Bronx Taxi Cab Accident Attorney
In 2015, 2.4 million injuries were sustained during car crashes: And more than 35,000 Americans lost their lives due to a car accident. In addition, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT), Americans pay an estimated $23 billion in medical costs and lose nearly $60 billion in work productivity every year. If you have sustained injuries during a taxi cab accident in NYC, you should seek legal counsel. Experienced attorney Ivan Diamond can help you attain the monetary compensation you deserve.
NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) 2016 Annual Report
The NYC TLC investigates motor vehicle collisions that involve TLC-licensed drivers. In addition, the Taxi and Limousine Commission investigates incidents where a pedestrian, driver or passenger has already died: In addition to those accidents where an individual is likely to die because of injuries sustained during a limousine or taxi cab accident. The number of motor vehicle accidents involving TLC-licensed vehicles in 2016 was 42,388.
How Taxi Cab Accidents in the Bronx Happen
An accident involving a taxi can happen in one of two ways:
- The cab in which an individual is riding in as a passenger is struck by another vehicle or the taxi driver accidently strikes another vehicle.
- A taxi cab strikes the motor vehicle that an individual is riding in/on (as a driver or passenger).
What to Do After You Are Involved in a Taxi Cab Accident
Since New York is a No-Fault state, after a cab accident, your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) car insurance will provide coverage for your injuries. This ensures that you can seek treatment immediately and do not have to wait for someone else’s insurance company to pick up your medical bills, lost wages and/or rehabilitation costs. If you have a personal injury case, all of these issues will be sorted out later.
If You Were Involved in a Taxi Accident, You May Have a Personal Injury Case
Typically, the primary issue of a personal injury lawsuit involving a taxi is the amount of damages you sustained due to the negligence of the driver. A successful lawsuit requires that you prove the taxi driver was at fault. In addition, you must prove that you have sustained injuries due to his/her negligence. Keep in mind that if you were not a passenger in the taxi, but a driver or passenger in another motor vehicle involved in the accident, the cab company will claim that the negligence of the other driver led to the collision. It is very rare that a taxi cab accident in the Bronx occurs without fault on one side or the other. If you have sustained injuries due to no fault of your own, an experienced Bronx personal injury attorney can assist you in attaining the compensation you deserve.
Taxi Cab Accident Settlements
$4 Million Settlement
Marc M. Jacobs sustained serious injuries while riding as a passenger in a taxi on Aug. 31, 2005. According to Jacobs’ complaint, the taxi driver lost control of the cab, crashing it into a concrete barrier. A Cook County jury awarded Jacobs nearly $22 million and, for the loss of support, consortium, services, affection, society and companionship from her husband, his wife was awarded almost $4 million.
At the time of the accident, Jacobs was 44 years old. He suffered severe brain damage, which led to his inability to continue his career as a real estate partner.
In 2013, Edward Domain, who is the CEO of Techli, sustained injuries while a passenger in a Harris Cab. He filed a lawsuit against the cab driver and the cab company. Domain claimed that Asim Khurshid (the cab driver) ran a red light, was using his cell phone while driving and drove at excessive speeds. Domain received a settlement of $200,000.
$8 Million Settlement
In the case Ida Cristina Fua Cruz vs. Joel Enrique Andino Sanchez, Et Al, Yellow Cab was found to be liable for the damages Fua Cruz sustained due to the negligence of taxi driver Sanchez.
Yellow Cab attempted to dispute its liability for this accident, stating that the company itself does not provide driving services to the public. Instead, the company alleges that it provides the vehicles, dispatch service and color scheme. The jury agreed that Sanchez was not an employee of Yellow Cab, per se, but was an ostensible employee of the company. At the time of the accident, Fua Cruz was 28 years old. Due to the accident, she is paralyzed on one side of her body and suffers from residual symptoms related to a traumatic brain injury. Thus, making it impossible for Fua Cruz to continue her law career. The jury awarded the plaintiff (Fua Cruz) $8 million.
If you have sustained injuries during any type of accident involving a taxi: Including while a passenger in a yellow cab, green taxi or any other vehicle for hire in NYC, contact The Law Offices of Ivan M. Diamond. Our highly-experienced, compassionate attorneys are dedicated to helping you attain the compensation you deserve. You can reach us by calling 718-588-2000 or toll-free at 877-960-1702. The time you can file a personal injury lawsuit is limited; therefore, please schedule your complimentary case evaluation at our office in the Bronx today.
The Law Offices of Ivan M. Diamond888 Grand Concourse #1L Bronx, NY 10451 Phone: (718) 588-2000 Ivan M. Diamond is available for home and hospital visits, as well as weekend and evening appointments.
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