Four Manhattan taxicab collisions occur in one day
In the space of 24 hours on February 24, four taxi accidents occurred in Manhattan.
As reported by the New York Post:
1. At 1:48 a.m. at Third Avenue and East 27th Street, a woman died after a taxi pinned her to a utility pole. The taxi had careened out of control after being bumped from behind by a 2010 Honda pulling out of a parking spot. The victim bled to death from a severe leg injury. The cab driver was not charged but the driver of the Honda was ticketed for failure to yield.
2. At 2:31 a.m. at Sixth Avenue and West 23rd Street, a 22-year-old woman suffered a broken pelvis when she was struck by a taxi. The driver was not charged.
3. At 7:42 a.m. on Park Avenue near 75th Street, a taxi driver smashed his taxi into a utility pole after running up on the median and hitting a tree. He suffered minor injuries.
4. At 6:45 p.m. on West 181st Street in Washington Heights, a 59-year-old woman was hit by a Ford Escape yellow cab. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Lincoln Hospital. The cab driver was not charged.
When a person is hurt or killed by the negligence of another, that person or his or her family may have a personal injury claim. Taxi passengers who have been injured while riding in a cab and individuals who have been harmed in collisions with taxis should contact a New York auto accident lawyer.
Taxi and auto accidents caused by negligence
New York City has more taxis than any city in America. When an accident takes place because of the negligence or careless driving of a taxi cab driver, and someone gets injured, that person has the right to seek compensation for their losses. These losses may include coverage of medical expenses, property damage, and lost wages. In some cases, those injured in taxi and auto accidents can also be awarded compensation for pain, suffering and even potential future income lost because injuries sustained in the accident were permanently disabling.
In addition to taxi accidents caused by the negligence of the driver, other taxi accident claims include:
- Taxi accidents caused by the negligence of drivers other than the cab driver
- Foot crush injuries caused when a taxi cab driver abruptly drives away, perhaps in swift pursuit of another fare
- Sudden stops that cause taxi cab passengers to suffer injuries
New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission requires that all yellow taxi cabs and all licensed car services carry insurance coverage. This may make reaching a settlement less complicated and speed up the procedure. However, the risk of getting a less-than-fair amount increases if a person chooses not to use a lawyer to negotiate. Insurance companies are known to chip away fair compensation payments by pressuring victims to accept quick payments, if those seeking compensation deal with the insurers directly.
Getting the most compensation following a New York taxi accident
New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission requires that all taxi cabs and licensed car services carry liability insurance with a $100,000 minimum and a $300,000 maximum coverage per person in an accident.
It may sound like a lot at first, but when injuries are severe, medical expenses can soar.
An experienced and knowledgeable auto accident lawyer can help one obtain maximum compensation for the accident injuries. Available sources of compensation, in addition to insurance coverage from the taxi company, may include:
- A personal injury lawsuit against the driver or other responsible party
- The victim’s personal car insurance policy
- The city of New York which may have been negligent in the maintenance of streets, roads, street signage, etc.
People injured as a taxi passenger, struck by a taxi while driving, or hit by a taxi as a pedestrian or cyclist should contact The Perecman Firm. New York auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm have handled thousands of auto accident cases throughout the state.