No one has to tell you that there are a lot of taxi cabs racing around New York City, but you may be surprised to know how many. There are approximately 13,000 medallion (or yellow) cabs and another 40,000 gypsy cabs, pedicabs, and other for-hire rides. In a 12-hour shift, each driver usually has about 30 fares. Most drivers are careful, but they have to make a living, too, and with that much traffic auto accidents are sure to happen.
These injuries can be very serious, including head injuries, neck and back injuries. They can cause pain and suffering, loss of wages, disability or even death. If you or a family member has been hurt in a taxi cab accident—as a passenger, a pedestrian, another driver or the passenger in another car—you will need the help of an accident lawyer who understands the New York taxi industry.
New York Law Requires Taxi Cabs to Carry Insurance
All taxis licensed by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission must carry a minimum of $100,000 per individual and $300,000 per accident in liability coverage for auto accidents. In addition, the taxi company’s “no-fault” coverage is responsible for your medical expenses. Taxis are required to carry at least $50,000 in no-fault coverage. If your damages are greater than these amounts, additional recovery may be possible from the driver or owner of the taxi, who is responsible for the driver’s negligence. It may sound like a lot of money, but medical care for a serious injury can cost all that and more.
Our Auto Accident Investigators Can Help Put the Facts Together
Sometimes, it may also be difficult to identify the cab and the insurance company, or in some of the most serious accidents, it may be difficult to reconstruct exactly what happened. Our investigators will go to work to put the whole story together, but because evidence can disappear and legal time limits are short, we need to begin work as soon as possible.
Let us help you get the compensation you need to take care of your injuries. You must act quickly or you may lose your right to certain benefits. Call the accident lawyers at Jacob Oresky & Associates, PLLC at 718-993-9999. We speak Spanish, and we have offices in the Bronx, Queens and Manhattan, but we will come to you if your injuries make it hard to travel.