Taxi Lawyers in NYC Can Help You Get Compensation
New York City seems to have more than its share of taxis, so it comes as little surprise that they are involved in many accidents. For victims of these accidents, the results can be traumatic and devastating, leading to serious injuries, long-term care, loss of income from inability to work, and even death. When that happens, it can often be difficult to figure out which insurance company is primarily responsible for compensating you, how much coverage is actually available to you, and whether any third parties should bear some of the cost of paying your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and other legal damages.
If you were seriously injured or a loved one has died in a wreck involving a New York City taxicab, the legal team at Tucker Lawyers PC will aggressively hold the driver or taxi company accountable. Over the years, we have successfully argued cases and negotiated high-dollar insurance settlements for many people injured by the negligence and recklessness of taxi drivers. We handle cases in all five boroughs and all of Long Island and are prepared to work hard to see that you get the compensation you deserve for what you’ve been through.
Count on our NYC taxi accident lawyer to represent your rights and defend your interests. Learn more about our services below, and give us a call at (516) 399-2364 to schedule a free case consultation.
How We Can Help You After an NYC Taxi Accident
OUR TAXI ACCIDENT LAWYERS IN NYC START WORKING TO WIN YOUR CASE IMMEDIATELY.
If you are looking for an NYC taxicab accident lawyer, you have plenty of choices. Why call Tucker Lawyers? Our NYC taxi accident lawyers at Tucker Lawyers have decades of legal experience and are highly skilled. We have a winning track record and provide top-notch client service.
When you have our NYC taxi accident attorneys on your side, we will…
- Listen to your version of what happened, determine if you have a valid case, assess who the at-fault parties may be, and estimate what a fair settlement should be
- Make sure you get the medical treatment you need and that your treatments and symptoms are properly documented
- Take care of all legal matters, filings, deadlines, and court appearances
- Investigate your case, gathering evidence such as police and medical reports, photos and videos from surveillance cameras, and interviewing witnesses and first responders
- Hire experts to reconstruct the crash scene and provide testimony as to what happened and experts to testify as to your costs and injuries and their effects on your life
- Deal with communications and negotiations with insurance companies and their lawyers
- Take your case to court and handle all aspects of a trial if necessary.
Rely on our NYC taxicab accident attorney to be there for you throughout the entire legal process, answering your questions and addressing your concerns. Call us today at (516) 399-2364.
Why Choose Us?
We understand that you have options if you are looking for a taxi accident lawyer in New York City. Some of the reasons why you should partner with our team include:
- We have an unparalleled level of experience representing clients following a taxi accident.
- We have connections throughout the industry that we can use to make sure a full investigation is conducted.
- We can negotiate with the insurance company or the other party’s lawyers on your behalf to make sure you receive a fair and just settlement.
- We can help you take your case to trial if it is necessary.
You should focus all of your attention and energy on getting better. Let our team handle your taxi accident on your behalf.
What Can I Get in a Taxicab Settlement?
OUR NYC TAXI ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS CAN WIN COMPENSATION THAT COVERS ALL YOUR ECONOMIC EXPENSES AND NON-ECONOMIC DAMAGES.
Perhaps you were a passenger in a taxi when you were involved in an accident. Maybe you are a passenger in another vehicle that collided with a taxi. You may have even been a cyclist or pedestrian that was struck by a taxi. Regardless of the situation, Tucker lawyers will work to win compensation for all the expenses you have faced and are likely to experience in the future. These are referred to as “damages,” and include:
Economic damages for your monetary costs, such as . . .
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses, including doctor visits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, physical therapy, tests, treatments, and medications
- Lost income, including past and future income, due to an inability to work
- Property damage.
Non-economic damages for costs that do not have a specific dollar value but are just as important because they negatively impact your life. A few common examples include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of quality of life.
AMOUNTS OF DAMAGE AWARDS YOU MAY RECEIVE
There is a wide range of damage award amounts possible in a taxi accident lawsuit. The amount you could receive will vary depending on the factors of the individual case. A few examples include the extent and permanence of the injuries, whether you will need continuing care, whether you will be able to return to work, and whether there is a wrongful death involved. The skill and negotiating power of your NYC taxicab accident lawyer are also factors.
We understand that the process can be overwhelming, and you deserve to focus all of your attention on your medical recovery. Let us handle the paperwork, stress, and legal issues for you.
Give us a call today at (516) 399-2364 to schedule a consultation.
Dealing With Insurance in a Taxi Accident Claim
THE ROUTE TO COMPENSATION THROUGH A CABBIE’S INSURANCE COMPANY IS SELDOM EASY
In order to be licensed by the city, New York taxicabs are legally required to carry no-fault insurance. It pays for a certain level of damages, such as medical bills, wage loss, and some expenses related to your injuries, regardless of who was at fault.
