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New York Taxi Accidents

Throughout New York there are over 13,000 yellow taxicabs that provide over 475,000 rides a day. They are used daily by residents for personal and business travel, and are also a popular mode of transportation for tourists. New York taxi drivers have a reputation for driving recklessly. Unfortunately, in some cases this reputation is deserved. Each year in New York there are over 4000 accidents involving taxis. In some cases passengers and occupants of other vehicles escape such accidents with only minor injuries. In other cases the injuries are quite serious. For example, a victim of a taxi accident may suffer a severe blow to the head in the accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury such as a serious concussion. In other cases a victim may suffer broken bones or a back or spinal cord injury. However, under New York law victims of taxi accidents who suffer serious injuries have the legal right to demand compensation from the person whose negligence resulted in the accident. If you were injured in a taxi accident, contact an experienced New York taxi accidents lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates who will help ensure that the person responsible for your losses is held accountable.

Common Causes of Taxi Accidents

Taxi drivers are under pressure to get a fare to their destination as quickly as possible so that they can pick up another fare. This pressure can cause drivers to operate their vehicles recklessly. However, like any type of vehicle accident, the contributing factors for taxi accidents vary.

A driver is considered negligent if they drives carelessly, resulting in harm to another person or damage to property. There are many ways in which a person could drive negligently. New York has laws that define the "rules of the road." As an experienced New York taxi accidents lawyer can explain, should a driver violate any of these rules, they would have been negligent and responsible for any damage or injury that results from this negligence. Common causes of taxi crashes include:

  • Tailgating
  • Speeding
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Texting and driving
  • Failing to stop at a stop sign or red light
  • Reckless lane changing
Liability in Taxi Accidents

If a taxi driver is negligent and as a result causes an accident, the taxi driver and his employer are legally and financially liable for the property damage and personal injury that result from the accident. Taxi accidents can leave victims with severe injuries. As a result, the victim accumulates substantial medical bills and misses a great deal of work. The whole family suffers. Discuss your legal options with an experienced taxi accidents attorney in New York, because through a personal injury lawsuit you may be able to recover a variety of damages, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage

If you are injured in a taxi accident it is important to understand the insurance requirements for taxi drivers. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission requires that all yellow taxi cabs and all licensed car services carry a minimum of $100,000/$300,000 in liability insurance coverage. This means that if one person is injured in an accident, there will be up to $100,000 in insurance available to him or her. If more than one person is injured the maximum is $300,000.00 of insurance available to them in total. However, your financial recovery may not necessarily be limited to what is available from insurance.

New York Taxi Accidents Lawyer

A personal injury lawsuit stemming from a taxi accident is complicated, involving issues related to the driver as well as the owner of the taxi. If you were injured in a car accident involving a taxi, contact an attorney who not only has experience handing car accidents, but is also familiar with the medical issues victims of such accidents experience. Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from taxi accidents as well as other types of auto accidents. Contact an experienced taxi accidents attorney serving New York at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your car accident. We serve clients in the following locations: Manhattan, Westchester County, Suffolk County, Staten Island, Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Nassau County, and Queens.

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