Anyone who’s spent more than a weekend in New York City understands that taxis offer some of the most convenient means of transportation in the city. Locals and tourists both rely on these vehicles to take them long distances throughout NYC’s five boroughs. While we all hope that our driver will be responsible and get us to where we need to go safely, this is not always the case. Taxicab accidents are common in New York City, and the injuries suffered by passengers are often more severe than injuries in other car accidents. Whether the accident was caused by the negligence of the cab driver or another motorist, victims of taxi cab injuries may require financial compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
How Common Are Taxi Cab Accidents In NYC?
Most of the data on NYC taxicabs comes from a 2006 study by a group called Schaller Consulting. This study analyzed accident data from 1990 through 1999, and determined that although taxi cab accidents may not be more common than accidents involving other vehicles, the injuries are often far more serious. In 1999, there were 4,270 taxi cab accidents reported to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles – with 3,041 crashes involving personal injuries and 10 fatal accidents.
Today, taxi cab accidents are even more common than they were in 1999. In September of 2017, taxi vehicles were involved in 1,517 accidents out of a total of 19,169 in NYC – or just under 8% of total accidents. Through the first nine months of 2017, there have already been 13,832 taxi cab accidents – dwarfing the 1999 total at only three-quarters through the year.
Why Are Injury Rates Higher In Cab Accidents?
The Schaller study found that 11.5% of rear-seat taxi passengers involved in accidents suffered Class A or Class B injuries – including fractures, concussions, internal injuries, bleeding, burns, contusions, and abrasions in 1999. This number is three times higher than the rate for passengers in other vehicles.
There are two main reasons why passengers in taxi cabs are more likely to be seriously injured when an accident happens:
- The main contributing factor is that very few taxi passengers wear seatbelts. In some cabs, a seatbelt may not even be available when the passenger does desire to use one.
- Most cabs also have partitions between the front and back seat, which can lead to more serious injuries if the passenger is flung into the partition.
If you’ve been injured in a traffic accident as the passenger in a taxi cab, it’s important to seek financial support for damages related to your injuries. Whether it was the taxi driver or another motorist who was at fault, you shouldn’t be forced to deal with high medical bills, lost wages from work, pain, and suffering, and other setbacks after being injured in an accident caused by negligent driving.
Taxi Accidents Affect Everyone
Taxicab accidents affect anyone and everyone on New York City’s streets, including:
- Taxi passengers
- Other drivers and passengers in vehicles involved in taxi collisions
- Bicyclists struck by or “doored” by taxis
- Pedestrians struck by cabs
Regardless of what you were doing when you were injured in a taxi cab accident, it’s important to consider speaking with a personal injury lawyer for assistance in the insurance process. These companies specialize in limiting payouts and denying claims, so it’s often necessary to have your own legal counsel who specializes in helping injury victims get the full compensation they need and deserve.
Our Queens personal injury lawyers can help you deal with insurance companies, and if necessary, represent you through all aspects of filing a lawsuit and taking your matter to court. To find out more about your legal options, get in touch with us today for a free consultation.