Many of our New York readers will remember an incident from last year that garnered national attention. A woman visiting New York from Great Britain was the victim in an accident involving a taxi. The cab driver said that he had to swerve to get out of the way of a bicyclist and could not stop from hitting the woman, who lost her foot in the car accident. She later had to have more of the leg amputated. Many expected that to be the end of the cab driver's professional driving career.
However, he did resume driving just a few weeks later. No criminal charges were ever filed against the cab driver, and so his license was reinstated by the Taxi and Limousine Commission. Later on, the commission asked the driver to voluntarily surrender his license, but he declined.
Understandably, the victim was upset that the cab driver only was suspended for a few weeks and was not charged criminally. She is suing the man and the city over the accident to the tune of $27.5 million, but it may take some time for that case to work its way to a conclusion.
Even though the man wasn't charged criminally, it doesn't mean that the civil case against him is doomed to failure. It can be very useful for pedestrians who have been injured in automobile accidents in New York City to consult with personal injury attorneys, who can advise them of their rights and help them understand how they might be able to receive compensation.
Source: New York Post, "Cabby still driving after crash left tourist an amputee," Gary Buiso, April 20, 2014