Taxis and Uber vehicles service Brooklyn and New York City, driving people to and from the locations of their choosing. In New York City alone, there are 49,000 taxi drivers serving the city. Over 241 million people take taxis every year. Since the rise of Uber, the number of people that take taxis over Uber vehicles has changed the way people travel in Brooklyn and New York. Uber is a service started in 2009 that allows private motorists to become pseudo cab drivers, picking people up who order their services through a smart phone application. When we use a cab or Uber car, we hope that our safety is the driver’s main objective. Though most rides are without incident, accidents are bound to happen. The roads of Brooklyn and New York City are congested with aggressive drivers. Anyone who operates a vehicle is at risk of an accident. Taxi and Uber drivers are no different. If you have been injured in a taxi or Uber vehicle accident, you need to contact a law firm with experience with personal injuries. Contact Weinstein, Chase, Messinger & Peters, P.C. for a consultation.
The ways taxis are constructed make them more dangerous than Uber cars. Uber vehicles are private cars and SUVs that take the driver and passengers’ safety seriously. Whether you are in the front seat or in the back, a private vehicle’s construction will consider all types of accidents. When you are riding in a cab, you are surrounded by hard surfaces, driving quickly through the aggressive streets of New York, and usually, you are not wearing a seatbelt. Those who ride in taxicabs are more prone to serious injuries when in accidents.
New York is a no-fault insurance state. When you are in a motor vehicle accident, your medical bills and lost wages will be covered under the driver’s personal injury protection policy (PIP). Taxi and Uber accidents are no different. If your injuries are serious enough that PIP doesn’t adequately cover your needs, you may have to consider taking legal action against the negligent party. It may be your driver or the other car’s operator. Whatever the case, if damages exceed the PIP coverage, the negligent party will be responsible for the difference in most cases. It is important to know that taxis are obligated to have more coverage than Uber drivers. The minimum no-fault coverage for a private car owner is $25,000-$50,000. A taxi and limousine commission vehicle must have at least $50,000 in no fault insurance coverage and $100,000 in liability insurance coverage.
Weinstein, Chase, Messinger & Peters, P.C. has handled countless personal injury cases regarding taxis, limousines, and Uber vehicles. If you have been injured in a taxi or Uber vehicle, your case may not be that simple. Negligence may be assigned to multiple drivers depending on the situation. Also, you may be able to sue the owner of the cab in addition to the operator. If you need quality legal services from a law firm dedicated to the victims of accidents, contact Weinstein, Chase, Messinger & Peters, P.C.