In its recent rankings of “bicycle friendly” cities, Bicycling Magazine placed New York City at #7. The article cited NYC’s Citi Bike program, which seeks to promote cycling through a wide-scale bike share system, and the over 1,800 miles of bike lanes planned to be completed by 2030. In other words, New York City will become bike-friendly over time, but not just yet.
NYC is currently home to more than 400 miles of “bike friendly” streets. Unfortunately, many of these lanes are desperately in need of repair or tucked out of the way on lightly-traveled roadways. And while there are many precautions that a conscientious cyclist can take to avoid the risk of accident, some hazards find you. Chief among these? New York City’s over 13,000 yellow taxi cabs.
Bicycle Accidents With Taxi Cabs In New York City
According to New York’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), 6,137 bicyclists were involved in car collisions in 2012.
While bicyclists are struck by taxis less frequently than privately-owned vehicles, a groundbreaking research study found that cabs injure more cyclists than any other vehicle. And without the protective chassis of a motor vehicle to protect them, bicyclists are far more likely than car passengers to suffer severe injuries. In fact, nearly 75% of bike accident fatalities result directly from head trauma.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a particular concern, although symptoms may not surface until days, weeks, even months after an accident. Learn more about TBI here.
Taxi Driver Negligence Harms Cyclists Every Day
In general, cyclists are injured by taxis in one of three ways:
- “Doored” by drivers or passengers opening taxi door into traffic
- Cab driver’s improper lane change, with or without use of turning signal
- Taxis veering into, parking, or standing in bike lane illegally
A disproportionate number of these crashes occur at 4 – way intersections, where drivers are more likely to misunderstand, or simply disregard, right of way laws.
Why Do I Need A Personal Injury Lawyer?
Were you injured in a bike accident with a taxi cab?
If you have automobile insurance, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. But New York State’s “No Fault” insurance system restricts the damages that you can receive. In most cases, there is a strict limit of $50,000, which can only cover necessary medical expenses and lost wages.
Beyond the fact that most extensive courses of treatment cost far more than that sum, an insurance claim offers no compensation for pain, suffering, or loss of enjoyment of life. These “non-economic damages” can only be pursued through a personal injury lawsuit.
Contact An Attorney
The NYC bike accident lawyers at Banville Law have helped numerous victims reclaim peace of mind, and achieve financial stability, after devastating accidents. An exacting approach allows us to determine the precise extent of your injury and identify the factors that led to your crash. Leveraging an extensive knowledge of New York City’s legal system, we seek maximum compensation by working with medical professionals and respected accident investigators.
Banville Law’s attorneys always offer their legal services on a contingency – fee basis, which means that you owe us nothing unless we win your case.
A taxi driver’s negligence threatened your health, your well-being, and your livelihood. It’s time to begin seeking justice. Schedule a free consultation with Banville Law’s personal injury lawyers today.