Taxi Accidents

NYC Transportation Injury Recovery

Taxicabs are ubiquitous in New York City. For many New Yorkers and visitors who often do not have easy access to cars, taxis provide the most convenient form of transportation. However, each time you climb into the back of a taxi, you put your life in the hands of a stranger. Even walking on the sidewalk or crossing the street can put you in harms way. Whether you are a pedestrian or a passenger, a speeding, reckless, distracted or unqualified driver can put you at risk of injuries.

During our more than 30 years in practice, Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C. has represented numerous pedestrians who were hit by NYC taxis and numerous passengers who were injured in taxi accidents. Our attorneys help you recover money from the taxi company and the driver who injured you.

NYC Yellow Cab Safety Risks

The NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) licenses and regulates more than 50,000 medallion yellow cabs, liveries cabs, commuter vans, ambulettes and certain luxury limousines in the city. The TLC also licenses about 100,000 drivers. Although many of these drivers are safe, hardworking professionals, some unsafe drivers may slip through the cracks. Furthermore, yellow cabs are exempt from seat belt and child safety seat rules, making you even more susceptible to injuries if you have not buckled up or properly secured your child.

You rely upon the driver to carry you safely to your destination. When he or she fails to do so, you are entitled to money for your injuries. Our New York City taxi accident lawyers represent New Yorkers and visitors who have been injured by driver’s negligence, including:

  • Crashing into another car or vehicle
  • Hitting a bicyclist or pedestrian
  • Speeding
  • Swerving in and out of traffic
  • Talking on the telephone
  • Texting or searching the Internet
  • Failing to yield to pedestrians

Ride-Sharing Services

The sharing economy is a growing trend. Now, car owners are making extra cash by joining ridesharing services, such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. The ridesharing companies operate Internet apps that connect the drivers to the passengers.

Uber is the most popular of the ride-sharing services claiming to help open cities up to visitors and residents by making travel easy and affordable. As of the summer of 2015, Uber was in 59 countries, including all the major continents.

This relatively new concept has sparked unique legal liability questions, for example:

  • Is the Internet ridesharing company an employer subject to vicarious liability?
  • Is the Internet ridesharing service platform liable for accident damages?
  • Who is responsible if the driver hits a pedestrian between rides?
  • Does the driver have sufficient automobile insurance to pay for serious accident injuries?
  • Does the driver’s insurance cover commercial activity?

Our attorneys are on the forefront of this new legal area. If you were injured during a ride in a ridesharing taxi service, we go after deep pockets to get you the money you are entitled to.

Recover Money for Your Taxicab Accident Injuries

Call Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C. at 1-877-737-4806 to schedule your free claims evaluation at our Manhattan, Bronx, Deer Park, Jericho or White Plains office. We take your case on contingency, meaning you do not pay us unless we recover money for you.

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