Taxi Cab Accidents in New York City
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More than 13,000 yellow or "medallion" taxi cabs operate in New York City, carrying over 240 million passengers annually. In fact, at some hours during the day, taxis make up almost half of Manhattan's traffic - although they account for just two percent of all vehicles registered in the city. While the familiar sight of yellow cars buzzing through the streets of America's biggest city is certainly a quintessential part of life in the Big Apple, many New Yorkers are unaware of their rights when it comes to riding in a taxi cab. The official taxi rider bill of rights guarantees passengers the right to:
- Ask for, and receive, heat or air conditioning
- Be accompanied by a special needs service animal
- Decline to tip if service is poor
- A driver who uses E-ZPass at all applicable toll crossings that accept it and charges passengers this discounted rate
- A driver who speaks English and is familiar with city geography
- A driver who is conscientious, polite, and observant of traffic laws
- A driver who does not use a cell phone while operating the vehicle
- Pay with credit or debit card
- Go anywhere you want within the city, Westchester, Nassau, or Newark Airport
- Direct which route your driver takes
- Silent travel without horn blaring or music
- Clean, smoke- and scent-free air
- Functional seatbelts
- A clean vehicle
You should be aware of these rights when you take a ride in a New York taxi cab. Unfortunately, these rights aren't always observed - in particular, the right to a safe and conscientious driver. If you have been in an accident involving a taxi cab, you should seek out a New York City personal injury attorney immediately in order to help you get the compensation you deserve.
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Injured by a taxi cab in New York City?
Most New York taxis carry only a limited insurance policy not exceeding $100,000 per passenger. A 1999 study found that taxi cab passengers are three times more likely to suffer critical injuries as passengers of other kinds of motor vehicles. In addition, pedestrian accidents often involve taxi cabs: this same study found that 16 out of every 29 people killed in taxi cab accidents were pedestrians.
Our attorneys at Jaroslawicz & Jaros are skilled in these types of personal injury cases. You should not have to suffer for another person's negligence, inattention, or wrongdoing. At Jaroslawicz & Jaros, we are prepared to fight for your interests and advocate your case. Don't hesitate to call our New York City office today to schedule a free initial consultation and find out how our attorneys are prepared fight for you.