Unlike New York City’s other boroughs, Staten Island suffers from limited public transportation options. Serviced by only one subway line that travels over Jamaica Bay to Brooklyn, many Staten Island residents have turned to taxi travel for the daily commute. A study performed by New York University found that Staten Island was the only borough where residents preferred taxis and other means of transportation to public transportation.
Even so, demand is relatively low. Compared to Manhattan, where 90.3% of all taxi pick-ups occur, the outer-boroughs combined make up only 8%. In fact, most studies of taxi activity in New York City only mention Staten Island in passing, if at all.
Taxi Accidents On Staten Island
The last comprehensive research study performed on crashes within New York’s taxi industry was completed in 2006. Using primarily data gathered by Schaller Consulting, it found that approximately 4,000 traffic collisions involve taxi cabs annually. With only 0.8% of taxi rides originating on the “forgotten borough,” it can be safely assumed that few of these accidents occur on Staten Island. And while statistics on the borough’s taxi crash rate have yet to appear, numbers are available on the amount of pedestrians struck by vehicles. Approximately 62 pedestrians are killed or severely injured in traffic collisions every year on Staten Island. You can find more information here.
Contact A Lawyer
Were you injured in a taxi accident on Staten Island? The personal injury lawyers at Banville Law can help. With years of experience, and a proven track record of success, our attorneys offer compassionate counsel and expert guidance. We will fight aggressively to see that your rights are respected, whether that means standing up to insurance companies or filing a personal injury lawsuit.
If you have been hurt by another’s negligence, do not hesitate. Contact our Staten Island taxi accident lawyers today to schedule a free consultation. Our lawyers always offer their legal services on a contingency-fee basis: you owe us nothing unless we win your case.