After experiencing a New York City taxi cab accident, it can be difficult to keep a level head. Many passengers involved in taxi cab accidents are shocked that this happened, and they may be seriously hurt. Insurance companies often start asking for statements from those injured in taxi cab accidents the same day or the next day. As injured passengers are often in shock, it can be difficult for them to give statements to insurance companies.
Speaking with a skilled taxi accident lawyer before speaking to insurance company representatives can be a wise decision. At Pulvers Thomspon, our lawyers can advise you as to whether or not you have a right to compensation for your injuries. Many New Yorkers use taxi cabs extensively. Taking the time to consider what to do after a New York City taxi accident can be beneficial.
Assess Yourself for Injuries
First, determine whether you are injured. It can be difficult to know the extent of your injuries. Many back injuries, neck injuries, and bruises do not become apparent until days after the crash. The shock of being in a taxi accident makes it difficult to assess the extent of the injuries because shock can mask pain signals. Call 911 if you or anyone else needs immediate medical treatment.
Make Sure the Taxi Driver Comes to a Complete Stop
Under New York City’s regulations, when property damage happens in a car accident, the drivers must stop. Drivers who leave the scene of a New York City traffic accident face a Class A Misdemeanor charge. Leaving the scene of an accident in which a serious injury occurs is a felony. Nonetheless, taxi drivers have been known to leave the scene of the accident. Ask the driver to pull over after the accident takes place.
Notify Law Enforcement
Calling 911 is the most important step to take immediately after the accident. Next, call the New York City Police Department and ask them to come to the scene of the accident. Officers will create a police report. When it becomes available, secure a copy of the police report as it may be of help in a personal injury lawsuit. Try to collect the following information:
- The taxi cab driver’s name
- Date of Birth
- Email address
- Phone Number
- The Driver’s License Number and Expiration Date
- Insurance Carrier
- The tax’s make and model
- The license plate number of the taxi
- The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of the car. Typically, you can find a vehicle’s VIN on the taxi driver’s insurance card or on a sticker on the dashboard of the driver’s side of the tax
- The year of manufacture of the taxi cab
Next, if you are able, take photos of the accident scene with your phone. Write down any details that you remember about the events that lead up to the taxi cab accident. Draw a diagram of the accident. Finally, contact a skilled New York City taxi accident lawyer. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Pulvers Thomspon have helped many clients receive compensation for injuries caused by taxi cab accidents.