Serious Injuries Can Occur in a Taxi Accident
Whenever we get into a motor vehicle where someone else is behind the wheel, we put our lives in their hands. This is especially true whenever our hands go up to hail a cab. Whatever the reason is behind riding in a taxi, we are entrusting that driver to get us safely to our next destination. You trust that the driver is responsible driver that has been checked thoroughly by the organization that has handed him/her a license to drive their vehicle. But what happens when you get into an accident in a taxi?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 11,000 people employed as a taxi driver in New York metropolitan area. Although statistics have found that cab accidents are low, the possibility of injury is high. In 2006, a study had found that taxi and livery cabs had fewer accidents than other drivers in New York yet the accidents did result in major injuries for the passengers.
Why? Well a possibility is because passengers are less likely to wear seat belts, unlike the drivers. Another reason could be the plastic partition that separates the front of the cab from the back. Whatever the reason, passengers in accidents have experienced severe injuries such as brain injuries, broken bones, whiplash, and soft tissue damage.
If you get into an accident in a taxi cab, follow these steps:
- If injured, seek medical assistance immediately.
- Get the name and identification number of the taxi driver. If he/she isn’t self-employed, make sure you get contact information for the taxi company.
- Get information for the other driver involved in the accident.
- Make sure you get statements from any witnesses involved.
- Take any photographs of the scene.
And remember, the most important step: contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone as soon as possible. For the past 26 years, we’ve been handling all types of auto accidents and know how to deal with the insurance companies. If you’ve been in an accident, you’re going to need an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side. Contact us today for a free consultation.