Taxicabs truly help Brooklyn function. Without them, we would have streets overpopulated with personal vehicles (as if New York traffic wasn’t bad enough) and an overcrowded subway system.
Unfortunately, taxi drivers have been known to drive carelessly-sometimes at the expense of a rider, or worse, an unprotected pedestrian.
You’ve likely heard the recent news story of a British tourist hit by a taxi, her entire foot severed as a result. Sian Green, twenty-three, suffered the injury in late August near 49th Street and Sixth Avenue near Rockefeller Center.
The cab driver, twenty-four-year-old Faysal Kabir Mohammad Himon, was issued a summons after the crash for being an unauthorized driver.
The driver had been arguing with a bicyclist when he lost control of the cab and mowed down Green on the sidewalk, according to a report from the New York Daily News.
Thankfully, nearby strangers sprung into action to help the girl. This included TV star Dr. Oz, who helped to fashion a tourniquet on her leg and put the severed foot on ice.
As a proud New Yorker, I was thrilled to see the quick action taken by those around Green, and I wish her a speedy recovery. I also hope that justice is served, as the cab driver obviously caused her grave injury.
While we would like to think that all cab drivers operate their vehicles safely in order to keep passengers and pedestrians out of harm’s way, the reality is that not every operator acts with safety in mind.
An injury from a taxicab accident, such as the one Green suffered, can be life altering. The medical bills, time away from work, and psychological damage incurred as a result of the accident will likely last for some time.
Enlisting a personal injury lawyer can help in the healing process. As a Brooklyn personal injury attorney, I understand the pain and fear that can come with an accident. I also fully comprehend the future impact such an injury can have.
If you have been injured in a taxicab or other motor vehicle accident, you need someone who will fight for your rights and do all he can to secure the compensation you deserve. Contact the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates today to begin the path to healing physically, financially, and emotionally.