Thousands of taxi cabs are on the road at any given time in New York City. Therefore, it’s not surprising that taxi accidents are a common occurrence. Most taxis safely transport people to their destinations, but sometimes accidents occur and passengers, pedestrians, and other motorists can be seriously injured. Taxi accidents can be caused by a number of different factors including:
Negligence of Taxi Drivers
New York City taxi drivers have a reputation for driving recklessly, and sometimes that reputation is deserved. Taxi drivers are under pressure to pick up as many fares as possible and, as a result, they may not drive as safely as they should. Speeding, tailgating, failing to stop at red lights, and reckless lane changing can all lead to serious accidents. In addition, taxi drivers are just as prone as any drivers to drive distracted or under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Taxi drivers falling asleep at the wheel can have deadly results. That’s why drivers licensed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) are required to follow the new Fatigue Prevention Rules. Under these rules, taxi drivers are only permitted to drive for 10 hours during a 24 hour period or up to 60 hours in a week.
Taxi drivers are required to undergo a rigorous screening process and receive extensive training in order to be licensed by the TLC. If the TLC fails to properly conduct this screening or an employer hires someone who is not properly licensed, they may be held liable.
Improperly Maintained Vehicle
In general, taxi drivers and employers are responsible for making sure that their vehicles are safe and well-maintained. The TLC requires that taxis undergo an inspection with the Department of Motor Vehicles every four months. A failure to properly maintain a vehicle in good working order can result in an accident.
Who is Liable in a Taxi Accident?
If you are injured in a taxi accident, you can file a claim with your no-fault insurance for compensation for some of your medical bills and lost wages. If you have been seriously injured in a taxi accident, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. If a taxi driver is negligent both the driver and his or her employer may be liable for any injuries. The TLC requires that all yellow taxi cabs and licensed car services carry $100,000 per person/ $300,000 per accident in liability insurance. Unlicensed taxis may not have this insurance.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a taxi accident, you should have an experienced attorney evaluate your case. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we have over 50 years of experience helping injured New Yorkers. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.