Monday, August 1, 2011

New York City Car Accident Lawyer Discusses Taxi Cab Accidents

Everyone has had one of those completely miserable taxi trips: the driver appears to be in the middle of a very emotional discussion with his ex-wife, yelling into his Bluetooth while taking a left turn from the right line without bothering to signal, flooring it at every green or yellow light, and slamming on the brakes when he clearly won’t make it without running the red. Or he rushes across Sixth Avenue trying to go crosstown but gets stuck blocking the box in the middle of the intersection, leaving you—the innocent passenger—feeling very vulnerable to all the honking, angry drivers who have to merge to get around you once they have the light.

Most New Yorkers who take taxis have accustomed themselves to wild rides and seemingly risky driving techniques. But nobody becomes accustomed to accidents or injuries related to taxi and livery cabs.The statistics—not as bad as you might expectAccording to the most recent statistical survey, taxis in New York City are actually involved in fewer accidents per million miles travelled than other types of vehicles. Taxi passengers were also less likely to be injured in an accident than passengers in other vehicles, but more likely to suffer serious injury or fatality if injured at all, a fact attributed at least in part to their reluctance to wear seatbelts.

What to do if involved in a taxi accident

Taxi customers are not the only ones at risk in a taxi accident. Passengers of other vehicles, pedestrians, and especially bicyclists also risk injury. No matter what your role in a taxi accident—passenger, pedestrian, or bicyclist—you should take the following steps, if able, before leaving the scene of the accident:

• Make sure you have the name, license number, and T&LC driver number of the taxi driver

• Record the license plate and medallion number of the taxi

• Get the names and contact information of any witnesses

• Find out the name of the company from which the driver rents his or her cab

• If possible, take pictures of the accident scene

Contact a NYC car accident lawyer Hach & Rose, Attorneys at Law if you have been involved in a taxi accident. The firm has successfully represented hundreds of plaintiffs who suffered injuries in taxi cab accidents. They have a proven track record of obtaining high settlements and judgments for injury and accident victims. If you or a loved one requires the services of a New York City personal injury attorney with experience dealing with cab companies and their insurers, contact Hach & Rose today to set up a free initial consultation.

Hach & Rose Attorneys At Law 185 Madison Avenue14th Floor New York, N.Y. 10016 (212) 779-0057

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