Bicyclist Injured In Manhattan Taxi Accident On The Upper East Side Along Broadway and West 70th Street
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (February 29, 2020) – A bicyclist was seriously injured in a car accident with a taxicab on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Broadway and West 70th Street.
New York Police Department officials are saying that the accident took place around 9:00 a.m. For reasons that remain under investigation a yellow taxicab collided with the bicyclist.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. They were taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment.
The driver of the taxicab remained at the scene and cooperated with police. An investigation into the accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Manhattan Taxi Accidents
Taxi companies are considered “common carriers” under the law and are held to a very high standard in terms of safety. Taxi drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. According to New York Vehicle Code 1146, “Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law to the contrary, every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any bicyclist, pedestrian, or domestic animal upon any roadway and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary.” Drivers that fail to exercise due care may face:
- Civil liability
- Jail time
Any person that is injured in a taxicab accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It is imperative that drivers continue to seek follow up care after an accident. Unfortunately, taxi companies will often fight hard to deny liability for an accident. A taxi accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Manhattan Taxi Accident
We at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson extend our thoughts and prayers to the victim that was injured in this accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the NYPD as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help prevent additional accidents like this. Pedestrians should feel safe as they are going about their lives in NYC.