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Manhattan cab driver killed in car accident just outside taxi

You don't have to be a New Yorker to understand that the city's streets can be deadly. Car accidents happen frequently and can be deadly even at slower speeds. While most people who make the choice to drive their own cars in New York are aware of the risks and rules of driving in heavy traffic, accidents happen every day, and sometimes, unfortunately, they are deadly.

Those who don't want to deal with the dangers and hassle of driving in Manhattan and other congested areas rely instead on public transportation or taxi cabs. But even these vehicles' drivers, experienced as they may be, are not immune injury or death from a car accident.

A tragic example is the death of a cab driver last weekend. The 35-year-old driver, a resident of Queens, had double-parked his taxi about 2 a.m. Sunday and was standing next to it when an SUV came driving up from behind and rear-ended the cab. Police and witnesses to the crash said the impact pushed the cab forward, striking the cab driver so hard that he was knocked out of his shoes and sent through the air, landing near a curb. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both the cab and the SUV crashed into three parked cars nearby, one of whom contained a driver who suffered minor injuries. The SUV's driver was not suspected of being intoxicated, but a witness overheard him tell police that his car suffered a mechanical failure that caused the accelerator to stick. The SUV was apparently speeding and its engine was racing when it hit the cab.

As the investigation into the crash continues, the cab driver's family is mourning his loss. One relative, also a cab driver, said the accident put a fear in him he didn't have before. He worries about his own safety, especially as a driver who spends all day in traffic, stepping in and out of a cab just as his cousin did.

The risks aren't limited to cab drivers, of course. Anyone who drives or rides as a passenger in high-traffic areas is at risk of a serious car accident, even a fatal one. Those who have been injured or lost someone in an accident should know that help is available as they try to recover both physically and financially.

Source: New York Daily News, "Cabbie killed in Manhattan car accident," Vera Chinese, Erik Badia and Barry Paddock, Jan 20, 2013

  • Our firm handles car accidents and other personal injury matters for residents of New York and New Jersey. To learn more about our practice, please visit our Newark car accidents page.

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