Teens who suffered head injuries after jumping out of moving taxi to avoid paying fare file lawsuit against driver


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By: Wayne Morin

Two teens who suffered life changing head injuries after jumping out of a moving taxi to avoid paying their fare, filed a lawsuit against the driver, claiming that he was negligent, according to court documents in the United Kingdom.

Now, a court in London, ruled that the driver cannot be held responsible for the injuries as the teens’ criminal actions led to their injuries.

According to the lawsuit, Joseph Beaumont and Lewis O’Neill entered the taxi of David Ferrer in Salford, along with their friends.

Ferrer, who was driving his Nissan Serena minivan, immediately realized that the teens are not planning to pay their fare. When Ferrer was stopped in Deansgate, several teens jumped out of the taxi.

Before Beaumont and O’Neill had a chance to jump out of the vehicle, Ferrer began driving away while the passenger door was still open.

Despite the risk, Beaumont and O’Neill jumped out of the moving vehicle. They landed on the ground and suffered severe head injuries.

The lawyers for the injured teens told the court that Ferrer was negligent in driving off with the door open and two of his passengers not wearing seat belts.

They claimed that Ferrer should have given in to the young criminals.

The court rejected their argument and sided with the taxi driver, saying that due to the teenagers' recklessness and criminal intent, they will not be compensated.