On any given day in New York City, taxi cabs give rides to about 485,000 passengers. But despite the wide-spread notoriety of NYC's cabs, compared to many other world cities, New York does not have that many actual taxi vehicles. Lima, Peru is home to more than 210,000 cabs, and Mexico City's residents are served by 108,000. New York, on the other hand, has far fewer. With 13,000 yellow taxis and 12,000 green "Boro Taxis," only 25,000 vehicles accept fares throughout NYC's five boroughs.
As New Yorkers, our daily lives are often facilitated by taxi travel. But cabs can have other affects, as well. Every year, taxis are involved in approximately 4,000 traffic collisions. Tragically, a groundbreaking audit of the taxi industry published in 2006, found that while taxi accidents cause fewer crashes than other vehicles, accidents involving cabs are far more likely to result in severe injury. In fact, you're three times as likely to be injured seriously in a cab than in any other automobile.
Banville Law's experienced team of personal injury lawyers represent victims injured in taxi crashes throughout the city and its five distinct boroughs. Each region presents a unique view on the taxi industry and, unfortunately, cab-related accidents.
As New York City's economic center, the borough with more high-income employment than any other, Manhattan is disproportionately serviced by the city's cabs. In fact, 90.3% of all taxi pick-ups occur there. As would be expected, cab accidents are concentrated there, as well. In 1999 alone, 3,368 out of 4,270 total collisions that involved taxis took place in Manhattan.
Read more about taxi cab accident practice serving Manhattan here.
Although cabs tend to stay in Manhattan unless their passengers direct them elsewhere, a new initiative from New York City's Taxi & Limousine Commission promises to bring 18,000 green "Boro Taxis" to service the outer-boroughs exclusively. There's no way to predict with certainty how this influx of new cabs will adversely affect New York City's residents, but several Boro Taxis have already caused serious collisions.
As a borough, Queens is already extremely important to the taxi industry. Most cab garages are located in northern Queens, and more drivers themselves live in Queens than anywhere else in NYC. The borough is also home to New York's two major airports, JFK and LaGuardia, which see the highest volume of taxi traffic after Manhattan. One tragic consequence? Queens is NYC's most dangerous borough for pedestrians. In 2013 alone, 46 residents of Queens were fatally injured by cabs.
Learn more by visiting our "Queens" page.
Despite its proximity to both Manhattan and Queens, the Bronx sees little taxi traffic relative to other boroughs. But according to the New York Daily News, growth within the service industry, has expanded the Bronx's job market considerably. Thanks to the private sector, "job growth in the Bronx is six times stronger than the rest of the city." New opportunities will draw workers from New York's other boroughs, and with commuters come taxi cabs.
Find more on taxi cab accidents in the Bronx here.
Like the Bronx, Brooklyn's rapid gentrification has both been spurred by, and contributed to, a rapid influx of young, higher-income residents. Taxi passengers are, on average young, under 35, and from high-income households. Obviously, cabs will follow the market to Brooklyn. And the city's new Boro Taxi program will make it easier than ever for commuters to find a cab in the borough.
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The vast majority of New York City's residents commute to work using mass transportation, most notably the subway system. But not on Staten Island. The island is New York's only borough whose commuters, on average, favor taxi travel to the train.
Learn more about the borough's role in taxi travel on our "Staten Island" page.
Were you injured in a cab accident? Contact Banville Law's taxi crash lawyers today to schedule a free consultation. If someone else's negligence led to your injuries, a personal injury lawsuit will allow you to seek compensation far beyond that offered by any auto insurance company. Our attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis, so you pay us nothing unless we successfully conclude your case. There's no fee unless we win.