A Judge ruled yesterday that passengers that are raped in taxis are not entitled to compensation because sexual assault is not covered in an insurance policy for a taxi.
This judgment was reached as the victims of John Worboys, the taxi driver that became known as the ‘black cab rapist’, lost their battle for compensation against his motor insurer.
Swain & Co.’s specialist personal injury lawyers say that the outcome was unsurprising. The case was a landmark action relating to the liability of motor insurers over the injuries the women received and it went to the High Court.
It was argued that the taxi that Worboys’ used was a symbol of security to the unsuspecting young women and gave them a false sense of security that they were safe within it. The taxi was used as a lure and the women thought they were safe because it was a black cab operated by a licensed driver.
However, the Judge found that the bodily injuries that the women sustained did not arise out of Worboys’ vehicle on a road or other public place within the meaning of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and therefore they were not entitled to compensation.
This was not the answer that the victims were seeking, but we welcome the clarification on the term ‘arising from’ in the Road Traffic Act 1988.
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, then you would benefit for contacting Swain & Co.’s specialist personal injury team who can advise you on whether you are entitled to compensation.
We offer free initial advice, can act on a no win no fee basis and get you 100% of the compensation you deserve.
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