New York City Taxi Accident Lawyers

Injured in a Taxi Accident in New York? Call The Perecman Firm!

There are more than 13,000 taxis operating in New York City[1] and those taxis make a combined 485,000 trips per day[2]. A staple of life for many New Yorkers, taxis are both a necessity and a risk. With more than 90% of taxi pickups and drop-offs occurring in Manhattan, where our office is located, we are well acquainted with the potential for accidents and harm.

Our NYC taxi accident attorneys are no stranger to standing up to taxi drivers and companies for negligent behavior–with over half a billion dollars in results, careless drivers know who we are.

Not only are taxi passengers at risk, but also bicyclists, pedestrians, and other motorists. If you’ve been injured in a crash with a taxi, call us today! (212) 577-9325

Taxi Accident Statistics

  • Taxi passengers are twice as likely to suffer serious injuries in accidents than those involved in passenger car accidents[3].
  • Many injuries in taxi accidents are caused by the partitions in taxis. When taxis crash or stop suddenly, the passenger can sustain head, face, and upper body injuries.
  • Bicyclists are also at a great risk for crashes with taxis. In fact, they are twice as likely to collide with a cab than other vehicles.
  • Cabs have a 4.6 accident rate per million miles, livery cars (such as limos) have a 3.7 accident rate per million miles, and other vehicles have a 6.7 accident rate per million miles.
  • Someone who lives in Manhattan and takes an average of 100 taxi rides annually has a .4% chance of being injured in a taxi crash within a decade.

How are taxis regulated?

In New York City, private companies operate taxis and those taxis are licensed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), which is an arm of the New York City government. The TLC requires all yellow medallion taxis to go through a rigorous inspection process three times per year. These checks include things like making sure the safety features are functioning properly and detecting any leaks or irregularities. One cause for concern is the burgeoning number of boro taxis (green taxis) operating in the City of New York. According to the TLC, they will have to implement “express reinspection” to accommodate the nearly 18,000 new taxis poised to hit the streets in the coming years.

Accidents Between Bicyclists and Taxis

According to the United States Census Bureau[4], .8% of New York City’s 3,685,786 workers commute to work by bicycle. That’s about 29,486 bicyclists on the streets of New York City on any given day. Bicyclists in New York City are twice as likely to be involved in accidents with taxis than with regular passenger vehicles. Many of these accidents are “dooring” accidents, which happen when a taxi passenger opens their door right into a bicyclist’s path.

What to Do if Hit by a Cab in NYC

The TLC requires that taxi and livery vehicles operating in New York City must maintain a minimum of $100,000/$300,000 of insurance coverage[5]. Insurance would cover, at a minimum, up to $100,000 for an individual and $300,000 total per taxi accident. When injuries are catastrophic, accepting an insurance settlement may not be enough. The NYC taxi accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., can help you determine what your rights are after this type of accident. We invite you to contact us today for a free consultation!

[1] The State of the NYC Taxi

[2] Taxicab Fact Book

[3] The New York Times

[4] U.S. Census Data

[5] New York State Department of Financial Services