According to some reports, there are approximately 13,587 taxis in New York City. With so many taxis in one of the most populated cities in the U.S., accidents are bound to happen. Taxi drivers and passengers—and other motorists and pedestrians—can suffer serious and catastrophic injuries because of taxi-related crashes.
If you have been injured in a taxi accident, whether in NYC or anywhere else, call William Mattar law offices. Our car accident lawyers represent injury victims who have been hurt in motor vehicle accidents across New York State. We can help you file a claim to help you receive maximum compensation. Just dial (844) 444-4444 today.
New York City Taxi Rules
Taxi drivers in New York City must temporarily stop to pick up and drop off passengers. This opens a whole new set of risks where taxi drivers and passengers can be exposed to traffic hazards or vice versa. For this reason, the New York City Department of Transportation has laid out specific Traffic Rules to ensure safety.
According to the traffic rules, taxis must be within 12 inches of the curb when picking up or discharging passengers. Picking up or discharging passengers cannot occur under certain circumstances, including within a pedestrian crosswalk, within an intersection (except on the side of a roadway opposite a street which intersects but does not cross such roadway), where stopping is prohibited, or within a bicycle lane, among other situations.
When taxi drivers fail to follow these rules, as well as the general provisions of the Vehicle and Traffic Law which apply to all motorists, , there is an increased risk of a collision with another motor vehicle, pedestrian, or bicyclist.
Common Causes of Taxi Accidents
Taxi accidents can happen for any reason, especially in a busy place like New York City. However, some common factors can increase the risk of a taxi accident, including:
- Reckless and/or aggressive driving;
- Disobeying traffic signals or laws;
- Distracted driving (i.e., texting, eating);
- Inexperienced driver;
- Fatigued driving; and
If you have been injured in a taxi accident and are looking for an attorney to help you contact us today. We can investigate your case and help determine who is at fault for the accident.
Taxicab Accident Injuries
Taxi accident injuries can be serious and life-altering. The severity of injuries might depend on how fast the involved vehicles are traveling at the time of the collision. Certain types of injuries are more common in taxi-related crashes. For instance, a rear-end collision (which may be more likely in stop-and-go traffic) can often result in whiplash for vehicle occupants. Other common types of taxi accident injuries include:
- Head and neck trauma;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Broken bones;
- Lacerations; and
- Internal damage.
If you have suffered a serious injury like the ones mentioned above, you may be entitled to compensation forpain and suffering. Contact us today to learn more.
Who is Responsible for a Taxi Accident?
Taxi accidents can be complicated, as there are multiple parties involved. The taxi driver, taxi company, another motorist, or municipality (such as a city) could potentially bear fault for a taxi-related crash. For instance, let’s say you were a passenger in a taxicab and the driver was driving recklessly, resulting in a collision with another vehicle. It is probable that the driver bears some fault.
Identification of at-fault parties will depend on the specific details of your case and what caused the accident. Contact an experienced accident attorney who can closely assess your case and help determine who is responsible. Our team is available 24/7 to get started on an investigation.
Contact an Experienced Taxi Accident Lawyer Today
If you were involved in a taxi accident in New York, contact William Mattar P.C. today. Our accident attorneys have the experience to handle any motor vehicle accident case. Just complete our online consultation form, or call (844) 444-4444 today, to schedule a free initial consultation.