Many taxi drivers use an appropriate, responsible level of care as they transport passengers in and around the greater New York City area. When this is not the case, accidents often occur, leading to injuries for passengers and other drivers. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a taxi accident, you deserve to know your legal rights and have someone fighting for your financial recovery.
A New York taxi accident lawyer with Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will help you seek compensation for damages that you could be entitled to recover. Our first step involves reviewing your case in a free consultation.
In This Article
- The Importance of Seeking Compensation As Soon As Possible
- Discover the Many Benefits of Working with Our Lawyers
- Additional Advantages of Choosing Our Firm
- Licensed Taxi Drivers Must Carry Adequate Insurance
- We Protect Your Rights After a Taxi Accident
- Call Our Firm to Hire a Taxi Accident Lawyer Today
The Importance of Seeking Compensation As Soon As Possible
One of the most important factors to note when seeking damages after a collision is that state law limits your time to sue. Specifically, New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules § 214 sets forth the general statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit. (Depending upon the particular circumstances of your accident, a different statute of limitations may apply. Additionally, claims and lawsuits are governed by deadlines in addition to the applicable statute of limitations.)
There are numerous reasons you want to be sure to preserve this vitaly important legal right:
- The courts typically dismiss legal complaints filed after the deadline has passed, although there are rare exceptions.
- Although our team often begins by seeking compensation through an out-of-court settlement, it may be necessary to go to trial if negotiations fall through.
- Maintaining the right to file a lawsuit is a common bargaining chip in negotiations.
Additional deadlines and factors could also come into play, limiting the time we have to build your case. For instance, car accident cases tend to rely on time-sensitive evidence, such as surveillance video and dashcam footage and eyewitness accounts. Such evidence is likely to disappear or lose its credibility over time.
Our goal as your representatives is to take advantage of this evidence while it’s available and build a solid claim. Depending upon the particulars of your case, we may be able to negotiate a favorable settlement before resorting to a lawsuit which, among other considerations, will likely take significantly more time. Such a strategy is best executed when we have as much time as possible before having to file a lawsuit to preserve your rights.
Simply stated, for all the reasons mentioned above, the sooner you reach out to us, the greater our opportunity to build the strongest case possible on your behalf.
For a free legal consultation with a taxi accidents lawyer serving New York, call 516-932-0400
Discover the Many Benefits of Working with Our Lawyers
Our commitment to personalized legal representation and exceptional client services includes:
Keeping You Updated About Your Case
Few people outside of the personal injury field of the legal profession are thoroughly familiar with New York’s liability and negligence laws. Moreover, if you are recovering from your injuries at home, the hospital, or a rehabilitation center, dealing with the insurance company can be overwhelming.
Knowing this, our team is prepared to take over every aspect of the case when you hire us. From there, we communicate with you regularly to keep you updated throughout the proceedings so you can make informed decisions when necessary. Just as importantly, one of our goals, after the trauma of your accident, is to help you find peace of mind to the greatest degree possible.
We believe reducing stress and worry will help you focus on your medical treatment and healing. We also believe that knowing and understanding how your case is progressing and having confidence that everything is being properly handled is a big part of attaining such peace of mind.
Identifying All At-Fault and Liable Parties
Depending on the circumstances of the collision, multiple parties could be liable for your damages. A lawyer from our team will review the taxi accident and look for evidence to support your claim that the taxi driver or another party acted negligently. Doing so is crucial to proving your right to financial recovery from the at-fault and otherwise legally liable party or parties.
Communicating with All Parties for You
We take care of communicating with the parties who caused or contributed to your injuries, the insurance companies, and other lawyers.
Insurance carriers often make it difficult for claimants to recover damages. They are happy to settle claims for as low a dollar-figure payout as they can or deny them altogether.
Our team will not allow any parties involved in the case to intimidate you or undervalue your claim. Instead, we will seek to overcome the insurance carrier or defense team’s objective, whether through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or litigation.
Securing Evidence of Liability and Negligence
We will conduct a thorough examination of your case to obtain evidence of the other party’s liability and negligence. Our team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. takes care of the necessary details involved in investigating an accident claim. Depending upon the unique circumstances of your case, these may include:
- Reviewing evidence in the form of police reports, witness statements, photos and
- Checking the driver’s history for previous accidents, violations, or complaints
- Requesting the driver’s log, maintenance records, and training qualifications
- Getting your medical records that show the extent and severity of your injuries
Some of these documents will also help us calculate case value.
