More than half a million passengers ride in New York City taxicabs every day. Most taxicab drivers may have a vast understanding of our local roadways and possess the experience necessary to avoid preventable accidents. However, taxi drivers often put their passengers in harm's way by exceeding the speed limit, rushing through busy intersections and making poor choices. When New York taxicab accidents do occur, it is often the passengers who suffer.
The experienced New York City car accident attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP have a long and successful track record of helping injured victims and their families secure just compensation for all of their losses. We can help you too. Please contact us to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.
All injured victims of traffic collisions have the right to file a claim against the party responsible for the crash. This right extends to passengers who are injured in taxicab accidents. You can file a claim to receive compensation for your injuries if:
- The driver dropped you off at an unsafe location
- The taxi ran over your foot while driving away
- The taxi driver caused an accident by behaving carelessly or recklessly
- The taxi driver was operating the vehicle under the influence
- The driver was distracted or inattentive
- A taxi driver struck you as you were legally crossing the street
- Another driver crashed into the taxi in which you were a passenger
All yellow taxicabs as well as licensed car services in New York City are required to carry a minimum of $100,000 for individuals and $300,000 for groups. What this means is that if an individual passenger is injured in a taxicab or car service accident, the maximum insurance coverage would be $100,000. If more than one person was injured, the group would be eligible for a maximum insurance coverage of $300,000. However, private, unlicensed cabs, also known as "gypsy cabs" in New York City do not abide by this requirement. These taxicabs only have a minimum liability coverage requirement of $25,000 for individuals and $50,000 for groups.
Whether you are a passenger who has been injured while riding in a taxicab or a pedestrian who has been struck and injured by a taxicab, you have legal rights. Call a NY taxi accident attorney at (212) 986-7353 for help.
Taxicabs are popular throughout the Big Apple, but they are particularly vital to the workers, residents and visitors of New York City. According to the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission, there are more than 50,000 taxi cab drivers in New York City working an average of 9.5 hours a day. More than 600,000 passengers take a taxi in New York City every day and 236 million people ride in taxis each year.
There are several measures that can help keep passengers safe in New York City taxicabs. First, always remember to buckle up. Under the law, all city taxicabs are required to provide working seatbelts and New York State law requires all passengers to be belted. As soon as you get into a taxicab, make sure you write down the name of the driver and the taxicab's number. This information can be found on two placards affixed to the Plexiglas divider in most cabs. This information will make it easier to identify the driver should you get involved in a crash.
If you are injured in a taxicab collision, call emergency personnel right away. Do not leave the scene (which would make the accident a hit-and-run) without talking to the police and filing a report. Request and obtain prompt medical attention. Obtain a copy of the police report. Try to get the names and contact information for eyewitnesses. If you are in a cab and the taxi driver is driving too fast or erratically, you have the right to complain to the driver. If your instructions are not heeded, you can also file a complaint against the driver with the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission.
Injured victims of New York City taxicab accidents can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional trauma.
The experienced New York City personal injury lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP are prepared to fight for your legal rights and best interests. We understand the challenges and obstacles injured victims face. Our attorneys work diligently to help injured clients receive just compensation for all their significant losses. Please contact us at (212) 986-7353 for a no-cost, no-obligation case assessment.
Joseph Stoduto was able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $275,000 on behalf of the plaintiff, a thirty-nine year old man from Kings County, NY.
After jury selection, Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin partner, Jason Rubin settled a pedestrian knockdown automobile accident case for $225,000.00.