New York Taxi Accident Lawyer
Many taxi drivers use the appropriate, responsible level of care as they transport passengers in and around the greater New York City area.
However, a few drivers do act recklessly behind the wheel. If you or a loved one were injured in a taxi accident, you deserve to know your legal rights. A taxi accident lawyer in New York with Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will help you seek compensation for damages that you may be entitled to recover.
For a free consultation, call (516) 932-0400. If you cannot come to our office, a member of our team will meet with you at your home or the hospital in the greater New York metropolitan area or on Long Island.
We Protect Your Rights After a Taxi Accident
Injured passengers may be able to recover compensation for damages if the driver breached his or her duty of care to give you a safe ride to your chosen destination. You also have the right to pursue 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 are caused by several 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, please call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. for a free consultation: (516) 932-0400.
Do Not Overstep the Statute of Limitations
New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules § 214, sets forth the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit. Although a taxi accident lawyer will first seek compensation from the insurance company, it may be necessary to go to trial.
A legal complaint filed after the statute of limitations has passed will be dismissed, although there are rare exceptions. You want to be sure that you have the chance to exert your legal rights so please call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. as soon as possible.
Licensed Taxi Drivers Must Carry Adequate Insurance
The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission mandates that all licensed taxicab drivers must 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.
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. That is why you should consult an attorney with Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. to explore other options for compensation.
We Manage Your Insurance Claim While You Are Recovering
You should realize that insurance carriers make it difficult for you to recover damages. They are happy to close claims out for a zero-dollar payout or for as low a dollar-figure payout as they can. Your claim must be thoroughly documented with evidence that supports your economic and noneconomic losses to overcome that insurance carrier objective, whether through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or litigation.
Few people outside of the personal injury field of the legal profession are thoroughly familiar with New York’s liability and negligence laws. If you are recovering from your injuries at home, the hospital, or a rehabilitation center, dealing with the insurance company can be overwhelming.
Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will take care of the necessary details involved in investigating, serving notice of, and prosecuting a claim, including:
- Reviewing evidence in the form of police reports, witness statements, photos or videos, and the vehicle’s onboard digital information system.
- Checking the driver’s history for earlier 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.
A taxi accident lawyer in NY will help you recover compensation on a contingency fee basis, meaning that no legal fee is ever due unless and until we win a money recovery for you. You can structure your agreement with us to make certain that you will never have an out of pocket expense related to the work we do for you.
Determining Damages for a Taxi Accident
Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will identify the damages that you may 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, we can also seek such damages as:
- Diminished quality of life
- Diminished earning ability
- Loss of consortium
Your lawyer may consult with specialists such as medical experts, vocational rehabilitation professionals, life care planners, and economists. For a free consultation, call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today at (516) 932-0400.
Discover the Many Benefits of Working With Our Lawyers
Since 1991, Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. has been a passionate legal advocate for injured and disabled people. We consider it an honor to help those affected by someone’s negligence to recover their rightful compensation.
Our commitment to personalized legal representation and exceptional client services includes:
Keeping You Updated About Your Case
We communicate with you to keep you current and informed throughout your case.
Identifying Fault for All Responsible Parties
A taxi accident lawyer will look for evidence to support our claim that the other party acted negligently.
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 lawyers.
Securing Evidence of Liability and Negligence
We conduct a thorough examination of your case to obtain evidence of the other party’s liability and negligence.
Assessing a Value for Your Damages
Our lawyers consider not only your current losses but predicted expenses, such as, for example, future lost-earnings, future medical expenses, and long-term care.
Call a Taxi Accident Lawyer Today
If you were injured as a passenger, pedestrian, cyclist, or another motorist in an accident with a taxi, call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. A taxi accident lawyer in NY will seek compensation on your behalf and safeguard your legal rights.
Call (516) 932-0400 for a free consultation.