A shocking taxi accident in New York late last month sent one young woman to the hospital with life threatening injuries and the driver of the vehicle to jail. This is the latest example of a reckless taxi driver failing to give pedestrians the proper consideration while driving on New York City streets.
It seems that not a week goes by without a tragic story like this in the news. Taxi accidents in New York (especially those involving pedestrians) are so common and frustrating to the public because pedestrians have the right of way in many of these cases.
Indeed, the young woman was crossing the street in the crosswalk with the light near 8th Avenue and 57th Street in Manhattan when a taxi cab driven by 29-year old Babul Miah ran her down. The SUV cab was turning right when it struck the young woman and continued on, jumping the curb and crashing into a bank of payphones hard enough to rip them right out of the ground. When rescue crews arrived, the rushed the young woman to Weil-Cornell Medical Center suffering from severe head trauma.
Miah, who had been licensed to drive a cab for less than a year, was given a breathalyzer test by the NYPD and passed. Drivers and the vehicle owners can be sued for an accident victim’s injuries and lost wages. However, the new Right-of-Way Law gives victims even more assistance in fighting against careless drivers. In this case, Miah was charged with failure to exercise due care and failure to yield to a pedestrian under the new provisions of this law.
In such horrific pedestrian accidents, injured individuals and family members of deceased accident victim have a legal right to compensation. If you have been hurt by an inattentive driver or have lost a loved one because of a taxi driver’s carelessness, contact and experienced New York City taxi accident attorney immediately. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel for a free consultation at (800) 734-9338 or (212) 385-1122 to learn your rights.