New York Taxi Accident Lawyer
In New York City, there are more than 13,000 medallion taxicabs that serve more than 240 million passengers each year. In most cases, these taxis transport passengers safely to their destinations. However, sometimes things go wrong. In fact, an average of 10 taxi accidents occur each day in New York City. Some are single-vehicle accidents, but some involve other passenger vehicles, motorcycles, bicycle riders and pedestrians. In 70 percent of these crashes, someone is hurt or killed.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a taxi accident in New York City, you may have a claim against the taxi driver and the company that employs the driver. An experienced New York City taxi accident attorney at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., can assist you in taking legal action to obtain compensation for your injuries.
New York City Taxi Safety Rules
Taxi drivers are expected to use a reasonable degree of caution when operating their vehicles. Because they transport passengers, taxi drivers must drive safely in order to protect not just other drivers on the road but also the passengers in the cab.
A number of laws in New York, including those found in Section 4-11 of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Traffic Rules, are designed to protect taxi passengers.
- Taxis picking up or dropping off passengers must be parallel to the curb and within 12 inches of it.
- Taxis may not pick up or discharge passengers in crosswalks, intersections, bike lanes or opposite street excavations.
- Passengers must get out of taxis at the curbside.
All of these rules are intended to ensure that passengers are not put into harm’s way when they exit a taxicab. Taxi drivers are also expected to obey all of the other rules of the road. This includes yielding when required, obeying speed limits, refraining from texting or talking on a handheld cell phone and obeying all traffic signals.
When a taxi driver breaks any of the rules of the road or drives in a careless or unsafe manner, the passengers in the cab are at risk. Drivers of other cars, pedestrians, motorcycle riders and bicycle riders are also in danger if a taxi driver is negligent.
Legal Responsibility for Taxi Accidents
A taxi driver that is negligent or careless behind the wheel or breaks any traffic safety laws can be held legally responsible for an accident that he or she causes. A taxi driver may be sued by passengers, pedestrians, occupants of other cars or anyone else injured in an accident caused by the taxi driver.
Taxi drivers are often employed by taxi companies. When taxi drivers are at work, they are acting as agents of the company that employs them. This means that their actions are seen as the actions of the company. When the taxi driver is negligent, the taxicab company is considered to be negligent and can be sued as a result.
In the event that another driver was responsible for the taxi accident, the passengers in the crash could also sue this third-party driver for the injuries that they sustained.
If you have been hurt in a taxi accident, you could be entitled to compensation for the losses arising from the crash.
Car Accident Compensation could include the payment of:
- All costs for medical treatment arising from your injuries. If you will need ongoing medical care in the future, these expected costs should also be covered.
- Repayment of all lost income if your injuries required you to miss work. You should also be compensated if you had to take vacation or sick days because of the accident. In the event that your injuries affect your ability to work or make it impossible for you to earn a living in the future, then you could receive payment for future lost income as well.
- Monetary damages for pain and suffering and emotional distress.
If the taxi accident results in death, the surviving family members of the person killed could take legal action to collect wrongful death damages.
Were You Hurt in a Taxi Accident? Call an Experienced Taxi Accident Lawyer in NYC Today
If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a New York City taxi crash and someone else was at fault, you could be entitled to compensation. The NYC personal injury attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., are skilled at evaluating traffic accident claims and have a track record of getting results for their clients. Call our firm today at 212-279-2000 or use our online contact form for a free evaluation of your case.