A livery cab driver was arrested in the Bronx on June 14 after striking a pedestrian. The accident occurred when the 39-year-old victim attempted to cross East 149th Street and River Avenue in Melrose at around 2:30 a.m.
The pedestrian was rushed to the emergency room after the accident. Reports indicate that the 39-year-old was in critical condition.
Police arrested the livery cab driver, who now faces charges of aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.
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Livery cabs are a popular form of transportation and are often confused with taxicabs. Similar to taxicabs, livery cabs are under the ownership of an individual or a company. They must also meet the standards set by laws governing their operation.
Unlike taxicabs, however, livery drivers cannot drive around waiting to be hailed by pedestrians. Rather, you must call one ahead of time to pick you up and agree to a set fare prior to arrival.
Despite their differences, similar laws govern both livery drivers and taxi drivers. And these drivers must exercise the same type of duty of care to passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers.
The following are some of the possible causes of livery car accidents:
- Driver negligence or fatigue
- Improper cell phone use
- Distracted driving
- Failure to obey traffic laws
- Driving under the influence
- Illegal lane changes
New York’s laws require livery and taxicab drivers to maintain liability coverage with the following minimums:
- $100,000 for a single person
- $300,000 per accident
This coverage pays out for injuries a livery driver causes.
Unfortunately, getting the compensation you deserve after an accident can be difficult. These cab and livery companies often have insurance companies with large legal teams that will fight tooth and nail. However, you are not alone. The team at Oresky & Associates, pllc is dedicated solely to getting you the compensation you deserve.
Our team painstakingly evaluates the circumstances of every case in hopes of obtaining the settlement or verdict you deserve. We fight for you to recover your damages caused by the personal injuries suffered in a livery cab or taxi cab accident. We will also help you by filing for no-fault benefits to pay for your medical expenses and lost wages caused by the accident.
If you or someone you care about was involved in a pedestrian accident or an accident with a livery or taxicab, we encourage you to call Oresky & Associates, pllc
. We have 25+ years of experience handling all types of personal injury cases, including pedestrian accidents and accidents involving livery and taxicab drivers.
We have obtained countless settlements and verdicts for accident victims, including:
- $1.1 million verdict for an injured taxicab passenger
- $1.3. million verdict for a pedestrian seriously injured after being struck by a car
- $3.45 million settlement for a pedestrian struck by a commercial van
- $5 million award to the family of a pedestrian killed by a school bus
Call 718-993-9999 to learn more about how we can help you.