On March 10, 2016 a New York City taxi cab jumped a curb and slammed into a building after driving at a high rate of speed. According to CBS New York, the taxi cab ran a red light at the intersection of First Avenue and 33rd Street at about 8:45 a.m. The taxi driver hit and injured two pedestrians, as well as suffering injuries himself. Witnesses say that there were many more people in the area that narrowly escaped being hit, especially since the incident occurred during rush hour. All injured parties were taken to New York University Langone Medical Center, and were reported to suffer only non-life threatening injuries.
This incident has not been the only one involving taxi cabs in New York City in 2016. On March 20, a 44-year-old woman was struck and killed by a yellow taxi cab on First Avenue between 16th and 17th streets. The taxi cab driver fled the scene after the incident, later to be identified and arrested.
Unfortunately, 2016 has not been an atypical year. The New York Post reported on a taxi cab accident in 2015, when a California woman, visiting for a friend’s funeral, was struck by a taxi cab and pinned while loading luggage into the trunk of another cab. She was planning on taking the cab to John F. Kennedy Airport, loading her luggage while the cab was stopped at a traffic signal. The woman was rushed to the hospital and underwent surgery on her leg. A few months later, a woman visiting from Florida was killed after being struck by a yellow cab SUV.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a taxi cab accident or another auto accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. A skilled attorney will protect your legal rights and can help you and your family receive the compensation you deserve. Call Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC at (718) 238-2400 or (212) 779-2400.