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Taxicab accidents in the United States

Taxicabs currently qualify as the preferred mode of transportation for the public. Owing to the widespread use of taxicabs in the United States, taxi accidents are a commonality that passengers and pedestrians must deal with.  According to the Taxicab Fact book, out of 4,270 total taxicab accidents reported in 1999, 71% of them resulted in injury to passengers. 13% caused severe injuries to pedestrians, and 7% harmed cyclists. In the year 1999, liveries were involved in 13,134 accidents and 60% of these resulted in personal injury. Injuries involving taxicabs incurred by pedestrians for the same year numbered 548, with four fatalities.

Police figures show that from 1990 to 1996, the percentage of accidents involving taxis steadily increased from 10% to 15%. Injuries in taxi accidents rose from 12,536 in 1990 to 19,958 in 1996 – an increase of 59%. Moreover, injuries in taxi accidents classified as “serious injuries” including broken bones, severe cuts and internal injuries increased by 4% from 1990 to 1996. The Taxicab Fact Book suggests that while crashes reported may be low, the amount of personal injury cases resulting from these crashes are surprisingly high. The current statistics show that there has been a gradual increase in the accidents occurring across the country.

In the year 2011, with the efforts of the New York City Open Data Platform, it was determined that 16,784 vehicle collisions occurred in New York City alone. 1,351 of these accidents involved taxicabs or livery vehicles – a flat 8%. In September of the same year, 8.24% involved taxicabs and 8.75% in October. 2012 saw a total of 198,370 reported traffic accidents, 19,258 involved cabs or liveries. In 2013, a total of 203,390 accidents were reported, and 20,634 involved cabs or liveries which make 10.15%. This suggests that between 2011 and 2014 there remains an upward trend in the total number of accidents caused by taxis. The startling fact is that between 1999 and 2012, the number of accidents has increased almost five times whereas the increase in the number of yellow cabs was only 658 new cars.

If you have been injured in an accident with a taxi or another motor vehicle, then you should contact the law office of Jayson Lutzky. Mr. Lutzky is a highly experienced accident personal injury. Over the past 31 years, he has obtained millions of dollars for his clients. Mr. Lutzky offers free in-office consultations at his Bronx, New York office. If you have been seriously injured, then home and hospital consultations are also available. Call 718-329-9500 to set up an appointment today. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more about the attorney.

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