Despite its proximity to Manhattan, the undisputed capital of New York City’s taxi industry, the Bronx is relatively under-served by cabs. In fact, only 8% of all taxi trips originate in the “outer boroughs” (anywhere other than Manhattan), and only 1% both begin and end in those boroughs. Obviously, when most of us ride through the Bronx in a cab, we’re either coming from or going to Manhattan.
But regardless of these facts, the Bronx is intimately tied to the taxi industry. And now a new initiative from New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) seeks to inundate the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island with a new type of cab. A new fleet of 1,800 bright green “Boro Taxis” has been developed to serve residents of the Bronx and the other “outer boroughs.” The green cabs are explicitly prohibited from picking up fares below West 110th Street. To learn more about the Boro Taxi program, visit the TLC’s website here.
At the moment, there are 1,200 licensed Boro Taxis serving the Bronx. And while the initiative will certainly promote access to efficient transportation in the borough, an increase in taxi traffic will undoubtedly have devastating ramifications. In 1999 alone, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles was officially notified of 4,270 taxi collisions in the city. Most crashes occur in Manhattan.
But for pedestrians, the danger that more cabs will present cannot be overstated. The Bronx is already home to an extremely high rate of accidents that result in severe injury to pedestrians as well as bicyclists hits by taxi cabs in New York. After taking daytime population change into account (commuter traffic skews the numbers), more pedestrians die or are seriously injured in the Bronx than any other borough. One zip code, 10458, saw 126 pedestrians struck by vehicles between 2002 and 2006. You can find a map of traffic collisions that involve pedestrians on the NYC.gov website. How will the influx of green cabs affect residents of the Bronx? It’s too early to say, but the borough’s current numbers may be cause for alarm.
The personal injury lawyers at Banville Law are devoted to representing victims injured in New York City taxi cab accidents. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you can seek compensation that covers medical expenses, lost wages, and “non-economic damages,” like pain and suffering. New York’s “no-fault” insurance system only allows you to collect for necessary medical bills and lost wages after an accident.
For many, that’s simply not enough to recover fully. The taxi accident lawyers at Banville Law offer their services on a contingency-fee-basis: you only pay us if we win your case.
Banville Law offers a solution. If negligence led to your cab accident, we will pursue those responsible to the fullest extent of the law. Schedule a free consultation today!
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