New York may have more mass transit options compared to other cities, but particularly in Manhattan, a significant amount of travel is done in the taxicabs that have become synonymous with the City. And while the vast majority of taxi cab travel occurs without incident, some taxi trips can turn tragic. New Yorkers witnessed how grave the damage can be on August 20th, when a taxi jumped a curb and collided with a woman near Rockefeller Center, causing her to lose her left leg. Now, the woman — Sian Green, a 25-year-old visitor from Great Britain, plans to sue the City of New York, alleging the taxi driver should not have been permitted to drive a cab. Auto accidents are nothing new in New York City. However, the incident that caused the accident included a bicycle messenger with a long history of arrests and a taxi driver with several moving violations and an accident on his record. The question that only the courts can decide is: was the City negligent in issuing a taxi license to a driver with a bad safety record? If you find yourself in a situation involving an auto accident, contact a New York accident attorney that will fight to obtain a full and maximum settlement for you.
According to the woman’s attorney, the taxi cab driver at fault in the incident — Mohammed Faysal Himon, 24 — had seven points on his license and demonstrated a failure to keep pedestrians safe. A computer glitch in the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s system apparently allowed Himon to maintain his license, which ended up being a tragic mistake. Himon was driving near Rockefeller Center when he began jockeying for position with a bike messenger. Himon then lost control of the cab, causing it to lurch over the curb and collide violently with Green. In addition to losing her left leg, Green has severe nerve damage in her right leg and suffered a traumatic brain injury.
In addition to sustaining serious injurious, Green missed 47 days of work, and has only been able to return to work in a limited capacity. A major motivation for the lawsuit was Green’s desire for justice to be served in the situation after the District Attorney did not file charges against Himon. Despite the admission from Himon that his actions were the result of road rage, the District Attorney concluded after a two-month investigation that there was insufficient evidence to bring a case against him. Meanwhile, the City Law Department promises it will review the claim.
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Injuries like those suffered by Green can be life altering, and no amount of money can ever truly compensate for this severe injury. However, obtaining full & fair compensation can allow the accident victim & their family to have the best quality of life despite the pain & suffering and loss of limb resulting from the accident .A successful recovery may depend on securing compensation from a lawsuit to pay for medical care, prosthesis and physical rehabilitation. In these cases, having a skilled and experienced Brooklyn car accident attorney is vital for putting one’s life back on track. If you or a loved one has been injured by a car accident, call the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum at 718-237-5586.
Jeffrey K.Kestenbaum has a long record of obtaining justice and large monetary awards for accident victims. These verdicts and settlements serve two purposes. The first is to compensate the injured party. The second is to serve notice on those people, companies or municipalities who have engaged in negligent conduct that this disregard for the public’s safety will not be tolerated. This helps to raise the level of safety for all residents and visitors to New York. His office is located at 26 Court Street right across from the Brooklyn Supreme Court in Brooklyn. The firm can help you secure the compensation you deserve and ensure justice is served.