NYC Attorneys Help Victims of Taxicab Accidents

Reputable law firm represents injured passengers and pedestrians

Driving a cab in New York City is a highly competitive job that requires the right combination of aggressiveness and caution. When caution is in short supply, accidents happen, too often with tragic consequences. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a taxi accident in New York City, Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson can help. Our legal team has more than 100 years of combined experience in complex personal injury cases. We have secured numerous multi-million-dollar recoveries for our clients and are prepared to fight for justice in your case.

New York City taxicab accidents statistics

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) licenses and regulates New York City's medallion (yellow) taxicabs, for-hire vehicles (community-based liveries and black cars), app-based car services, commuter vans, paratransit vehicles (ambulettes) and certain luxury limousines. As a point of reference, the TLC reported that accidents in December 2015 involved:

  • 1,071 medallion taxis
  • 289 street-hail liveries
  • 60 unaffiliated for-hire vehicles
  • 736 liveries
  • 1,424 black cars
  • 94 luxury limousines
  • 17 commuter vans
  • 26 paratransit vans

In total, 3,717 TLC-licensed vehicles were involved in a crash in a single month. So, if you were hurt in an accident involving for-hire transportation, you’re certainly not alone. But consider this: an industry that faces this much liability must aggressively defend itself against injured claimants. The insurance companies that underwrite taxi and limousine policies have deep legal resources for the sole purpose of reducing the amount you recover for your injuries. That’s why you need legal representation with the knowledge, skill and resources to match seasoned insurance defense counsel.

Common causes of taxicab accidents in NYC

If you are a passenger injured in a taxi accident, you may have a cause of action whether or not your taxi driver or another motorist is responsible. But if you are a pedestrian or the driver of a vehicle hit by a taxicab, proving the cab driver was at fault is imperative. When the taxi driver is at fault, the causes generally include:

  • Aggressive driving
  • Defective equipment
  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Following too closely
  • Running red lights
  • Speeding
  • Talking on the phone while driving
  • Texting while driving
  • Violation of traffic laws

Since 2010, the NYPD has issued more than 70,000 citations for disobeying traffic devices, more than 30,000 citations each for mobile phone use and improper turns, and more than 20,000 citations for speeding to TLC licensees. If the for-hire vehicle operator or the company is responsible, our attorneys fight to hold them accountable for the full extent of the harm you’ve suffered.

Contact our NYC accident lawyers for a free consultation

Trust your taxicab accident case to a reputable law firm with a long history of success. Call Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson at 844.302.8312 or contact us online to speak with a knowledgeable and concerned attorney at no charge. We are determined to make a difference in your case and in your life.