I appeared last night as a legal expert on a televised report about dangerous cab drivers in New York City. Asa Aarons of Ask Asa on CBS-TV in New York called me to ask for help with a story on dangerous cab drivers. He focused on the story of a woman held captive by a cab driver who didn’t want to bring her to the Bronx. I discussed some of the risks that passengers face when climbing into a cab and what people can do if they run into trouble with a taxi driver. You can see the video and read his report here: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/03/21/ask-asa-angry-cab-drivers-can-put-riders-at-risk/
Trouble with Taxis: Legal Cases and Lawsuits with Taxis
In the past two years, I have handled dozens of taxi cases. Most involve simple car accidents – cabbies who cause or get into accidents like any other driver on the road. In those cases, we work to bring our clients justice and compensation for their injuries.
Some cases involve cabbies who grow angry at their passengers and become a menace. These taxi cases include a driver not letting his passengers out of the cab, a driver dragging a woman for a City block, a driver running over his passenger’s foot and a driver so angry that he drove recklessly and caused a three-car accident. Most of the 49,000 New York City taxi drivers are safe, law-abiding people, but the small percentage that act irrationally and injure their passengers are a menace that need to be held accountable. We seek compensation for our clients and justice by holding reckless cabbies and the cab owners responsible for their out-of-control behavior.
What should you do if you get into a cab and the driver acts irrationally or threatens you in any way?
Often a driver will react because he doesn’t want to drive you to your destination – because it is too short a fare or a drive to an outer borough. Do not fight. Do not argue. Get out of the cab as quickly as you can. Protect your safety; that cab ride is not worth suffering an injury. And report the driver immediately to 311 and file a complaint with the Taxi and Limousine Commission. If the driver threatens you, call 911 too. Protect yourself first, then hold the driver accountable.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a taxi accident or by a cab driver, you may want to consult a New York personal injury attorney experienced with taxi accident cases. I would be glad to answer your questions and assist you. You can call me at 1-800-660-1466 or email me. You can also visit my website or read more on my blog, New York Law Thoughts.
Carol L. Schlitt
New York Personal Injury Attorney
This material is intended for informational uses only. It is not meant as legal advice. To receive legal advice, you should consult an attorney. Remember, past results do not guarantee similar outcomes in the future.
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