Assessing a Value for Your Damages
An attorney from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will identify the damages that you could be entitled to recover, which could include:
- Medical care
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Other out-of-pocket related expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Depending on your injuries, you could also seek damages such as:
- Diminished quality of life
- Diminished earning ability
- Loss of consortium (These are the special types of losses, recognized by law, that a person experiences when their spouse is seriously or catastrophically injured or was a wrongful death victim.)
As may be called for, your lawyer from our team will also consult with specialists such as medical experts, vocational rehabilitation professionals, life care planners, and economists. Doing so helps our team consider not only your current losses but also your predicted expenses, such as future lost earnings, future medical expenses, and long-term care.
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Additional Advantages of Choosing Our Firm
Since 1991, the legal professionals as Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. have been passionate legal advocates for injured and disabled people. We consider it an honor to help those affected by someone’s negligence to recover their rightful compensation.
As such, we strive to offer affordable and accessible services that address our clients’ needs, making this process as simple and stress-free as possible for them. Below are some of the policies that help us with that goal.
Our Team will Come to You
If you cannot come to our office to discuss the case, a member of our team will meet with you at your home, the hospital, or another location in the greater New York metropolitan area or on Long Island. We never want your injuries or obligations to prevent you from seeking legal help.
We Work on Contingency
When you hire one of our attorneys for your taxi accident case, we will help you seek compensation on a contingency-fee basis. This fee arrangement means that no legal fee is ever due unless and until we win a financial recovery for you.
We also offer an option, in writing, to make certain that you will never have an out-of-pocket expense related to the work we do for you. If we win the case, our fee and the case expenses come from the court award or settlement. If you choose the expense option mentioned, and for any reason no money recovery is made on your behalf, you will never owe us a fee or any of the expenses that were advanced on your behalf.
We Employ Multilingual Staff
Our team consists of legal professionals who speak a variety of languages to accommodate our clients. If English is not your preferred language, we can also serve you in Greek, Spanish, Kannada, Bengali, and Tamil.
Previous Clients Praise Our “10-star” Service
- Claudio G. “I am truly impressed with the professionalism and integrity of this firm. I will highly recommend them to anyone as my experience was absolutely phenomenal. If I could give them a 10 star review, I would!”
- Ariell S. “They were very responsive and attentive. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a good attorney.”
- Julia D. “He was polite, patient and incredibly understanding. I would recommend Eddie to all of my family and friends.”
You can read more about past clients’ experiences in our testimonials and our Google reviews.
Licensed Taxi Drivers Must Carry Adequate Insurance
The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission mandates that all licensed taxicab drivers carry insurance for personal injury protection (PIP), property damage, and bodily injury. These minimum insurance requirements are based on the type of vehicle and passenger occupancy.
For example, standard yellow taxi vehicles that can seat up to eight passengers must have:
- $100,000 per person
- $300,000 per occurrence CSL (Combined Single Limit, or the total limit for bodily injury and property damage)
- $200,000 personal injury protection
Taxis outside the five boroughs of New York City are often required to carry only the compulsory minimum amount of insurance coverage, which can be as low as $25,000 for a single claimant or a total of $50,000 for two or more injured claimants.
If your injuries are extensive, your damages could easily exceed this insurance coverage. Our team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. wants to help you explore all of your potential options for compensation.
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We Protect Your Rights After a Taxi Accident
You could recover compensation for damages as an injured passenger if a taxicab driver breached their duty of care to give you a safe ride to your destination. You also have the right to seek compensation if you were injured by a reckless taxi driver as a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorist.
Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. accepts taxi accident cases that involve various factors, including:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Drowsy driving
- Failing to yield
- Not supplying seat belts
- Seat belts that do not function properly
- Exceeding the number of passengers that the vehicle legally may hold
- Insufficient safety and maintenance (such as faulty brakes)
- Aggressive driving (road rage)
If you have questions or concerns about a recent taxi accident in New York, our team will answer them during a free consultation.
Call Our Firm to Hire a Taxi Accident Lawyer Today
If you were injured as a passenger, pedestrian, cyclist, or another motorist in an accident with a taxi, hire Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. A lawyer from our firm will seek compensation on your behalf and safeguard your legal rights in New York.
Call (516) 932-0400 for a free consultation.