, excessive noise, smoke, sparks, and more using monitoring tools from GV Sensors or any other reputable provider of machine safety and diagnostic equipment.

Ensure that all employees are well-trained

Oil field jobs are specialized ones the require a lot of training. Not just anybody can show up and get things done competently. All new workers should receive extensive training under the supervision of an experienced worker before being allowed to work on their own. Supervisors should also be aware of employee competencies so that workers can be placed in the most fitting positions. This will help to keep them safe while increasing productivity on the oil field. Approximately five percent of all oil field workers are injured as a result of some kind of accident every year. Since the nature of the work is dangerous, oil field accidents have a higher chance of occurring than those in many other work environments. However, they can still be avoided when the proper precautionary measures are taken.

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