If you have been injured in a taxi accident, contact Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. as soon as possible. Our experienced personal injury lawyers are committed to tenaciously pursuing full compensation for your injuries.
Why Choose Michael J. Redenburg to Help You with a New York City Taxi Accident?
- Our attorneys handle all motor vehicle accident cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay us no fees until we recover compensation for you.
- We maintain a smaller caseload, which allows us to give your case the personal attention it deserves.
- Our lawyers have more than 10 years of experience representing clients in Manhattan and New York City.
New York City Taxicab Statistics
As stated by the Manhattan Taxi & Limousine Commission:
- The typical taxi racks up enough mileage in a year to travel around the world 2.8 times.
- There are approximately 485,000 taxi trips per day and 175 trips million per year.
- The city has more than 50,000 yellow taxi drivers.
- Manhattan taxicabs transport 600,000 passengers per day and 236 million per year.
Common Causes of a Taxi Accident
Accidents involving taxicabs can occur for any number of reasons. Manhattan cabbies are under pressure to get the current fare to its destination as soon as possible and pick up the next fare. When they drive negligently or recklessly to achieve this, accidents can result. Common causes of taxi accidents resulting from taxi driver error include:
- Reckless lane changing
- Texting while driving
- Failure to stop at red lights and stop signs
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Who Is Liable in a Taxi Accident?
Liability in a taxi crash depends on who caused the accident. If the taxi driver was negligent, the driver and his or her employer may be liable for property damage and personal injury. Damages you may be entitled to claim after such an accident include:
- Any related medical expenses, past, and future
- Lost wages, to compensate you for time off work while recovering from your injuries
- Lost earning potential, if your injuries caused a loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress as well as physical pain
- Property damage to your vehicle or other property
Insurance Requirements for Taxicabs in Manhattan
New York City yellow cab drivers are required to carry a minimum in liability insurance of $100,000/$300,000. If one person is injured in a crash for which the taxi driver is liable, $100,000 in insurance coverage is available. If more than one person is injured, the total coverage available is $300,000.
However, financial recovery may not be limited to insurance policy limits. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can thoroughly investigate your accident to determine what caused the crash and who is liable, along with all possible sources of recovery. You can have confidence that we will not settle your case for less than what is considered fair for you.
What Happens if I Have an Accident with a Manhattan Taxi?
Whether you're on vacation or just traveling around the city, having an accident can bring your plans to a halt. You're unfamiliar with the laws of the city, which makes it difficult to know where to turn. At the Law Firm of Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. we want to help you navigate this situation. We can help you handle the aftermath of your accident efficiently. Below, we go over the most frequently asked questions you might have after being involved in an accident with a Manhattan Taxi.
I was riding as a passenger in an Manhattan taxi when I was injured. Who is responsible for my lost wages and medical bills?
We have a No-Fault Law in the state of New York that holds the insurance company for the taxicab responsible for paying your medical bills and lost wages. Even if the cab you were riding in wasn't at fault for the accident, the insurance must still cover you. However, the insurance company is only responsible for a specific amount required by the no-fault law. Anything over this amount, you will have to handle yourself or receive from other parties.
If I still have expenses, after the payout limit from the insurance company is reached, can I sue for damages?
Yes. After your accident with a taxi cab or car service, you can sue the car you were in and any other car that was negligent in the accident. You could start with a lawsuit for your personal injuries and any pain and suffering you received as a result of the Manhattan cabbie accident. You can also receive compensation for permanent injuries if you can prove they were the result of the accident. Be sure to include medical expenses and lost wages that are exceed the “No-Fault” limit paid to you by the insurance company.
What if I was a pedestrian that was involved in a taxi accident? Do I have the same rights as a passenger?
Yes! You have the same rights as any passenger in the collision.
What if the taxi was only partially at fault and there was another driver involved?
You can sue the parties that were involved, as long as they were driving carelessly and negligently caused your injuries.
What qualifies as a “Serious Injury” in a taxi accident?
In the state of New York, you must have a “serious injury” if you are going to sue any for additional compensation above the no-fault limits. For you to succeed in your personal lawsuit, you must sustain a “serious injury”. These injuries can be described as scarring or disfigurement, a fracture, surgery, amputation, paralysis, or death. There is a substantial amount of gray area in any other injury, so judgment is made on a case by case basis. Typically, serious surgeries are also included under the umbrella for serious injuries. Back surgeries, knee surgeries, shoulder surgeries, wrist surgeries, and neck surgeries are the most common. However, the final decision will rest with a judge or jury if you don't reach a settlement.
How do I know that my injury classifies as a “serious injury” in New York?
Disfigurements, amputations, fractures, paralysis, and death all meet the standard for serious injuries in New York. If you have another injury (neck, wrist, back, head, etc.) you should contact us to discuss this right away. We have experience in handling taxicab injuries and we can direct you through all of your legal options. We won't know if your injuries qualify until we discuss them with you individually.
How fast is the process? How long will it take to know whether my case meets the guidelines to be able to sue for pain and suffering?
The process is rarely fast, and it varies from one case to the next. If you do not fall into one of the categories we mentioned before (disfigurement, scars, fractures, amputations, fractures, or death) your case will be more complicated. We can help you through the process from beginning to end. Contact us today to set up your appointment!
Help! Should I call 911 while I am at the scene of the accident, even if the accident is minor?
Absolutely. You should always call 911 at the scene of any traffic accident, regardless of how serious it is. Calling 911 ensures that EMS will arrive at the scene to check you out and evaluate your injuries. Secondly, the police will be on the scene shortly after you make your call. You need the police to write a report so that you have an official record of the incident. This report will have license numbers, registrations, and insurance information for all the drivers involved.
Do I have a time limit if I want to bring a lawsuit against negligent drivers?
Yes. There is a statute of limitations in New York that is applied to all personal injury as well as taxi accident lawsuits. A personal injury attorney can advise you of your specific options because they will know all the details of your case. Generally, you have 3 years to file a lawsuit from the time of the accident. However, this isn't always the case, so it is important that you discuss your options with a professional today. Don't waste time, it's important that you start the process as soon as possible.
I was contacted by an insurance company that represents the Manhattan taxi. Should I tell them my side of the story as well as my injuries?
No. You should never talk to the insurance company before you have a chance to speak to legal counsel. We can guide you through the process, informing you of your rights at each stage. If you talk to an insurance company before speaking with us, you could be taken advantage of by them. The insurance company is only interested in their best interest, while we are interested in yours. Once you choose to hire a personal injury attorney to handle your case, you have someone in your corner fighting for you. We will protect you from insurance companies and we make sure that your needs come first.
Although we've given brief answers online, this information is not a substitute for legal advice. These are broad answers to general questions, and they may not apply specifically to your current situation. This information is merely a guide you can use when conducting research. To see how you should move forward legally, you need to make an appointment with a member of our staff. Michael Redenburg wants to successfully handle your case so that you get everything you deserve. If you have been involved in an accident with a Manhattan Taxi, contact us today to see your next steps.
Contact Us If You've Been Involved in a New York City Taxi Accident
If you have been injured in an Manhattan taxi accident caused by someone else's negligence, we can help you pursue full and fair compensation for your losses. Contact Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. to schedule a consultation with an experienced Manhattan personal injury lawyer.