Taxis are an iconic part of NYC culture. Our yellow cabs especially are known throughout the world, appearing in TV and movies for generations. Sometimes those shows portray taxi drivers as wild-eyed, weaving in and out of traffic to deliver someone to their destination as fast and as recklessly as possible. But is that an accurate depiction? How common are taxi crashes in NYC?
According to the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s 2020 report on NYC drivers, cabbies get into about 820 crashes per month. That’s down from 883 crashes per month in 2018, due in part to the Vision Zero initiative’s goal of eliminating all car crashes.
That doesn’t seem like a lot, at first. However, NYC sees about 9,000 crashes per month, and taxi drivers alone account for 10% of those crashes. That’s actually a surprising amount because NYC law limits the number of taxis across the city to just short of 13,600.
That means, in any given month, 1-in-20 taxi cabs will be in a car crash. If numbers stay consistent throughout the year (a total of 9,900 taxi crashes), that number could be as high as 70% (if hypothetically no single vehicle was in a crash more than once).
All that said, that doesn’t mean taxi drivers are necessarily more accident-prone than other drivers. Rather, it is disparate impact, a consequence of having far more hours behind the wheel than other drivers. In general, the longer you drive, the more likely you are to be in a crash.
If your taxi was involved in a crash or if you were struck by a taxi and suffered serious injuries, you have options. Don’t hesitate to consult a personal injury attorney to discuss your case, as you may be able to recover the damages you need to cover your present and future medical bills as well as the pain and suffering associated with the crash.
If you or someone you love were involved in a taxi accident, you need affordable representation from a team you can trust. If you’d like an experienced New York City injury accident attorney from Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices to evaluate your case, don’t hesitate to call us at (718) 690-3132 or send us an email.