Taxis are a staple form of transportation in New York City. This means you are at risk of getting injuries as a passenger if the cab driver is involved in an accident. Even if you ride in a highly visible yellow taxi, which studies show are less likely to be in accidents, you may still end up as a taxi accident victim.
If you regularly use cabs in NYC, it is vital for you to know what to do in the event of a crash. Here are some crucial steps to take in the aftermath of a taxi wreck.
Notify the police
Call 9-1-1 immediately. Not only do you want paramedics at the scene to treat any injuries, but responding police officers will create an official accident report. This can help bolster your insurance claim or lawsuit.
Check for injuries and get medical attention
Of course, your health is the most important priority. Assess yourself for injuries. If you are not noticeably injured, check on other parties involved in the crash. That said, even if you do not have any obvious injuries at the scene, that does not necessarily mean you are not injured. Some symptoms can take several days or weeks to show up. This means going to urgent care or your physician is important, even if you do not require emergency treatment.
Document the details
If you are well enough, document the scene of the crash, including:
- Photographs of the scene
- Names, addresses and contact information for involved parties and witnesses
- Driver's license information from involved parties
- License plate numbers and descriptions of all involved vehicles
- Notes about your driver's behavior, such as any distractions, recklessness or impairment
These details will help you get the compensation you need.
File a claim and/or lawsuit
You should explore your options for holding the negligent party liable for your injuries. You may be able to receive monetary compensation from the driver or insurance company to pay for your medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.