Where you in a Bicycle Accident with a NYC Taxi Cab?
Yellow taxi cabs are so abundant on the streets of New York City, that one can even say they have become a symbol of the Big Apple. Although the large number of cabs is a convenient mode of transportation for passengers, bicyclists generally have a different encounter with the N.Y.C. taxi cabs.
New York City has seen a steady rise in the number of bicycle accidents with cabs. This is no surprise due to the increasing number of riders and almost 10,000 cabs sharing the same crowded streets.
If you have been injured while riding your bike as a result of an accident with a N.Y.C. taxi cab, the New York bicycle attorneys at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. will aggressively pursue the negligent party to get you the full compensation that you deserve.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents Involving Taxi Cabs
Although an accident can happen anywhere and for any number of reasons, there are some common causes of bicycle accidents with N.Y.C. taxis, such as:
- Getting “doored” by a passenger exiting the taxi
- Illegal parking, waiting or entering into bike lanes by taxicab drivers
- Taxicab drivers turning in front of or into unsuspecting bikers
- Driver negligence, distraction, and/or fatigue
- Failure to obey traffic laws and signs
Each of these settings can result in serious accidents and even more serious injuries to the bicyclists. And, unfortunately for the bicyclist victims, insurance companies that represent N.Y.C. yellow taxi cabs are known for being difficult when processing and paying claims, regardless of who is at fault.
This is precisely why you need an aggressive New York bicycle attorney by your side. Our New York bicycle attorneys know what we are up against and how to fight back. We will get you the compensation that you deserve.
New York Laws Designed to Prevent Taxi Cab Collisions with Bicycles
In order to prevent or reduce bicyclists from being injured by N.Y.C. taxi cabs, New York has enacted various laws that govern how cab drivers can pick and drop off passengers. Some of these laws include:
- NYCRR Section 4-11, Section C: taxis must be within 12 inches of the curb or parallel to it when picking up or dropping off passengers.
- NYCRR Section 4-11(c): taxis cannot pick up or drop of passengers if doing so will obstruct traffic, where stopping is prohibited, and/or they are within a bicycle lane.
- NYCRR Section 4-12-(c): Passengers are not permitted to get out of a taxi from the door facing the traveled side of the street if it interferes with another driver or a bicyclist.
If a taxi cab driver does not follow these laws and a violation results in an accident with a bicyclist, the taxi driver will be held liable and the injured bicyclist may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Free Consultation With One Of Our New York City bicycle Attorneys
If you or a loved one was seriously injured by the negligent or reckless driving of a N.Y.C. taxi cab driver, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced New York City bicycle attorneys, please call Gersowitz, Libo & Korek P.C. at (212)584-2494.
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