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Taxi Jumps Curb Injuring 3 Pedestrians

In Manhattan’s Upper East Side, three people were hospitalized after a cab jumped a curb on the morning of July 5th, 2014.  The driver apparently lost control of his taxi, consequentially endangering the lives of nearby pedestrians.

According to reports, the taxi was traveling southbound on York Avenue between 78th and 79th streets when it slammed into a local hardware store, smashing the storefront’s glass.  Fortunately, however, the cab did not enter the store.

As a result of this sudden occurrence, two pedestrians and the driver suffered minor injuries and were hospitalized for further evaluation. Additionally, a grandmother and a young child, who were in the vicinity of the accident were treated at the scene. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

In the event that the taxi driver is found liable or at fault, it is important that all NYC and borough residents and visitors be aware that New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission requires that all yellow taxi cabs and all licensed livery cabs carry a minimum of $100,000.00/$300,000.00 in liability insurance coverage. This means that any one person, when injured by or in a taxi cab, has a maximum of $100,000.00 in liability insurance available to them with up to $300,000.00 when several people are hurt. Medical bills resulting from the accident are covered under a separate coverage called Personal Injury Protection (PIP) or No-Fault insurance for which $50,000 coverage is required.  A passenger or pedestrian injured by a taxi must file a written Application for No-Fault coverage within 30 days after an accident.  This is why many accident victims choose to consult a personal injury attorney immediately following an accident.

New York City has over 13,000 yellow taxi cabs that service the five boroughs — not including the numerous licensed livery or “gypsy cabs.” Pedestrians, bicyclists and passengers alike should be aware of the resources available to them should they fall victim to an unfortunate taxi accident.

At Ernest Holzberg & Associates, P.C. we frequently help our clients recover damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages due to the result of someone else’s careless behavior, including taxi drivers. Contact our experienced New York City taxi accident lawyers for advice regarding your specific situation.

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