November 27, 2012
Crashed in a Cab? Call an Attorney!
By Jonathan Damashek
When you are riding in a taxi cab in a big city, you are at the mercy of the driver that you are paying to transport you. If that driver is not safe, or is too aggressive with others, then you may be injured in a taxi cab incident. In this situation, you have the right to sue the taxi cab company or the driver for any accidents that were their fault. You will need a New York City personal injury lawyer in order to make this happen. A recent study shows that more than 241 million people ride in New York City Yellow Cabs every since year in New York City. There are about 470,000 taxi cab trips in the city of New York every single day, and every single person in one of these cabs is at risk to an accident while inside. A large number of commuters in New York use cabs to get to and from work or other appointments, so the potential for an accident is common.
Drivers in New York are very aggressive, and may clip another car or plow into a slow vehicle in order to make a point. Yet this can be dangerous can cause the passengers to suffer serious injuries. From whiplash to brain damage any injury that is obtained in a taxi cab can be viable. One study shows that about 11 taxis are involved in accidents every day. Sometimes the taxis crash into each other, other times they hit a bicyclist, pedestrian, or another car. In the year 1999, 4,300 accidents were reported involving taxi cabs and 70 percent of these resulted in a personal injury or a death.
In taxi cabs, the passengers rarely wear seatbelts. This adds another danger that can cause passengers to be thrown to the windows or hit their heads on the side of the car. A NYC Taxi Cab Book says that taxi cab accidents are most common in Manhattan, compared to the boroughs in New York City such as the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, or Staten Island. This is because Manhattan is the most populated portion of New York City and the streets are most congested in this area.
In one year, 538 pedestrians were injured by taxi cabs who failed to stop for them as they were crossing the road, and four pedestrians were killed because of aggressive cab drivers who did not stop for them. In New York City, almost every crosswalk is outfitted with a pedestrian crossing light. If people who are walking on the sidewalk don’t adhere to these traffic signals, then they run the risk of being hit. There are also times that the taxi cabs fail to adhere to a traffic signal and instead blow through a red light, striking people that are walking across the street. In one year, 282 bicyclists were hit by taxi drivers.
Many people assume that taxi cab accidents are always minor collisions like fender benders. As a result, they may assume that passengers in the cars are not harmed or are not significantly injured in the crashes. Yet studies show that about 11.5 percent of all rear-seat taxi passengers that were involved in taxi cab accidents sustained a Class A or Class B injury. These include damaging injuries like brain damage, burns contusions, abrasions, internal injuries, and fractures.
These are serious injuries that can come with medical bills. You may have to take time off work if you are harmed in a taxi cab accident in order to recover. The money that you lose and the pain and suffering you experience should not go unnoticed. Instead, you should contact a personal injury attorney and seek compensation from the person who is responsible for your injuries. This is especially true if you can prove that these injuries could have been avoided.
If you are involved in a taxi cab accident, make sure to document as much information as possible. You will want to make sure you get your driver’s name and telephone number and taxi cab registration number. You should also get the name and phone number of the taxi cab company that employed your driver. You will then need to document the name and contact information of any other drivers that were involved in the accident and document the name and contact information of any witnesses that could help you when you take the issue to court. If you have a camera handy or have a camera on your cell phone, snap pictures of the accident. This will help you to document the evidence and prove what happened if the taxi cab driver chooses to be dishonest in court.
Taxi cab accidents are often more difficult to litigate than car accidents are. This is because taxi cab companies often have their own attorneys and affiliates at insurance companies that will defend the company vehemently. If you choose to go up against a cab company because of your injuries, then you need to make sure that you have a hardworking attorney that you can rely on. Hecht Kleeger & Damashek can be that attorney for you. This firm is dedicated to pursuing their client’s needs in almost any situation. Check them out on Facebook if you want more information about this firm or want to read interesting news stories and blogs about personal injury in New York City. You can also follow the firm on Twitter if you want more information about personal injury recalls or dangers. The firm also updates their Twitter with accomplishments that they have made. Hecht Kleeger & Damashek also have a Google+ that they update regularly. If you want more information about the firm, feel free to contact them today and get an attorney on your side you can represent who in your New York taxi cab accident.