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A Red Light for Yellow Cabs

When most people think about New York City, the iconic bright yellow taxicab is one of the first things that comes to mind. However, this icon of New York culture is increasingly being associated with fatal accidents throughout the boroughs. These types of motor vehicle fatalities are getting larger amounts of press space in the last couple months as more sad stories come to light. The most recent, as published by NBC New York, involved a 9-year-old boy and his father who were struck by a taxi driver while crossing the street on the Upper West Side. The father sustained leg injuries; the son was pronounced dead. The taxi driver received a $300 citation for failure to yield to a pedestrian, but kept his license. This story, coupled with other heartbreaking accounts, such as one involving a 5-year-old deaf child who was killed at the Brooklyn Bridge in 2012, and whose parents brought suit against the taxi company in December of 2013, are making clear the necessity for taxicab rule reform. 

Taxi & Limousine Commission's Current Suspension and Revocation Practice

According to The New York Post, who submitted a Freedom of Information Act request, since 2009, of the 16 fatal or serious crashes which involved taxicab drivers, the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) has only revoked licenses from two drivers. According to the TLC, drivers who have had their licenses revoked may return to the road after a waiting period (less than three years), and most drivers who have been involved in some type of fatality are back on the road by the next day. The TLC only temporarily suspends drivers if they have been charged with a crime, and it is up to the discretion of the TLC to suspend the licenses of their drivers, but only if they have been issued six or more moving violations. As of recent, of the 51,340 licensed taxi drivers in NYC, only 874 of them had their licenses revoked due to the number of points they have accumulated.

Future Reform in Store for the Taxi & LImousine Commission?

Mayor De Blasio and the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission announced this week the development of Vision Zero, a 10-year-plan that would reduce the number of vehicle-related fatalities through rezoning plans and new speed limits. According to the TLC's Spokesman Allan Fromberg, the agency is also reevaluating its current suspension and revocation rules to keep taxi drivers who have maimed or killed pedestrians off the road. This commitment to more stringent agency rules comes at the right moment, especially when it has been estimated that one New Yorker is killed every 30 hours in a car-related crash. By implementing stronger suspension and revocation rules, it is in New York City's best interest to get rid of loose rules that function as a slap on the wrist, and commit to taking negligent and dangerous drivers off the city streets.

New York City's Experienced Car Accident Attorneys  

If you or a loved one has been involved in car accident in New York City, please contact one of our experienced New York car accident attorneys as soon as possible. An experienced attorney will be able to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. They can also provide the guidance necessary to move forward with a claim to recover for any damages that you or a loved one has sustained as a result of the accident. Feel free to call at any time at 212-818-0600, or send a message to one of our many experienced legal professionals at Keogh Crispi, P.C. 

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