New York Personal Injury Attorneys
I Was Injured By an NYC Taxi Cab. What are my Rights?
Taxi cabs are one of the most popular means of transportation in New York City. With over 13,000 taxis in the city, traffic incidents and injuries are inevitable. Below the experienced auto accident and personal injury attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo P.C. discuss your rights if you are involved in a New York City taxi cab incident.
What to Do If a Taxi Cab Hits Your Vehicle
If a taxi cab collides with the automobile you are driving, or you are traveling as a passenger, it is considered a normal two-vehicle collision. In order to have a successful outcome, the individual filing the auto accident claim must be able to prove who was at blame for the automobile accident, the damages to the vehicles and any injuries inflicted from the accident.
What to Do If You Are Injured as a Taxi Passenger
If you are a passenger in a taxi cab that is involved in a collision with another vehicle, you may be eligible to file a car accident claim. Typically, a passenger that is injured in a car accident has a more straightforward case than the driver—this is because the passenger does not have to prove fault. A passenger can usually pursue a third-party auto insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against the taxi driver or both of the drivers involved in the accident.
Collect All Information Following the Accident
Following the incident, it is important you collect the,
- contact information, insurance companies and policy numbers of the individuals involved;
- driver’s license plate number, make, color and model of the vehicles involved; and the
- location of the incident.
It is also important to collect information from any eyewitnesses. This can have a major influence on the results of the claim. Documenting what happened will help you recall the events of the incident when filing a claim with your insurance company. Taking photos of any damage to the vehicles, as well as any other property damage that may have occurred, is also important.
Lastly, contact the police and request that an officer be deployed to the location of the collision. You’ll want to file a police report to document the circumstances of the accident.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim Following a Taxi Cab Incident
A taxi cab accident case is handled similarly to other automobile accident cases. If you were driving and a taxi collided with your vehicle, you have the option to submit a third-party insurance claim with the cab’s insurer or file a personal injury lawsuit in court. If you were a passenger in a taxi that was involved in an accident, you can submit claims with each drivers’ insurance companies, with the exception of whoever was clearly not at fault.
Consult a New York Car Accident Attorney at SPBMCC if You Have Been Injured By an NYC Taxi Cab
With so many vehicles on the road in New York City, car and taxi cab accidents are inevitable. The knowledgeable New York auto accident attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo P.C. are here to support you if you have been injured by a NYC taxi cab. If you have been involved in a serious taxi cab accident, call our offices at 212-732-9000 today.