If you have suffered a serious injury, though, don’t be surprised if your bills and other losses end up being higher than the no-fault limits. Once no-fault insurance is exhausted, you may be able to seek further compensation from the taxicab company’s liability insurance. Licensed limousine and taxi services in New York City must carry liability insurance policies that pay a minimum of $100,000 to one person and $300,000 for all persons injured in a single accident. Unlicensed “gypsy cabs” could carry as little as $25,000 for one person and only $50,000 for all persons injured in one accident.
New to the taxicab scene, Uber and Lyft ridesharing drivers have $1 million in liability coverage. It’s also possible to augment the aforementioned compensation by filing a claim against the other driver in the accident if he or she shares the blame for the wreck.
In spite of the true facts surrounding the accident that injured you, taxicabs, their companies, and their insurance carriers (and lawyers) will likely argue that you were partially (or completely) at fault. They do this to try to get out of paying you any of the compensation you deserve.
They might argue that you weren’t wearing a seatbelt or that you were injured after you exited the taxi. That’s why the seasoned NYC taxi accident attorneys at Tucker Lawyers PC work with experienced accident investigators to mitigate attempts by taxicab drivers, their employers, and insurers to evade liability.
Investigators measure skid marks, analyze vehicle damage, locate and interview witnesses, and find video footage from cameras in the area to reinforce your injury claims. If injured in a taxicab accident, you should demand that the police be called and that you be taken to a local hospital for immediate treatment, even if you’re feeling fine. That way, you establish a paper trail of your injuries, have evidence to support your side of the story, and make it easier for us to prove liability.
NYC Taxi Attorneys Must Prove Liability
Taxicab drivers are liable for injuries they cause when they hit other vehicles, pedestrians, or bicyclists, as well as their own passengers. To win your case, our taxi attorneys must prove that another party was negligent or at fault for causing your accident. Then, we need to prove you suffered damages as a result. Legally, this means proving that:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care not to cause harm.
- The defendant breached that duty by actions or failing to act.
- The breach caused your injuries.
- The injuries resulted in actual damages.
New York City taxi accidents can be rather confusing legal proceedings, because there are times when multiple parties can contribute to the accident, such as:
- The taxicab driver
- The taxicab company
- Other drivers
- The manufacturer of the taxi or its parts, if these were defective
- The company responsible for maintaining the cab
- Government agencies, where, for example, a poorly maintained road or defective traffic light contributed to the accident.
Our NYC taxicab accident attorneys will look to name all liable parties as defendants in your lawsuit, as they all may have insurance or assets that can go toward a settlement.
Our Taxi Accident Lawyers in NYC Answer Your Questions
It’s only natural to have questions after a taxi accident. Here are some answers to questions our attorneys are often asked:
Do I need an attorney to handle my claim?
No, but it’s likely that the cab’s insurance company employs an army of attorneys, adjusters, and experts. To be fairly compensated you must hire a law firm which focuses on this type of law. Our legal team has decades of experience and a proven track record of maximizing settlements, which places us in the best position to assure you’ll get all you are entitled to.
What are the time limits for filing a lawsuit after a taxi accident?
New York has a statute of limitations, a time limit for filing personal injury lawsuits. According to the law (NY Civil Practice Laws & Rules Section 214), you generally must file a lawsuit within three years from the date of the incident, and the time is usually shorter if the defendant is a municipality. Except for some rare exceptions, if you let the deadline expire, the courts are likely to dismiss your case.
Because of this time limit, it makes sense to contact our attorneys as soon as you can after the accident to allow sufficient time to investigate and build a case on your behalf.
How will my medical bills get paid?
If you were a passenger in the cab, or a pedestrian or bicyclist struck by a cab, your medical bills will be paid by the cab’s insurance company. If you were the driver or passenger in a vehicle that was hit by a cab, your medical bills will first be paid for by the insurance company for the car that you were in. No-fault insurance will also pay for lost wages, prescription costs, transportation to medical providers, and reasonable expenses for household services. It does NOT pay for pain and suffering, for which you need to bring a lawsuit.
What is the legal definition of a serious injury?
A serious injury is defined under New York State law as “death; dismemberment; significant disfigurement; fracture; loss of a fetus; permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function, or system; permanent consequential limitation of use of a body organ or member; significant limitation of use of a body function or system; or a medically determined injury or impairment of a non-permanent nature which prevents the injured person from performing substantially all of the material acts which constitute such person’s usual and customary daily activities for not less than ninety days during the 180 days immediately following the occurrence of the injury or impairment.” (NY ISP §5102(d))
If you have additional questions, reach out to our brooklyn car accident lawyers at Tucker Lawyers by calling (516) 399-2364.
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Managing Attorney John. J. Tucker, Esq.
John has personally handled thousands of clients who were victims of another’s negligence and fights relentlessly for their rights. John enjoys bringing closure to a client’s matter so that the injured party can move forward with their life. His background enables him to evaluate complex liability related claims and bring resolution to claims in a record time frame. [ Attorney Bio ]