Residents of Poughkeepsie, New York know how difficult traffic can be at
times. Any morning commute may be hard, as are evening commutes. Making
traffic more difficult is the presence of many different types of vehicles;
private, commercial, and livery.
Taxi cabs are especially abundant. Moreover, the close proximity of Poughkeepsie
to New York City means that Mid to Lower-Hudson Valley residents are familiar
with NYC traffic; in less than 90 minutes many people in Poughkeepsie
can reach the Big Apple.
Whether in NYC, or in Poughkeepsie, people see numerous yellow taxi cabs
every time of day. Many of these cabs are involved in
traffic accidents. You should know that studies report how 75% of accidents with taxis and
other livery vehicles result in injury and or death. 30% is the national
average. Moreover, the likelihood of serious injury is three times higher
for taxi cab passengers.
Part of this is due to the fact that passengers in taxi cabs often do not
wear seat belts; more than 80% do not wear safety belts. If in NYC, note
that Manhattan has the highest taxi cab accident rate.
The injuries from which one could expect to suffer when involved in a
taxi cab crash are bruising, cuts, abrasions, concussions, burns, bleeding, fractures,
brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and the like. While some are minor,
others are significant and will take months to recover from; some injuries
will also be life altering.
Please note that if your injury was caused by the
negligence of a taxi cab driver, or even by the negligence of the taxi cab company, you can seek recovery
for your damages in a court of law.
Negligence will require a showing that the offending party owed you a duty
to not cause the harm that came about. There must be proof that the taxi
driver and or company breach this duty. The breach must have been what
caused your injuries. Lastly, there can be no recovery without a showing
Damages are what victims seek to recover. It could be pain and suffering,
lost wages, medical bills, lost earning potential, and rehabilitation
expenses, just to name a few. Specifically, these are known as compensatory damages.
There is another category of damages; punitive damages. Punitive damages
are rarely awarded, but nonetheless are seen. This type of damages is
used to punish a wrongdoer for especially disturbing behavior; wanton,
reckless, and or intentional conduct that led to the injured party’s
harm and damages.
Since New York has a No-Fault statute, many victims will receive compensation
pursuant to those standards; however, damages in access of that which
is covered can be recuperated through civil litigation.
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Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
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